A new song from Harry Styles was written in just five minutes, a new interview has revealed.
The piece, the title of which has yet to be confirmed, features in Don’t Worry Darling, Olivia Wilde’s forthcoming psychological thriller, in which Styles appears. Set for release next month, it sees the ‘Watermelon Sugar’ singer opposite Florence Pugh, with the pair playing a husband and wife in the apparently idyllic 1950s neighbourhood of Victory, which is operated by sinister firm Styles’ character works for.
Wilde directs, her first time behind the camera since 2019’s coming-of-age romp Booksmart. In a new interview with Variety, she relayed having encouraged creative input from her cast. “Any great actor is also a screenwriter in the process,” she explained. “They are responsible for creating the life of the character, so they bring so many ideas.”
Accordingly, Styles offered his songwriting services when it came to what the script described as “the trigger song” – an enigmatic tune repeatedly hummed by Pugh’s character throughout the movie. Having been told to think of ideas for the piece by Wilde, Styles wasted little time. “Five minutes later, he sent me a demo from his piano,” she said. “and it was what ended up in the film. He called me and said, ‘What about this?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s it. That’s it. And that’s really insane that you did that in five minutes.’”.
Offering his own insight into the process, Styles said: “I wanted something that could be both sweet and creepy, entirely dependent on the context. I remember first playing it on the piano, and it had a sort of homemade nursery rhyme feel to it. Applied to the different moments in the film, I think it takes on a couple of different lives – I hope.”
Styles and Wilde had previously discussed their collaboration on Don’t Worry Darling in their first-ever joint interview for the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone UK. The film arrives in cinemas on September 23.