Harry Styles and Florence Pugh reportedly shared an off-screen kiss after developing “instant chemistry” on the set of Don’t Worry Darling – weeks before the One Direction star began a relationship with his married director, Olivia Wilde.
The beleaguered film, in which Styles and Pugh play a married couple, was overshadowed by a series of controversies before and after its memorably awkward premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.
Notably, Pugh didn’t recognize Wilde on the red carpet following an on-set argument – reportedly sparked by the actress’ discomfort with her director who begins a very public relationship with Styles during the shooting the film on location in Los Angeles.
Claims: Harry Styles and Florence Pugh allegedly shared an off-screen kiss after developing ‘instant chemistry’ on the set of Don’t Worry Darling – weeks before the One Direction star began a relationship with his married director, Olivia Wilde
And sources say their fallout stems from the initial chemistry shared by Pugh and her on-screen husband before he fell in love with Wilde.
An insider told The Sun: “Harry and Florence had chemistry from the start, which translated incredibly well on screen. One night they kissed for a bit, all very lighthearted and a bit of fun, and that’s all.
“It was told by a few members of the production, otherwise no one would have known about it.” Harry was very single at the time and Florence had split from Zach Braff, although she kept quiet to – ironically – avoid the headlines.
“There was no cheating or misbehavior on anyone’s part. However, later on Harry and Olivia started spending more time together – sneaking in for coffees, hanging out in the caravans the each other and sharing little routine intimacies.
Feud: Sources say the Pugh and Wilde fallout stems from the initial chemistry shared by Pugh and her on-screen husband before he became romantically involved with Wilde (Olivia pictured at the Dont Worry Darling premiere in September 2022)
The insider added that it was clear Harry and Olivia had a real connection and Florence would have been unhappy when pictures of them holding hands surfaced.
It was already rumored that there was tension between the two women, with Harry and Olivia’s budding romance making matters worse.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Styles, Pugh and Wilde for comment.
Pugh avoided promoting her starring role in Don’t Worry Darling amid rumors of a feud between her and Wilde.
The actress missed the film’s photocall at the Venice Film Festival and kept her distance from the director on the red carpet.
Others noticed that the actress posted little about the film on her social media accounts, which also fueled rumors of on-set friction.
A source said: ‘Harry was very single at the time and Florence had split from Zach Braff, although she kept quiet to – ironically – avoid headlines’
A report from Page Six in late July claimed that Pugh was angry with Wilde for hooking up with main man Harry Styles during production — while still engaged to Jason Sudeikis — before they split in November.
“I can tell you for sure that Flo seeing Olivia and Harry on top of each other on set didn’t go well because Olivia was still with Jason when she first met Harry,” said The source.
Pugh was asked by an Italian reporter at the event about what she found “inspiring” about the film and appeared to do a sly dig at Wilde.
She replied, “I think it’s very, very inspiring to see a woman step back and say ‘no’ and question everything.” It’s very exciting to see a woman do this on and off camera.
When asked when she ‘says ‘no’ off camera, Pugh jokingly replied, ‘When do I say ‘no’? When someone says I can’t have cake.
Tension: The insider added that it was clear Harry and Olivia had a real connection and Florence was said to be upset when photos of them holding hands surfaced
Rumors of tension escalated after Wilde suggested Pugh should have a “wake-up call” in a leaked video this month.
The video was leaked after Shia rebutted Olivia’s claim that he was fired from the project, and in the footage, Wilde can be heard encouraging LaBeouf to stay connected to the film, rather than quitting, while still alluding to an apparent tension with Florence. .
Wilde gave an interview to Variety where she said Shia LaBeouf’s process was “not conducive to the ethics I demand in my productions” after the role was eventually recast with her now-boyfriend Harry.
In response, Shia provided alleged evidence to refute Wilde’s claims, including an email he sent to the director and a video she allegedly sent to him, proving he walked away from the film instead. than to be fired.
Shia claimed he “left the film due to lack of rehearsal time” on August 17, 2020, and forwarded Variety two emails he claims he recently sent to Wilde.
Some studio sources told the publication that Shia was fired, while another said his departure was due to a “collective recognition that LaBeouf’s style of play did not suit Wilde’s approach as a than a director”.
Premiere: Florence (far right) missed the Don’t Worry Darling photocall during the Venice Film Festival and kept her distance from Olivia (centre right) on the red carpet
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