Olivia Wilde was worried about falling into the “sophomore slump” while making “Don’t Worry Darling.”
The star made her directorial debut with the 2019 teen comedy Booksmart, with the film receiving critical acclaim and landing her an Independent Spirit Award.
Wilde then signed on to make the erotic psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling, but in an interview with U.S. Vogue, she explained that she often felt nervous in the lead-up to the shoot.
“If you can make a comedy that works, you tend to stay in that world, because it can be incredibly lucrative. Sophomore slump is a real thing,” she insisted, before recalling how she once reached out to Jordan Peele for advice. “(I asked), ‘How terrifying was it to make your second film?’ And he said, ‘Oh, so terrifying, so much scarier than the first.'”
Don’t Worry Darling, which stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles in the central roles, follows an unhappy housewife in the 1950s who discovers a disturbing truth.
While plot details remain under wraps, Wilde explained that she wanted to delve into one key theme.
“(I was) asking the question of, ‘What are you willing to sacrifice in order to do what’s right? If you really think about it, are you willing to blow up the system that serves you?'” the director added.
Don’t Worry Darling, also starring Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, and Chris Pine, is set to hit cinemas in September 2022.
– Cover Media