Is there anything better than low-stakes celebrity gossip after a long weekend? The answer is no. No there is not. And the Don’t Worry Darling Venice premiere gave us all the messy nonsense we could ever ask for. Pugh, of course, has begged off of doing publicity, and around the time that Olivia Wilde was telling reporters during a Q&A that scheduling conflicts prevented Florence Pugh from attending the presser, Pugh was high-stepping around in the same city not too far away from the Q&A.
little miss olivia said “scheduling conflicts” and here flo is pic.twitter.com/G87NYcijvB— mads 📡 (@tobesofreaks) September 5, 2022
She did make it to the red carpet, however, and she did answer one question, and this answer! The “off camera” feels so … pointed.
I: “I think your role is inspiring”— Erin ×͜× ✨LTdefenseless28✨ (@tdefenseless28) September 5, 2022
F: “Why is it inspiring?”
I: “I can spoil it”
F: “I can spoil it too!.. I think it’s very inspiring for a woman to push back and say no & question everything…on & off camera.”
The film — despite some mixed (to woefully bad) reviews — did receive a standing ovation, although Pugh did not share in the glow with her director, according to Variety:
Pugh had skipped the press conference for the film earlier in the day. When the audience at Venice erupted into a 4-minute standing ovation for the film, a teary-eyed Pugh — who was sitting several seats away from Wilde — turned away completely from her director, as she instead faced (and danced with) her co-star Nick Kroll.
That is no exaggeration. She didn’t even look to her right during the ovation:
And check out the pointed “Miss Flo” caption on this Insta from Pugh’s stylist (“Miss Flo” is how Wilde condescendingly referred to Pugh in a video to Shia LaBeouf):
But maybe the low-key most interesting moments of the night involved Harry Styles and Chris Pine. To wit, here’s Pine’s blank expression while listening to Styles blather that his “favorite thing about the movie is that it feels like a movie”:
Chris Pine’s soul leaves his body as he listens to Harry Styles explain concept of movies— billboard pop ➐ (@bilIboardpop) September 5, 2022
And then there was this: The night’s most bizarre moment. Did Harry Styles spit in Chris Pine’s hand?
Of course, he didn’t! Or did he?
the chris pine/harry styles spit video is my zapruder film pic.twitter.com/XTZoJQOxv7— Cat Cardenas (@catrcardenas) September 6, 2022
Here’s another angle.
babe wake up another angle of harry styles spitting on Chris pine just dropped pic.twitter.com/PLs2D6r9c7— lewis 🍿 (@lewisjwr) September 6, 2022
WHAT IS GOING ON?
I am going to need a week to myself and the right technology to figure out if Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine. Then I would need another week to cope pic.twitter.com/PTNlA4E1oE— it was rachatha all along (@RachelLeishman) September 6, 2022
That's the real question isn't it: why? The how and the who is just scenery for the public. Pugh, Styles, Wilde, LaBeouf, keeps 'em guessing like some kind of parlor game, prevents 'em from asking the most important question: why? Why was Chris Pine spit on? Who benefited? Who?? pic.twitter.com/0DGYXgxWxB— 𝐈 𝐒𝐈𝐏 𝐓𝐄𝐀 𝐎𝐍 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄 (@shdwbxng) September 6, 2022
Pretended all this Don’t Worry Darling drama was beneath me but now there’s supposed footage of Harry Styles spitting on Chris Pine pic.twitter.com/Y7aIzXxGin— Jeff Zhang 张佶润 (@strangeharbors) September 6, 2022
This movie is giving me LIFE.
Don't Worry Darling is the hottest club in New York. It has everything! Jason Sudeikis serving Olivia Wilde onstage. Maggie Gyllenhaall saying "no." Harry Styles' poor acting skills. And indifferent Chris Pine. Florence Pugh drinking aperol spritz in a matching set.— Hillary (@Billy1490) September 5, 2022
breaking down the harry styles-chris pine spit incident pic.twitter.com/mlBdUCeEmx— Adam London (@_adamlondon) September 6, 2022
Years from now, people will ask each other “where were you the night Harry Styles spat on Chris Pine”— Lucy James (@lucyjamesgames) September 6, 2022
SO FLORENCE PUGH DIDN'T LIKE OLIVIA WILDE HOOKING UP WITH HARRY STYLES BECAUSE SHE'S FRIENDS WITH OLIVIA'S HUSBAND JASON SUDEIKIS SO FLORENCE WOULDN'T PROMOTE THE MOVIE. THEN SHIA LEBEOUF LEAKED A VIDEO OF OLIVIA CALLING FLORENCE "MISS FLO" & NOW HARRY SPIT ON CHRIS PINE, BUT… pic.twitter.com/H3NxkEavxQ— Uncle Johnny 🏳️🌈 (@MvelaseP) September 6, 2022
I hopped off twitter for 30 minutes and Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine— MovieRankings.net (@LightsCameraPod) September 6, 2022
I never want this press tour to end pic.twitter.com/lO1h1nb0Q8
Thank you, Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pine: This is exactly how the post-Labor Day season should start.