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Olivia Wilde is currently wondering if the buzz for Don’t Worry Darling would be different if she were a man.
The filmmaker noted during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Wednesday that media coverage of her films “always seems to be different” than that of her male counterparts.
“I mean, am I envious of my male colleagues in the way that they seem to be able to live their lives without as much judgment? Yeah, I think about it,” she stated. “I’m like, ‘That must be nice to be that guy. Everybody’s just, like, applauding just every move he makes.”
In an interview, Wilde admitted that she always knew filmmaking was a “male-dominated” field.
“It has been for a long time,” she shared to host Kelly Clarkson.
“Being a female director, there’s not that many of us, not for lack of talent, just for lack of opportunity. There’s a lot of great young filmmakers that are out there that are women. So, I’m like, prepared for that.”
However, Wilde said the most disturbing thing is when the judgment comes from other women.
“I’m just like, ‘Can we just give each other the benefit of the doubt and just have each other’s backs?’” she said. “Wouldn’t that be great?”
The director’s TV appearance comes while she is under scrutiny for rumors of drama between her and the film’s cast – particularly actress Florence Pugh – both on set, in leaked clips, and at the Venice Film Festival this month.
Pugh referred to the social media buzz on the show as a “soap opera” and revealed how she’s trying to handle the so-called “noise” online.
“My stuff is out there, but I’m alive, and my kids are alive, and that’s what gets me through,” she revealed. “I remind myself of that every single day.”
Wilde also said she is stepping away from the internet and social media as well, describing it as “a losing battle.”
“Focusing on what’s real – your trusted circle of friends… things that make you happy, people you love, people who love you, and just keeping your mind on what’s real – I think that’s how I get through it,” she stated.
“I think, ‘God, it could be a lot worse, and we’re alive, and everything’s gonna be okay.”