Olivia Wilde says Bradley Cooper was ‘a great supporter’ of her directing herself


Olivia Wilde shared that Bradley Cooper was a ‘great supporter’ of hers when she decided to both act in and direct Don’t Worry Darling.

Cooper, 47, directed and starred in the 2018 feature A Star Is Born and is assuming both positions again for an upcoming biopic of Leonard Bernstein.

Speaking to Maggie Gyllenhaal for Interview, Wilde revealed that Bradley told her: ‘It’s going to be really wonderful to be able to direct from within the scenes.’

Details: Cooper, 47, directed and starred in the 2018 feature A Star Is Born (pictured) and is assuming both positions again for an upcoming biopic of Leonard Bernstein

Advice: Olivia Wilde (pictured left in Don’t Worry Darling) has said Bradley Cooper (pictured right in a Star Is Born) was a ‘great supporter’ of the idea of her directing herself

Maggie, like Bradley and Olivia, is a movie star who recently shifted gears into directing, making her debut with last year’s drama The Lost Daughter.

Wilde confessed that when she was considering the idea of both acting in and directing Don’t Worry Darling, she wound up only asking male directors for advice.

‘The funny thing is, when I asked director friends how that experience would be, I just happened to ask a bunch of dudes, and they all said: “Oh, it’s so great,”‘ she said.

‘All of these men had done this in comfortable shoes, and I swear part of it is that I was in a f***ing bustier and heels and a wig,’ Olivia quipped.

Throwback: Cooper acted in A Star Is Born opposite Lady Gaga, who received an Oscar nomination for best actress and won the best original song prize

Throwback: Cooper acted in A Star Is Born opposite Lady Gaga, who received an Oscar nomination for best actress and won the best original song prize

‘They were coming at me doing these necessary but frustrating touch-ups at every second, and I was like: “I need to be at the monitor, I need to be in charge.” I found that to be really hard,’ she acknowledged.

However, despite the drawbacks of being in ‘Full glam!’, the sense of ‘being in solidarity with the actors – particularly on a shoot that’s difficult because it’s long, and we’re in the desert, and it’s a thriller so the emotions are running high, and there’s the COVID of it all – felt important.’

She explained: ‘That I could say: “We, the cast, are really going through it,” and I’m not just the director in comfortable sweats sitting over there in the air-conditioned video village, being like: “You guys good?”‘

Wilde’s publicity campaign for her latest directorial venture has been overshadowed by snowballing revelations about the drama behind the scenes.

Heartthrob: Speaking to Maggie Gyllenhaal for Interview , Wilde revealed that Bradley told her: 'It's going to be really wonderful to be able to direct from within the scenes'

Heartthrob: Speaking to Maggie Gyllenhaal for Interview , Wilde revealed that Bradley told her: ‘It’s going to be really wonderful to be able to direct from within the scenes’

Recently she found herself in a public war of words with Shia LaBeouf, who was initially tapped to play the male lead.

Last month 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 Harry Styles.

Styles, 28, plays the character Jack alongside main star Florence Pugh, who is said to have had some ‘tension’ with LaBeouf on the set of Don’t Worry Darling.  

In response, LaBeouf supplied alleged evidence to refute Wilde’s claims, including an email he sent to the director and a video that she allegedly sent to him, proving he walked away from the film rather than being fired.

Doubling up: 'All of these men had done this in comfortable shoes, and I swear part of it is that I was in a f***ing bustier and heels and a wig,' Olivia, who is pictured in the film, quipped

Doubling up: ‘All of these men had done this in comfortable shoes, and I swear part of it is that I was in a f***ing bustier and heels and a wig,’ Olivia, who is pictured in the film, quipped

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.’ 

Some studio sources have claimed to the publication that LaBeouf had been fired, while another said his departure was down to a ‘collective recognition that LaBeouf’s style of acting wasn’t a good fit for Wilde’s approach as a director.’ 

However LaBeouf has sent Variety purported screenshots of his conversations with Wilde, which claim they met in person to discuss his exit from the project. 

Clash: Recently she found herself in a public war of words with Shia LaBeouf (pictured), who was initially tapped to play the male lead

Clash: Recently she found herself in a public war of words with Shia LaBeouf (pictured), who was initially tapped to play the male lead

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.

As well as texts, LaBeouf reportedly provided Variety with a video that Wilde allegedly sent him on August 19th 2020, two days after he is said to have quit. 

Gushing: Wilde has lavished praise on her leads Harry Styles and Florence Pugh for creating 'a love story that felt so sincere' in the film

Gushing: Wilde has lavished praise on her leads Harry Styles and Florence Pugh for creating ‘a love story that felt so sincere’ in the film

Variety claims that in the video Wilde is heard saying she is ‘not ready to give up on this yet,’ as he appears to beg the actor to reconsider. 

Wilde is then said to allude to tension between LaBeouf and lead star Florence Pugh, who plays Alice, the wife of Jack.

