“Don’t Worry Darling” actor KiKi Layne may have just racked up more controversy surrounding the film. (See his post below.)
The rising star noted on Instagram on Sunday that she’s been cut from most Olivia Wilde-directed movies — and the best part about starring in them was a boon to her love life.
She apparently fell in love with co-star Ari’el Stachel, who she says was also largely left out of the film.
“The best thing about #DontWorryDarling is that I got to meet @arielstachel,” she wrote along with a video showing the happy couple. “They cut us out of most of the movie, but we’re thriving in real life.”
Layne starred in the 2018 film “If Beale Street Could Talk” which won star Regina King an Oscar. She also appeared in the sequel “Coming 2 America” (2021) and provided one of the marquee voices for that year’s “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.”
But her role as Margaret in Stepford Wives-style “Don’t Worry Darling” was overlooked, according to HuffPost critic Candice Frederick.
The film “presents a character with a ton of potential to really subvert past iterations of that premise, and does very little with it,” Federick wrote. “Margaret may have a handful of lines throughout the film, but she’s crucial to the story.”
The $35 million budget film opened to a relatively solid gross of $19.2 million over the weekend amid reports of a feud between Wilde and star Florence Pugh and of speculation over whether “Darling” frontman Harry Styles spat on co-star Chris Pine during the Venice Film Festival screening. This was in addition to Shia LaBeouf’s insistence that he leave the film before Styles took his role – not that he was fired, as Wilde claimed.
Stachel, primarily a stage and TV actor who had a recurring role on “Law and Order: SVU,” played Layne’s message saying she was his “favorite part of my Don’t Worry Darling experience. “.
“This woman did a phenomenal job and I was thirsty as soon as I met her,” he wrote.
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