Olivia Wilde isn’t mincing words when it comes to her custody battle with ex Jason Sudeikis.
O Do not worry, dear director addressed receiving legal documents on stage at CinemaCon in April in a new interview with Variety. She described it as “vicious” and suggested Ted Lasso star was trying to “sabotage” her while she was in the middle of a presentation to sell her movie to theater owners around the world. But Wilde — who shares Otis, 8, and Daisy, 5, with Sudeikis — added that she wasn’t surprised.
“It was my place of work,” said Wilde, who was with Sudeikis for nine years until late 2020 – and then started dating. Do not worry, dear star Harry Styles. “In any other workplace this would be seen as an attack. It was really upsetting. It shouldn’t have happened. There was a massive security breach, which is really scary. , as well as special COVID tests that needed to be done days in advance, which gave you the wristbands needed to gain access to the event – this was something that required forethought.”
“I hated that this nastiness distracted from the work of so many different people and the studio I was representing,” said Wilde, who took the envelope from the process server and continued his presentation. “Trying to sabotage that was really cruel. But I had a job to do; I’m not easily distracted… But, you know, unfortunately, it wasn’t something that was entirely surprising to me. I mean, there’s a reason I left this relationship.”
For his part, Sudeikis said at the time that he “had no prior knowledge of the time or place” that Wilde would be served, as it was up to the company’s service process. Also, “He would never tolerate her being served so inadequately.” A New York judge has since rejected Sudeikis’ petition, which asked that Otis and Daisy reside with him in New York. (Before Wilde and Sudeikis split, they were splitting their time between London and Los Angeles after leaving New York.)
Wilde said that “the only people who suffered” from the CinemaCon disaster “were my kids, because they’re going to have to see this, and they should never know it happened. For me, it was terrible, but the victims were an 8-year-old child.” and 5 years old, and that’s very sad. I chose to be an actress; I willingly stepped into the spotlight. But it’s not something my kids asked for. And when my kids are dragged into that, it’s deeply painful.”
Wilde also spoke about the custody arrangement, saying that they share custody with the exchange taking place every week. She said that when she is with the kids – in London, where she lives – she takes care of them 24/7, preparing breakfast for them and tucking them in at night.
“They are my world,” she said. “They are my best friends.”
Wilde just wants more privacy as his family continues to transition into his new form.
“Over the past two years, my family has gone through this kind of restructuring and revolution that was supposed to be a totally personal experience,” she said. “And it’s not. The most painful element of it was the women shaming me for making a decision that was for my own health and happiness.”
Wilde was low-key in the interview, also talking about why she fired Shia LaBeouf – who came with no shortage of luggage – from Do not worry, dear. Styles was his replacement alongside Florence Pugh.
“I say this as someone who is a huge admirer of your work,” Wilde said of LaBeouf. “His process was not conducive to the ethos I demand in my productions. He has a process that, in a way, seems to require combative energy, and I personally don’t believe that is conducive to the best performances.”
After LaBeouf was fired, FKA Twigs filed a lawsuit against LaBeouf, his former partner, for sexual assault.
“A lot came up after that happened that really bothered me, in terms of his behavior,” Wilde said. “I really wish him health and evolution because I believe in restorative justice. What I needed was an energy that was incredibly supportive. Particularly with a movie like this, I knew I would ask Florence to be in very vulnerable situations, and my priority was to do that. make her feel safe and make her feel supported.”
And while rumors abound of discord between Wilde and Pugh, the House Alum praised her, saying she “was blown away by” Pugh in the 2019 film midsommar. “I loved the movie, but I loved her. I was like, ‘Well, she’s extraordinary. She’s clearly the most exciting young actress working today.'”
It should be noted that Pugh declined to be interviewed for the story. There was speculation that Pugh felt that Wilde and Styles’ romance overshadowed the project. Pugh herself criticized that her sex scenes were so prominent in the film’s first trailer.
“There’s been a lot out there that I don’t pay attention to,” Wilde said of the drama. . 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 others, especially being a director. There is absolutely no validity to these claims.”
Wilde was also tight-lipped about his romance with Styles, which sparked on set when his relationship with Sudeikis ended. They were first seen together holding hands in January 2021.
“I’m not going to say anything about it because I’ve never seen a relationship benefit from being dragged into the public arena,” Wilde said. “We both went out of our way to protect our relationship; I think it’s out of experience but also out of deep love.”
She criticized the way their relationship was covered – and the double standard she sees. She is judged for dating a younger man, as Styles is 10 years younger than her, and she is labeled an absentee mother when she goes out with him.
“When people don’t see me with my kids, it’s always ‘How dare she,'” Wilde said. “I’ve never seen anyone say that about a guy. And if he’s with his son, he’s a fucking hero.”
Wilde and Styles addressed the “hateful energy” for your relationship on a Rolling Stone interview earlier this week: