In the recent CinemaCon, the ticketed industry convention for theater exhibitors, Olivia Wilde was looking forward to introducing her latest film “Don’t Worry Darling” to the people in attendance.
As Wilde was getting ready to show some footage for the new movie, she was handed an envelope which was originally perceived as containing a script. Within the envelope actually contained child custody papers that were from her former partner, Jason Sudeikis.
“Mr. Sudeikis had no prior knowledge of the time or place that the envelope would have been delivered as this would solely be up to the process service company involved and he would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner,” read a statement that was on behalf of Sudeikis.
Wilde has just spoken to sources about the incident for the first time since it occurred this past April.
Wilde said to Variety that she felt it was “deeply painful” for her children to be involved in a matter that should’ve remained private.
“It was my workplace. In any other workplace, it would be seen as an attack. It was really upsetting. It shouldn’t have been able to happen.”
After she received the envelope, she carried on in a professional manner and further continued her presentation on “Don’t Worry Darling.”
Wilde felt very frustrated that an instance like this had distracted so many from the work that many different people and workers from the studio were trying to present to the public.
“To try to sabotage that was really vicious. But I had a job to do; I’m not easily distracted,” said Wilde. But the incident also didn’t leave her surprised that it was something that actually happened.
In her recent cover story with Variety, Wilde also recently revealed that she had to make the hard decision to push back her next project, “Perfect,” which was originally planned to start production this summer.
With all the recent events, Wilde felt like now wasn’t the right time to be away from her children and to dedicate the long hours on-set as a director.
Since her next film “Perfect,” also went back into development, Wilde believed that she also needed a break and that it was also time for her to be a stay-at-home mom for a while.
“It was not the year for me to be on a set, which is totally all-encompassing. It was time for me to pause and devote myself to the kids when I have them,” said Wilde.
Nikki Indelicato is a Contributing Reporter at The National Digest based in New York. You can reach her at email@example.com.