Florence Pugh Frustrated With Reaction To Don’t Worry Darling Sex Scene
Florence Pugh is frustrated that the sex scene shown in the first Don’t Worry Darling trailer has overshadowed the rest of the Warner Bros. and Olivia Wilde movie.
Based on the Don’t Worry Darling trailer, the Warner Bros. film appears to be tackling issues of patriarchy and mid-century misogyny.
In this context, the hyper-focus on the movie’s sex scene between Alice and her potentially abusive husband Jack, played by Harry Styles, is particularly distasteful.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Pugh laments the media’s reaction to the first Don’t Worry Darling trailer, which shows Style’s character performing oral sex on Pugh’s character.
“When [a film is] reduced to your sex scenes, or to watch the most famous man in the world go down on someone, it’s not why we do it. It’s not why I’m in this industry,” Pugh said in the interview.
“Obviously, the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world, you’re going to have conversations like that. That’s just not what I’m going to be discussing because [this movie is] bigger and better than that. And the people who made it are bigger and better than that.”
The criticism is especially pointed when considering the serious topic of the movie.
Don’t Worry Darling is a psychological thriller that shows a young married couple living in a gilded vision of a 1950s utopia.
They move to a company-owned town where all the men work on the mysterious “Victory Project” and all the women are left with little else but chores, shopping, and twiddling their thumbs.
Eventually, when a woman goes missing, Alice (Florence Pugh) starts to realize that not everything is as rosy as it seems.