Olivia Wilde wore Kwaidan Editions & Valentino at the San Sebastian festival

I genuinely don’t know what the original promotional plan for Don’t Worry Darling was, but I have to believe that it wasn’t “Olivia Wilde goes out solo repeatedly to make an ass out of herself.” I haven’t seen Gemma Chan, Chris Pine or Florence Pugh do one dedicated interview for DWD, although Harry Styles has done some interviews to promote the film, plus his tour plus his other film, My Policeman. Still, DWD’s promo has become The Olivia Wilde Show.

Olivia actually had a one-week reprieve last week, when most gossip outlets were focused on the Toronto International Film Festival and Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Olivia managed to squeak by without too much backlash for her completely f–king bonkers Vanity Fair cover story, which mimicked the lies she told to Variety. In the rare moments when she could have actually clarified or apologized for her lies, she’s smugly pontificated about how the DWD shambles is all some gossip conspiracy or something. Meanwhile, Florence won’t do any promotion, and neither will Chris Pine.

So here’s Olivia, going solo this past weekend at the San Sebastian Film Festival. She’s the only person from DWD to show up. For the photocall, she wore a ‘70s-style dress from Kwaidan Editions. For the premiere, she wore a green Valentino. I actually like the bold print, I just think she styled it poorly? I hate to say it, but this would have been the moment to do a center part with pin-straight hair, leaning into the ‘70s vibe. The Valentino is meh to me too – I hate this recent design element to cut the bust so narrow, all to expose some side-boob or whatever.

Meanwhile, Don’t Worry Darling opens this week. Some prognosticators are trying to say that all of the drama around the film will help the box office. I’m not so sure.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Cover Images.

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  1. CidySmiley says:

    It’s so odd and bleeding awkward that the only person out promoting is the director. Like no other director is out doing this.

    It smells to me like the other actors went back to their teams and negotiated no more press because it has been and will continue to be the Olivia Makes an Ass Out Of Herself show.

    She has centered herself and that was clearly suuuch a mistake.

    Also the reviews on Harry Styles acting in both My Policeman and DWD, have been a big negative question mark of like, he’s not great. You can feel he’s trying and he’s not doing a great job. Particularly the accent in DWD is being shredded.

    • Bishg says:

      Which is fair and well deserved. Why has Harry given the opportunity to start a Hollywood career with prestigious projects and directors? When and where did the have the opportunity to prove himself as an actor? I guess someone thought it would be a genius marketing idea since he’s the most popular popstar in the world, has millions of fans fawning over him (and spending money to go to his concerts) and a pretty stage persona.

      • Mel says:

        Trying to turn a popular singer into a box office draw is a Hollywood rite. Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Gaga etc. Only problem is, most of them can’t act their way out of a paper bag. They kept trying to make Beyonce an actress and they finally gave up because she just can’t. Harry will get a few more bites and if nothing gets better, that’s it. I understand both performances, especially My Policeman are awful.

      • Miss Owlsyn says:

        Every rockstar wants to be an actor, every actor wants to be a rockstar. Some are much more successful than others. Mel is right that starting at the top is not unusual at all for big music stars breaking in to acting, it seems like most of them begin with a bit of higher profile stunt casting.

    • The Recluse says:

      WAPO reviewed the film. Gave it a mediocre review. Styles apparently was serviceable in it, but not great.
      Pugh got the best review.

  2. Emmi says:

    No joke, my grandparents had curtains with a very similar pattern in the downstairs apartment. They bought them in 1974. The apartment is for guests, my grandparents died in the 90s. But those curtains are still there … been staring at them for 38 years. Ah, memories. LOL

  3. mia girl says:

    You aren’t kidding when you say that Chris Pine won’t promote the film either. I saw that he cancelled his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel that was originally scheduled for tonight to promote DWD.

  4. Roo says:

    I wonder why Chris Pine and Gemma Chan are avoiding promotion. Do you think they had negative interactions with Olivia personally or are protective of Flo? And I find myself so embarrassed for Olivia. Her efforts to center the PR around her have backfired. And is the relationship with Harry already over?

    Something nice: The green dress looks great. I agree that the halter is cut too narrowly, but the color is lovely on her.

    • Emmi says:

      I think it’s safe to say that both are very conscious of their image. Pine because he’s worked long and hard to be taken seriously as an actor and Chan because let’s face it, she’s an Asian woman in that industry. This mess isn’t their brand.

    • Lemons says:

      @Emmi is right, they are cutting their losses after that shambolic showing at the Venice Film Festival. Pine doesn’t need any more memes of him reacting to Harry. And Gemma has already been largely forgotten and she’s practically A-list. Her efforts can be better placed elsewhere.

    • Jo says:

      I think the actors not being there is probably a conscious effort on the part of the promotional team to avoid more articles about body language between them…

    • Snoozer says:

      Kiki Layne also hasn’t done any interviews or promo. She hasn’t posted one single trailer, clip or poster of the film. It’s really something!

