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Olivia Wilde says her male colleagues wouldn’t have to answer questions about drama among their cast members: ‘There are very different standards created for women’


  • Olivia Wilde said male directors in Hollywood wouldn’t be answering questions about their cast. 
  • She added that if she were a man, people would be asking about her movie, not the drama that happened on set. 
  • “It is very different standards created for women and men,” Olivia Wilde said. 

Olivia Wilde said during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday that her male counterparts in the industry would never have to answer questions about the drama that occurred on-set of one of their films like she has during press for “Don’t Worry Darling.”

“I don’t feel like my male director colleagues are answering questions about their cast,” Wilde said.

Colbert said he agreed with her, even after asking her a series of questions about the behind-the-scenes of “Don’t Worry Darling,” including whether she fired Shia LaBeouf, what happened with spit-gate, and if she had a feud with Florence Pugh.

“These are not questions to give a director,” Colbert admitted. “They should be talking about the movie itself, but these are the kinds of questions that have sort of consumed this movie, and I’m giving into an appetite by asking you these questions.”

Colbert then acknowledged that male directors in Hollywood are “absolute monsters” and “even if every rumor about [“Don’t Worry Darling”] were true, it would be pretty light fare compared to Alfred Hitchcock or any of the great directors out there who we admire so much.” 

Wilde said that if she were a man, people would be talking about the movie rather than the rumors. 

“They’re praised for being tyrannical, they can be investigated time and time again, and it still doesn’t overtake conversations about their actual talent or about the films themselves,” Wilde said of male directors in Hollywood. 

“It is very different standards created for women and men,” Wilde added. “We made a movie during the pandemic. That’s like building a house in a hurricane. So we can handle a little Twitter storm.” 

She continued by saying that it’s “frustrating” to see people “sidelining us in a way that they don’t do to men.” 

“Don’t Worry Darling” releases in theaters Friday. 

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