Olivia Wilde can be heard saying that Florence Pugh should have a ‘wake-up call’ in a leaked video that emerged on Friday, fueling rumors of major drama behind the scenes of their upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling.
The video was leaked after Shia LaBeouf refuted Wilde’s claim that he had been fired from the project, and in the footage Wilde, 38, can be heard encouraging LaBeouf to stay signed on to the film, rather than leave it, while also hinting at some apparent tension with Pugh, 26.
‘Shia, Shia, Shia…,’ Wilde begins playfully in the video, which she appears to have recorded while driving. ‘I just went riding with my horse, [I’m] very sweaty, but I wanted to reach out because I feel like I’m not ready to give up on this yet.’
Seemingly referencing Pugh, who she calls ‘Miss Flo,’ Wilde continues: ‘And, I too am heartbroken, and I want to figure this out. You know, I think this might be a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo.’
Awkward: Olivia Wilde suggests Florence Pugh should have a ‘wake-up call’ in LEAKED video that hints at a feud between the pair… as it’s revealed British actress will now LIMIT her press duties for Don’t Worry Darling
‘And I wanna know if you’re open to giving this a shot, with me. With us. If [Florence] really commits, if she really puts her mind and heart into it, at this point.’
Leaked: Olivia Wilde is seen in a leaked video that she had recorded to send to Shia LaBeouf
Wilde concludes her plea to the actor, saying: ‘And if you guys can make peace, and I respect your point of view, and I respect hers, if you guys can do it – what do you think? Is there hope? Will you let me know?’
The video seems to contradict her comments to Variety that LaBeouf was let go from the film due to his ‘combative energy.’
It also comes as TheWrap reported Friday that Pugh will only do one main piece of press to promote Wilde’s second feature as a director, suggesting the British star is distancing herself from the film.
‘Florence has been in Budapest filming Dune 2 and before that filming [Christopher Nolan’s] Oppenheimer,’ Pugh’s rep told the publication, adding: ‘She will be in Venice for the premiere coming off a night shoot in Budapest.’
The report adds that as it stands, the Venice Film Festival is set to be the only red carpet and press conference that Pugh is expected to attend.
‘She’ll be doing greetings for us from the set of Dune because she’s not doing press,’ a New Line Cinema executive added to The Wrap.
Meanwhile, further drama was fueled on Friday when Shia LaBeouf denied Olivia’s claims that he was fired from her movie due to his ‘combative energy’ and has instead insisted that he quit the project.
Earlier this week, Wilde gave an interview to Variety where she said LaBeouf’s process was ‘not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions’ after the role was ultimately recast with her now-boyfriend Styles.
Styles, 28, plays the character Jack alongside main star Florence Pugh, who is said to have had some ‘tension’ with LaBeouf.
However, LaBeouf, 36, has now supplied alleged evidence that refutes Wilde’s claims, including an email he sent to the director and a video that she sent to him, that was later leaked online, proving he walked away from the film.
LaBeouf claims he ‘quit the film due to lack of rehearsal time’ on August 17th in 2020, and forwarded Variety two emails that he claims he recently sent to Wilde.
In his messages to Wilde, LaBeouf states: ‘You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse.’
In the email, he references his troubled relationship with singer FKA Twigs, who has accused the actor of ‘sexual battery’ in a lawsuit, which he has denied, and also spoke of his daughter Isabel who he shares with partner Mia Goth.
Some studio sources have claimed to the publication that LaBeouf had been fired, while another said it was down to a ‘collective recognition that LaBeouf’s style of acting wasn’t a good fit for Wilde’s approach as a director.’
Variety reports that LaBeouf sent the publication screenshots of his conversations with Wilde, which claim they met in person to discuss his exit from the project.
Shia LaBeouf’s damning email to Olivia Wilde
Sent Wednesday 24th August
I hope this finds you inspired, purposeful, fulfilled & well. I pray every night that you & your family have health, happiness, & everything God would give me. No joke, every night before I sleep.
I have a little girl, Isabel; she is five months old and just beginning to develop the last half of her laugh; it’s AMAZING. Mia, my wife & I have found each other again & are journeying toward a healthy family with love and mutual respect.
I have embarked on a journey that feels redemptive & righteous (dirty word but fitting). I write to you now with 627 days of sobriety and a moral compass that never existed before my great humbling that was the last year and a quarter of my life. I reached out to you a few months ago to make amends; & I still pray one day, you can find space in your heart to forgive me for the failed collaboration we shared.
What inspired this email today is your latest Variety story. I am greatly honored by your words on my work; thank you, that felt good to read. I am a little confused about the narrative that I was fired, however. You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors & I couldn’t find time to rehearse. I have included as a reminder the screenshots of our text exchange on that day, and my text to Tobey.
