Olivia Wilde has had quite the year. She’s dating Harry Styles (ever heard of him?), her second feature film as a director, Don’t Worry Darling, starring Styles and Florence Pugh, is coming out next month, and, at an event promoting the film earlier this year, she was served custody papers from her ex, Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis.
On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Wilde was handed a mysterious manila envelope while onstage presenting Don’t Worry Darling at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Per Deadline, the envelope contained legal paperwork regarding her custody agreement from her ex-fiancé. The pair, who split in 2020 after nine years together, share two children: eight-year-old Otis and five-year-old Daisy. At the time, per Variety, Sudeikis said he had “no prior knowledge” of the ambush and “would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner.” In a new interview with Variety, Wilde discussed the incident directly without naming Sudeikis.
“It was my workplace,” Wilde told Variety. “In any other workplace, it would be seen as an attack. It was really upsetting. It shouldn’t have been able to happen. There was a huge breach in security, which is really scary. The hurdles that you had to jump through to get into that room with several badges, plus special COVID tests that had to be taken days in advance, which gave you wristbands that were necessary to gain access to the event – this was something that required forethought.”
“I hated that this nastiness distracted from the work of so many different people and the studio that I was up there representing. To try to sabotage that was really vicious. But I had a job to do; I’m not easily distracted,” said Wilde, who took the envelope and continued with her presentation. “But, you know, sadly, it was not something that was entirely surprising to me. I mean, there’s a reason I left that relationship.”