‘I feel like I’m not ready to give up on this yet, and I too am heartbroken and I want to figure this out,’ Wilde allegedly says in the video.

‘You know, I think this might be a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo [Florence Pugh], and I want to know if you’re open to giving this a shot with me, with us.’

Busty bombshell: There have been consistent rumors of a rift between Pugh (pictured in March in London) and her director

Busty bombshell: There have been consistent rumors of a rift between Pugh (pictured in March in London) and her director

Wilde goes on: ‘If she really commits, if she really puts her mind and heart into it at this point and if you guys can make peace – and I respect your point of view, I respect hers – but if you guys can do it, what do you think? Is there hope? Will you let me know?’

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.’

DailyMail.com has reached out reps for both LaBeouf and Wilde who have so far been unavailable for comment. 

In December 2020, LaBeouf was hit with a lawsuit from his ex FKA Twigs, who has accused him of sexual battery, infliction of emotional distress and knowingly giving her a sexually transmitted disease, among other allegations. 

Meanwhile, there have been rumors that Wilde is feuding with Pugh, who is said to have fallen out with her over the romance with Styles.

Wilde however recently gushed that Pugh is ‘ferociously talented’ and ‘dogged in her pursuit of the most authentic version of every moment’.

Out and about: Her words come as it has been alleged that Olivia and Florence had fallen out over the director's romance with Harry (Olivia pictured in September 2022)

Out and about: Her words come as it has been alleged that Olivia and Florence had fallen out over the director’s romance with Harry (Olivia pictured in September 2022)

Pouring further praise on the two actors, she added: ‘They’re both very loving people, and they knew that it’s the little moments that differentiate a performative love from an authentic love.’

It also comes as TheWrap reported Friday that Pugh will only do one main piece of press to promote Olivia’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. 

Pugh was said to be unhappy with her Don’t Worry Darling co-star and director Wilde because of the way her relationship began with Styles.

Styles and Pugh play a married couple in the sexually charged movie, which tells the story of a 1950s housewife living with her husband in a Utopian experimental community. Olivia appears as a character called Bunny.

Wilde was previously engaged to Jason Sudeikis since 2012 and they share children Otis, eight, and Daisy, five.

Jack and Alice: Florence and Harry play Jack and Alice Chambers, who seem to be the perfect couple... until she starts discovering things about their secretive community

Jack and Alice: Florence and Harry play Jack and Alice Chambers, who seem to be the perfect couple… until she starts discovering things about their secretive community

But there is some confusion over timings because Wilde and the Ted Lasso star were thought to have split in November 2020.

Wilde made headlines with Styles in January 2021, when they were photographed holding hands at his manager’s wedding. 

While it’s never been confirmed that Wilde and Styles’ romance began while she was still engaged to Sudeikis, Page Six have reported that Pugh has fallen out with Wilde over the coupling.

An insider told the site: ‘Flo seeing Olivia and Harry all over each other on set did not go down well as Olivia was still with Jason when she first hooked up with Harry.’

Rift? Florence was said to be unhappy with her Don't Worry Darling co-star and director Olivia because of the way her relationship began with Harry

Rift? Florence was said to be unhappy with her Don’t Worry Darling co-star and director Olivia because of the way her relationship began with Harry

At the time, sources claimed the relationship with Styles was the main reason for the split.

One insider told the site that the affair with Styles had been ongoing for a month, leaving Jason distraught. 

The insider added this week: ‘Jason and the kids visited Olivia on set at the beginning a few times, so I think this all made people feel a little uncomfortable.’ 

MailOnline contacted a spokersperson for Wilde, Styles and Sudeikis for comment at the time of original publication.

Fans have noticed that Pugh has not praised Wilde as a director on the project.  

Family: Olivia and Jason were previously engaged however they separated in late 2020. The two stars share two children together, Otis, 8, and Daisy, 5, (pictured in February 2020)

Family: Olivia and Jason were previously engaged however they separated in late 2020. The two stars share two children together, Otis, 8, and Daisy, 5, (pictured in February 2020)

She is said to have failed to ‘like’ a post in which Wilde included the full official trailer for Don’t Worry Darling last month. 

Yet Wilde shared a picture of Pugh and wrote: ‘Watching this woman work was such a f–king thrill! Cannot wait to show you more. @florencepugh @dontworrydarling.’

Pugh didn’t respond but that same day posted a trailer for another new project, Oppenheimer.’

One fan wrote: ‘The way Florence Pugh has yet to post about don’t worry darling even though there are two trailers out for it and yet she’ll post about every single other project that she’s doing right now like what did Olivia Wilde do ????’

However, a source told Page Six that Pugh was already scheduled to post about Oppenheimer that day for some specific reason and it had nothing to do with a response to Wilde.

Wilde and Styles will soon step on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival for the world premiere of the new movie and no doubt all eyes will be on them. 

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