Olivia Wilde All Praises For Harry Styles' "Supporting Role" In A Female-Led Film

Olivia Wilde praises Harry Styles for his supporting role in her female-led film, even as fans raise several questions simultaneously.

Tanvi Akhauri
Feb 16, 2021 13:55 IST
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Director of upcoming film Don't Worry Darling Olivia Wilde praises Harry Styles in her latest Instagram post for taking on a "supporting role" in a film led by a woman. In a long caption posted alongside a monochrome picture of actor-singer (and her rumoured boyfriend) Styles, she wrote how he gave space to "a woman to hold the spotlight."


Wilde, who has previously directed Booksmart and Wake Up, has helmed her next with Oscar-nominated actor Florence Pugh in the lead. Set in 1950s America, the film is said to belong to the psychological-thriller genre. Chris Pine and Gemma Chan are part of the cast, alongside Styles.

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Wilde, in her Instagram post, wrote, "Little known fact: most male actors don’t want to play supporting roles in female-led films. The industry has raised them to believe it lessens their power (i.e financial value) to accept these roles, which is one of the reasons it’s so hard to get financing for movies focusing on female stories."


He blew us away with his talent and warmth: Olivia Wilde praises Harry Styles

Showering praise on Styles, she added, "Not only did he relish the opportunity to allow for the brilliant @florencepugh to hold center stage as our “Alice”, but he infused every scene with a nuanced sense of humanity."

Former One Direction member Styles has, of late, become somewhat of an icon standing tall against toxic masculinity. Last year, he appeared on a Vogue cover wearing a frill dress that challenged gendered sartorial norms. More on that here. 


As Olivia Wilde Praises Harry Styles, Fans Raise Questions

While Wilde's post has earned wide praise - both for her and Styles - it has also drawn some criticism from fans who claim the singer is being hailed for nothing. Social media users are also calling out Wilde for allegedly implying that award-winning Pugh's merit only shone through because Styles "allowed" her to take stage.

Some others pointed out that Wilde's high praise for Styles may be in connection to his replacement of Shia LaBeouf in the cast.

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