The rumors of a conflict between the don’t worry baby star and Wilde, who directed the film, escalated after Pugh, 26, skipped a press conference for the upcoming movie ahead of the film’s red carpet premiere in Venice on Monday.
Although Pugh did not appear at the press conference, she appeared to make a statement on an Instagram video uploaded by her stylist Rebecca Corbin-Murray. In the clip, the actor wore a all purple outfit and got out holding a cocktail shortly after her arrival in Venice.
In the video, Pugh grins at the camera and shows off a purple Valentino look. It seemed to convey Pugh’s lack of concern about the rumors about her and the film, with the slow-motion clip ending with the actor holding up her glass in a cheer for the camera.
The clip was praised for Pugh on social media, with many fans applauding her seemingly undisturbed demeanor.
“Florence Pugh avoids the conference and drama at the Venice Film Festival and enjoys a spritz. This is what I call iconic behavior, nobody does it like them,” one person tweeted along with the video.
Another said: “Florence Pugh is literally me because I too would leave the awkward press conference to drink Aperol spritz.”
“Florence Pugh cemented her iconic status today,” wrote someone else. “Shining around Venice and looking great with an Aperol spritz while her castmates press.”
Another fan said they hadn’t had a single “thought” of anything but “Florence Pugh and her little Aperol spritz” since sharing the video. “It’s just so iconic,” she added.
Others said they wanted to replicate Pugh’s energy in their own lives, with one fan writing, “Florence Pugh’s undisturbed energy is where I try to be, what a queen.”
“Lord, grant me the serenity to be as undisturbed as Florence Pugh walking through Venice in a purple Valentino set with matching Aperol spritz in hand,” someone else joked.
The video also sparked Halloween costume ideas, with another fan revealing that they were planning to recreate the star’s look for the upcoming holiday.
“My Halloween costume this year is Florence Pugh showing up late with her Aperol spritz. I call dibs,” they wrote.
Though Pugh didn’t join Wilde and fellow stars Harry Styles, Chris Pine and Gemma Chan at the film’s press conference, a choice reportedly due to a conflict over her shooting schedule for Dune: part two, Wilde stopped rumors of a feud when she told reporters she “didn’t feel the need to contribute” to the “endless gossip in gossip”.
“As for all the endless gossip and all the noise out there…I don’t feel the need to contribute,” Wilde told reporters, describing Pugh as “a force.”
Pugh later joined her co-stars at the red carpet premiere of don’t worry baby on Monday night, where she was accompanied by her grandmother “Granzo Pat” as her date.
For the occasion, Pugh wore a black transparent tulle Valentino dress decorated with silver sequins and a flowing trainwhile her grandmother opted for an all-white ensemble, which she finished with a floral scarf.
Pugh later shared photos of the couple posing and dancing on the red carpet on Instagram, noting how special it had been to bring her grandmother along.
“I hugged her and asked her to stand next to me for a photo, her eyes lit up as she also said, ‘Oh, they don’t want to see me.’ I assured her they did,” Pugh wrote. “The next thing I know, she’s dancing in front of all the photographers who call her name. It was truly the most special moment I’ve ever had on a carpet. She’s always been beauty and grace, but to see her so proud and so natural with hundreds of people watching and cheering was truly remarkable.”
Pugh closed the post, adding: “Granzo Pat is remarkable. Thank you to everyone who made this moment special for us. Thank you to the Venice Film Festival for your generosity and kindness. #GranzoPattakesonVenice,” before noting that she’d asked her grandmother if she’d join her on another red carpet in the future, to which she’d replied, “Oh, I guess I should, don’t I?”