I know that you are beginning your press run for DWD and that the news of my firing is attractive clickbait, as I am still persona-non-grata and may remain as such for the rest of my life. But, speaking of my daughter, I often think about the news articles she will read when she is literate. And though I owe, and will owe for the rest of my life, I only owe for my actions.
My failings with Twigs are fundamental and real, but they are not the narrative that has been presented. There is a time and a place to deal with such things, and I am trying to navigate a nuanced situation with respect for her and the truth, hence my silence. But this situation with your film and my “firing” will never have a court date with which to deal with the facts. If lies are repeated enough in the public they become truth. And so, it makes it that much harder for me to crawl out of the hole I have dug with my behaviors, to be able to provide for my family.
Firing me never took place, Olivia. And while I fully understand the attractiveness of pushing that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that brings. It is not the truth. So I am humbly asking, as a person with an eye toward making things right, that you correct the narrative as best you can. I hope none of this negatively effects you, and that your film is successful in all the ways you want it to be.
Every Blessing To You,
Wilde allegedly texted the actor: ‘Thanks for letting me in on your thought process. I know that isn’t fun. Doesn’t feel good to say no to someone, and I respect your honesty.’
‘I’m honored you were willing to go there with me, for me to tell a story with you. I’m gutted because it could have been something special. I want to make clear how much it means to me that you trust me. That’s a gift I’ll take with me.’
LaBeouf then claims to the trade outlet that he ‘officially’ quit the film the following day after their conversation in August 2020.
LaBeouf supplies another message where Wilde allegedly wrote to him: ‘You don’t have to be in my movies but don’t ever doubt me. We pinky promised. That means something in my house.’
Coming soon: Don’t Worry Darling, which comes out next month, stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as a 1950s married couple that becomes ensnared with a cult in their idyllic town
DailyMail.com has reached out reps for both LaBeouf and Wilde who have so far been unavailable for comment.
In an email to Wilde, LaBeouf acknowledges his relationship with British singer FKA Twigs, where he writes: ‘My failings with Twigs are fundamental and real, but they are not the narrative that has been presented.’
Twigs – real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett – accused LaBeouf in a lawsuit of knowingly giving her a sexually transmitted disease and also accused him of ‘relentless abuse,’ including sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress. He has denied the claims.
He also talks about his daughter Isabel, who he shares with current partner Mia Goth.
‘I have a little girl, Isabel; she is five months old and just beginning to develop the last half of her laugh; it’s AMAZING,’ LaBeouf writes.
Bombshell interview: LaBeouf is responding to Wilde’s Variety interview where she also slammed her ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis for infamously serving her custody papers
He goes on: ‘Mia, my wife & I have found each other again & are journeying toward a healthy family with love and mutual respect.’
LaBeouf is responding to Wilde’s Variety interview where she also slammed her ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis for infamously serving her custody papers in front of a large audience while onstage at the 2022 CinemaCon back in April.
The actress called the ugly incident ‘an attack on her workplace’, but said she was not surprised at it happening because there was a ‘reason’ she left that relationship.
Olivia and Jason, who first met in 2011, have two children together – eight-year-old Otis, and five-year-old Daisy.
Four months ago, Olivia was on stage at the ComicCon event in Las Vegas to promote her upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling when she was ambushed with a petition from Jason – who wanted their children to live with him in New York City.
The actress slammed her ex-fiancé for the way it happened as she told Variety in her cover story: ‘It was my workplace. In any other workplace, it would be seen as an attack.
Olivia and Jason (seen with their kids in February 2020) were in a relationship for nearly a decade from 2011 to 2020 and she believes their children are the victims in all of this as she said: ‘The only people who suffered were my kids, because they’ll have to see that, and they shouldn’t ever have to know that happened
Sweet: Wilde is now dating Harry Styles, 28, after the pair formed a close bond while shooting the psychological thriller in late 2020 (pictured together on set)
Olivia and Jason were in a relationship for nearly a decade from 2011 to 2020 and she blasted her ex for serving her in such a public way at Cinemacon.
The House star did not hold back as she explained: ‘To try to sabotage that was really vicious. But I had a job to do; I’m not easily distracted.
‘But, you know, sadly, it was not something that was entirely surprising to me. I mean, there’s a reason I left that relationship.’
A source close to the former couple told DailyMail.com exclusively back in April that Jason had ‘no idea’ the papers were being served to her in that way.
‘Jason had no idea that this was happening,’ the insider shared. ‘Nobody knew until the photos suddenly appeared. He is appalled about the whole thing and never would have wanted Olivia to be put in this kind of situation.
‘His sole priority is their children and making sure that they are safe and happy.’
She is currently dating One Direction boybander and star of her latest film Harry Styles, 28, as the two have been romantically linked since January 2021.