By Julia Kubic

Ever since it was first announced in 2019, there has been a lot of excitement surrounding the release of Don’t Worry Darling. Between the stellar cast including Chris Pine, Florence Pugh, and Gemma Chan, and the psychologically thrilling plot about a married couple (Harry Styles and Florence Pugh) living in an experimental community, this movie was a hit before it reached the box office. The drama doesn’t end within the movie, however. The filming and premier of this movie were full of tension and drama. If you haven’t heard about the drama yet or have trouble keeping it all straight, don’t worry darling because I’m here to explain. 

Chris Pine and Harry Styles:

In case you haven’t heard, the two male leads have a bit of beef between them. Despite being half of the population’s celebrity crush, many disagree with the casting of Harry Styles because he is a world-renowned singer, not a world-renowned actor. Chris Pine seems to agree with those people, which was obvious during the press conference featuring him and Harry. When Harry described Don’t Worry Darling as being a “movie that feels like a movie” Chris looked like he was about to enter his villain era. But it goes beyond “deep” quotes and Chris’s feelings over Harry’s career switch. A video of Harry taking his seat at the Venice Film Festival went viral as it looked like he was spitting on Chris who was seated next to him. Pine’s publicist addressed the rumors saying that “Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine. There is nothing but respect between these two men, and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant attempt to create drama that simply does not exist.” Harry also rejected any and all claims about spit-gate and even joked about it at a Love on Tour concert. I guess the truth about the real drama between the two men will always be a mystery, but something tells me Chris is unhappy with the former One Direction member turned actor.

Chris Pine at a press conference for Don’t Worry Darling, zoning out as Harry Styles talks. This sparked a series of memes.

Shia LaBeouf, Olivia Wilde, and Florence Pugh:

For someone who wasn’t actually in the movie, Shia LaBeouf contributed to a lot of the drama. LaBeouf was already problematic, due to the controversies he has been involved with through the years including shooting stray dogs in LA, allegedly abusing his ex-girlfriend, and being arrested on multiple occasions). Originally, he was cast as Jack Chambers in the movie (now replaced by Harry Styles). When it came out that LaBeouf would no longer be starring in the movie, Olivia Wilde claimed it was due to his combative attitude towards Florence Pugh, but it was later revealed that LaBeouf’s schedule was too busy to take on another project. Olivia Wilde created further conflict by saying that Miss Flo (Florence Pugh) needed a wake up call, when on a phone call with LaBeouf. Olivia and Florence’s beef doesn’t end with Shia LaBeouf, however. Olivia, who was the director of Don’t Worry Darling, got caught up in a whirlwind romance with co-star Harry Styles. This caused Olivia to focus less and less on her movie, which led to Florence having to take over some of Olivia’s duties as director. While this is annoying, the big issue is that Florence never got paid for her extra work.

IMO, all this drama might be more interesting than the actual movie. From mysterious phone calls, to spitting on people (?), to real life romance, the tension and drama is through the roof!