Both as a director and as a supporting actor in her drama film Don’t Worry, Darling, Olivia Wilde had a lot going for her.
The 38-year-old beauty spoke of the “craziness” of having to film scenes in character and then rush to her director’s chair while still in costume – which would at times reveal a bikini set.
“It was crazy,” Wilde told Stephen Colbert on Wednesday.
“I’d be playing in the scene, in a bikini, which is kind of weird, I get up, I’m holding my daughter, I run to the monitor, I’m talking to my DP, then the other producer is telling me about the closure due to COVID and all kinds of other craziness and then sitting down, calling of action and I do it again. It was wild.
‘It was crazy’: Olivia Wilde admits she directed parts of ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ while wearing a bikini … while juggling a supporting role in the film
Wilde stars as Bunny in the Stepford Housewives-esque thriller, which was met with poor reviews but is still on track to bring in some decent numbers at the box office.
The actor and director also spoke about how she cast her five-year-old daughter Daisy, who she shares with ex-partner Jason Sudeikis, in a cameo as her character’s child in the film.
“There’s a lot of funny lines where you’re yelling at your kids off-camera saying ‘Don’t do that! Don’t hit her.”
“Was that a natural way to talk to your children?” he asked.
“I was a little bit meaner in the movie than I would have been with her,” Olivia revealed. “It was like the drunk version of me from the 1950s, I guess.”
Steven also shared a behind-the-scenes photo of Olivia in front of the camera with Daisy next to her.
“I really liked that she saw me in that light,” the proud mom admitted, “It’s like somewhere, subconsciously, it seeps through that her mom is in charge and supported by this great team.”
Medium: In an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday (September 21), the host asked about her parenting style. Olivia replied that her character was a bit more evil in the film than I would be with her.
BTS: Behind-the-scenes photo shows Daisy next to her mom during a busy day of acting, directing and producing. “I really liked that he saw me in that light,” Olivia said
Tribute: When asked about her character Bunny, Olivia revealed she modeled her grandmother’s 1950s housewife look, which she described as ‘awesome’
Olivia also revealed another family connection in the thriller. Her character, Bunny, is styled after the actor’s grandmother, “who was a really great woman who was incredibly brilliant and pretty much lived to create a kind of great life for her family. She was a wonderful wife, a very glamorous wife.
“She was very well-educated, she studied poetry, she was very well-read, but her existence was very much based on her husband. And I thought, really, what it would be like to step into her shoes, so while I could somewhat appreciate the lack of of autonomy at the time, it also seemed like a really fabulous life, like, they partied a lot. ‘
The actor revealed that her siblings watched the film and immediately recognized the homage to their grandmother. She thinks Grandma would approve. “I think she would have been really proud of that. I think if I told her I was going to direct films of this magnitude, I don’t think she would have believed it was possible. So that’s great. ‘
Don’t Worry Darling opened Friday, September 23.
Proud: Olivia thinks her grandmother would be proud of the film, and also surprised. I think if I told her I was going to direct films of this magnitude, I don’t think she would have believed it was possible. So that’s great’
Many hats: Olivia Wilde, 38, donned many hats while making Don’t Worry Honey, including stage mom. The director entrusted a cameo role to her five-year-old daughter Daisy