    • Debbie says:

      You’re right, the color of the green dress does suit Olivia. After seeing the first picture of her in that dress, I thought that the cut of the bust made her boobs look sad, but that’s partly on the designer who should know that a woman cannot wear a brassiere with such a dress, so what would they expect? I also thought she must have some great abs to be able to wear a dress in metallic fabric and still look good at the midriff. Such dresses can be very unforgiving if the light is not just right. Then, I scrolled down further and Bingo! the dreaded light got her in the third picture. That third photo was messier overall.

      There’s something I like about the 70s look but I thought it kind of washed out her complexion in the strong daylight.

    • usedtobehappy21 says:

      Ok. I didn’t pay too much attention because frankly, I’ve never ever been able to stand her.
      So I actually thought she must have WROTE the screenplay because of all of the front and center she’s been throughout this whole ridiculous build up to what seems to me will be a mediocre film. I had no idea she was the director only. I figured because she was so “look at me” and “I’m so talented” on the Olivia Show, there had to be more to her involvement. Nope, she’s just as self centered and arrogant as I’ve always thought she was. Maybe even a little bit more.

  5. Amy T says:

    Every time I see her name or photo now, the word “messy” pops into my head. For things to be as public as they are (Pine canceling a late-night appearance,eg.), whatever happened has to have been next-level bad.

  6. laurie says:

    She has a gigantic forehead and shouldn’t pull her hair back like that. That’s all I got …

  7. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    She looks beautiful in both looks

    • Seraphina says:

      I respectfully disagree. That green dress looks horrid. It does her body no favors – her chest is spilling out the sides and she looks like she has a tummy. I have a tummy and try to avoid drawing attention there or accentuating it and so this is just not a good look for her.
      Also, face powder will be of some good. I too get shiny when it’s hot out but I think that’s the look she’s going for.

      • Lady Baden-Baden says:

        …Okay? I think she looks beautiful, “tummy” and all

      • Same says:

        I think she looks beautiful too — oddly enough I would have swapped hair styles — the straight look with the 70’s dress. The bodice is too narrow on the green and I don’t understand the thumb holders on the print (is she going to throw on ski gloves?) but she looks lovely.

  8. rawiya says:

    How is Olivia making an ass of herself? All things considered, I think she’s conducted herself really well during the press tours. She could have just gone with snarky and doubled down on everyone’s (largely unwarranted) negative opinion of her. And Chris not doing promo seems more to do with spitgate/the disassociation memes than Olivia. He’s going to throw away a decade-long friendship for Florence, who he’s known for 4 years? Gemma attended the New York premiere. Her character is a supporting character, so I’m not sure how much promo she would have done without all this Miss Flo drama.

    • Concern Fae says:

      She’s making an ass of herself because so much of this is because she can’t keep her mouth shut. It’s pretty obvious shit went down on set. It’s a director’s job to shut that down. She didn’t, but instead blew things up. Go to the wedding with Harry, yes. But make sure you don’t get photographed together. People do that all the time. Don’t get into a public nasty custody battle with your ex. Have your lawyer arrange acceptance of the papers they are filing. Don’t give interviews justifying your actions.

      She looks bad because she is charging forward as if Venice didn’t happen. And if an old friend who is known to be a great guy isn’t standing up for you, take it as a sign you need to change your ways.

  9. MangoAngelesque says:

    Well, the destruction of the movie was the Olivia Wilde Show, so why shouldn’t the promotion of it be the same?

    She’s a wretch.

  10. LeeLee says:

    The first dress is right up my alley.

  11. CC says:

    The Valentino does her boobs no favors.

  12. Eurydice says:

    I think the first dress is cute on her. The Valentino is criminally awful – it doesn’t look like a deliberate design, just something several sizes too small.

  13. AnneL says:

    I think the 70s style dress is fun but agree that she should have gone with an era-appropriate hairstyle. The green dress is is a lovely color for her (though I think green suits a lot of people, actually) but I also HATE that side-boob-a-licious style.

    The movie has not garnered good reviews, though they say Florence is great. In fact, there hasn’t really been criticism of the acting aside from Styles’. I think Harry bit off more than he could chew for one of his first acting projects. But I can’t really fault him for trying.

    It is so weird how all of the actors are fleeing promotion, isn’t it? Is it just because of Olivia and the drama or is it partly because of the reviews?

    BTW Kyle Chandler’s older daughter, Sidney, is in the movie. I’m curious to know how she does. I’ve been a fan of his since he played Jeff in “Homefront”. She’s very pretty and kind of quirky in her style, which I like. Looks a lot like her father.

    • Red says:

      Kyle’s daughter started dating her bf when he was 17 and she was mid twenties.

      I love the 70’s dress too.

