Olivia Wilde on the public significance of custody papers: ‘It was really upsetting’ | Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde spoke publicly for the first time about the “vicious” significance of custody papers during a presentation at CinemaCon, calling the public ambush of a bailiff “deeply painful”.

In a new Variety cover, the 38-year-old actor and director opened up about the April incident in which a woman in the front row handed him a manila envelope, interrupting Wilde’s presentation of his upcoming film, Don’t. t Worry Darling, to theater exhibitors at a fee-paying industry event. The envelope was first reported to contain a script and later turned out to contain legal documents relating to her custody dispute with former partner Jason Sudeikis. Wilde and the Ted Lasso star, who dated from 2011 to 2020 and were previously engaged, have two young children aged eight and five.

Shortly after the delivery, a Sudeikis rep said the actor had no idea the documents would be served in such a public forum, in front of industry insiders at the star-studded conference in Las Vegas. “Mr. Sudeikis had no prior knowledge of when or where the envelope would have been delivered, as that would depend only on the process services company involved and he would never tolerate it being served as such an inappropriate manner,” the spokesperson told Deadline. .

“It was my place of work,” Wilde told Variety of the incident, without naming Sudeikis. “In any other workplace, that would be considered an attack. It was really upsetting. This shouldn’t have happened. There was a huge security breach, which is really scary. The hurdles you had to jump through to get into that room with multiple badges, plus special Covid tests that had to be taken days in advance that gave you the wristbands needed to get into the event – that was something which required forethought.”

Wilde continued his presentation while holding the envelope, marked “personal and confidential.”

“I hated that this meanness took away from the work of so many different people and the studio I was representing up there,” she said of her introduction to Don’t Worry Darling, her feature debut. following her directorial debut in 2019 Booksmart. “Trying to sabotage this was really vicious. But I had a job to do; I am not easily distracted.

She added, “But, you know, unfortunately, it wasn’t something that completely surprised me. I mean, there’s a reason I left that relationship.

Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis and children.
Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis and children. Photography: Presley Ann/WireImage

A judge recently ruled in Wilde’s favor that their children reside in California, not New York, as Sudeikis requested. According to Variety, Wilde, who is currently dating pop star and Don’t Worry actor Darling Harry Styles, now splits her time between Los Angeles and the UK, where she first moved a few years ago. years while Sudeikis was filming Ted Lasso.

“The only people who suffered were my children, because they will have to see this, and they should never have to know this happened,” she said. “For me it was appalling, but the victims were children aged eight and five, and it’s really sad.”

“I chose to become an actress; I willingly walked in the spotlight,” she added. “But it’s not something my kids asked for. And when my children are dragged into this, it is deeply painful.

Wilde also refuted reports of an alleged pay disparity between Styles and Don’t Worry Darling co-star Florence Pugh, saying there was “absolutely no validity” to such claims. (The website that originally reported the alleged pay gap, Showbiz Galore, did not cite any sources or provide support for its report, which claimed Pugh made $700,000 for Styles’ $2.5 million. .)

“The absurdity of the invented clickbait and the subsequent backlash regarding a non-existent pay disparity between our lead and supporting cast really upset me,” Wilde said. “I’m a woman who’s been in this business for over 20 years, and it’s something I’ve fought for for myself and for others, especially as a director.”

Don’t Worry Darling, a 1950s thriller that also stars Wilde, will premiere at the Venice Film Festival this year.

The director revealed that she had decided to delay her third feature, Perfect, which was due to go into production this summer, to spend more time with her children. “It became clear to me that this year was the time for me to be a stay-at-home mom,” she said. “It wasn’t the year for me to be on set, which is totally all-encompassing. It was time for me to take a break and focus on the kids when I have them.

Perfect, a 90s biopic starring Thomasin Mackenzie as Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Kerri Strug, has returned in the revamp to better reflect recent developments with the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal. It was first announced in 2020.

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