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Olivia Wilde Explains the 'No A--holes Policy' She Instituted on Her Movie Sets

Olivia Wilde Explains the 'No A--holes Policy' She Instituted on Her Movie Sets

You might remember that Olivia Wilde fired Shia LaBeouf from her movie Don’t Worry Darling last year and at the time, several reports said she has a “no a–holes policy” that he violated.

Now, the 36-year-old actress and director is explaining the policy and opening up about what inspired her to institute it on her movie sets.

“Someone, who’s a very established actor and director in this industry, gave me really terrible advice that was helpful, because I just knew I had to do the opposite,” Olivia told Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell during a conversation for Variety.

“They said, ‘Listen, the way to get respect on a set, you have to have three arguments a day. Three big arguments that reinstate your power, remind everyone who’s in charge, be the predator.’ That is the opposite of my process. And I want none of that,” she continued.

Click inside to find out what else Olivia Wilde said on the subject…

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“I think that it is an unfortunate part of the kind of the paradigm, that has been created over the last 100 years, the idea that great art has to come from a place of discomfort and anxiety,” Olivia said. “That the pressure cooker has to get to a point where it can be something intense and valuable in that way. I do think it may be a uniquely female instinct to say, ‘Look, we can be nurturing. And we can multitask.’ It doesn’t mean that anyone needs to be uncomfortable. And it doesn’t mean that I have to constantly remind you of my my position, because I don’t think anyone on a set has ever forgotten who’s in charge. It’s in fact, an incredibly hierarchical system.”

She concluded, “The no a–holes policy, it puts everybody on the same level. I also noticed as an actress for years how the hierarchy of the set separated the actors from the crew in this very strange way that serves no one… I think actors would actually like to know more about what’s happening there when you’re pulling my focus? What is that lens change? But the idea of, don’t bother the actors and keep them separate, and don’t look at them. I think it makes everyone quite anxious.”

See the slight change that Olivia recently made to her Instagram profile.

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