      • AnneL says:

        Really? Well, that’s weird and inappropriate. *Sigh*. Why can’t people do the right thing?

        Full disclosure, when I was in high school my BF was two years younger than I was. We started dating when I was 17 and he was 15. It wouldn’t fly today. When my son was a Senior there was no way he would have dated a Sophomore.

        But we were both teenagers and pretty evenly matched in terms of maturity. He was the youngest in a big family and always hung around with his older siblings.
        I’m just saying, it’s not like I was an adult and he was a high schooler, you know?

  14. Lizzie Bathory says:

    If the film is a success (critically and/or financially), Olivia will be fine. But if it’s not, her future as a director is very much in question. There are a bunch of really talented folks in the cast, so I’ll probably see it at some point, but a recent review I read made it seem like the direction was nothing to write home about.

    • Coco says:

      The reviews for DWD are low on average it getting a 1.5 stars and RT has it at 34% it seems the more it watched are reviewed the lower the score gets.

      For example the movie score from from a 2 star on average to a 1.5 overnight after the NY premier.

    • MF says:

      I dunno. Even if the movie is a financial success, her reputation as a director has taken a hit. She’s gonna have a hard time getting top-tier talent to star in her films, at least for a while. If I were an A- or B-list actor, I would not want to work on an Olivia Wilde film–not after the way she’s been so messy, so unprofessional on set, making headlines for all the wrong reasons, making the promotion all about her.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        That’s fair & I agree that in-demand talent might not want to work with her, but if she makes people money, all manner of sins can be overlooked. As they say, the operative word in “show business” is business.

      • Miss Owlsyn says:

        If Olivia lays low for awhile, in a few years she will make another smaller movie like Booksmart and all the articles and covers will tout “The Resurrection of Olivia Wilde”. She’ll be a darling again.


        I also think, in time, public opinion might give her a bit of a pass due to the disintegration of her relationship with Jason S. and how DWD was shot during a “difficult” transition in her life. I’m not saying this perspective is true or not true, just that it would be easy to write it that way once she is back in everyone’s good graces.

      • Cava 24 says:

        @ Miss Owlsyn – I don’t know that she will be a darling. She’ll probably get directing work but the Variety and Vanity Fair interviews were bonkers, she sounded like an asshole and she was focused on the wrong things. I think all this time she’s felt she should get extra points for “directing while pretty” and people just aren’t going to give her any additional push for her looks, her personality or her supposed politics anymore.

  15. Mel says:

    I like the 70’s dress, the green dress just looks like it’s too small on top. It’s a shame, that she had to make herself the focus instead of her work and she let her mouth and ego derail her career. She might come back, but I think she might have a hard time getting stars to work with her. I wouldn’t be surprised if Harry Styles dumps her for HIS film career.

  16. CruzMom says:

    I think she looks stunning in both dresses, and I love her styling here. I am curious if we’ll ever hear the full story of what happened here. The cinematographer said the set was great while he was there, which throws a wrench in the narrative. I’m curious if this wasn’t a few unfortunate media choices that snowballed extremely quickly. FP supports Depp so I doubt she is that concerned about problematic behavior like cheating (unless it’s just when girls do it), so it’s possible she was simply annoyed with the promotional focus on sex when there is hardly any in the movie. She ran with the public support while she had it and could keep her name everywhere. Top that with the unhinged Harry fans and OW’s unnecessary missteps regarding Shia (and let’s be real, he appears to be a narcissist, so who knows what the full truth is there), and the media tore OW to shreds. It’s not lost on me that the exact same set of circumstances would never have tanked a male director. To be blacklisted as a man, you’d need to physically assault someone or marry your stepdaughter or something … (oh wait, scratch that).

    • Coco says:

      How did FD run with the “public support” when she has said nothing about any of it?

      Olivia is not blacklisted nor is the movie shelved.

  17. Luna17 says:

    I like the 70s dress and spot on with the comment about the long, straight hair. I love the 70s aesthetic and that would have looked great IMO. I personally love 70s style clothes that look like they could be couch designs.

    I have zero desire to see this movie but I am so invested in the drama at this point I feel like I should just go ahead and at least see the movie when it’s on Netflix or some streaming service for free. I’m not spending money to see this in the theater.

  18. jferber says:

    I like the print dress better. It’s unfortunate there’s been nothing but bad gossip around this film. I haven’t kept up with it, but I’d like to see the film and judge for myself how good it is.

  19. Bread and Circuses says:

    I like both dresses quite a lot, just not entirely.

    The patterned one, I ~should~ hate, but it actually looks much better on her than the green dress does.

    And the green dress is super-pretty, but I agree the cut along the bust just makes it look like she chose the wrong size (despite the fact it’s intentionally that way).

    As for the scandal and all it’s far-ranging symptoms, it’s far more interesting to me than the film.