VENICE – Harry Styles already has an enviable acting resume for a newcomer, from Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” to the upcoming “Don’t Worry Darling” and “My Policeman”. But the pop star said Monday at the Venice International Film Festival that, with acting, he often feels like he “has no idea what I’m doing.”

Styles’ arrival at the Lido, where the world premiere of “Don’t Worry Darling” will be held on Monday night, has been one of the most anticipated events of a star-studded festival. At a press conference before the premiere, Styles received questions about his fans, his career and whether or not he would work with director Olivia Wilde again, none of which he answered.

In “Don’t Worry Darling,” Styles plays Jack, who works for the mysterious Victory Project, run by charismatic cult leader Chris Pine, in a mid-century-style experimental community. Florence Pugh plays Jack’s wife, Alice, who gets all the comforts in the world in exchange for not asking questions. But soon, she begins to see cracks in the sheet metal.

“I think it’s fun to get to play in worlds that aren’t necessarily your own. This world that’s supposed to be so perfect, it’s really fun to play pretend in there,” Styles said. “There wasn’t too much acting.”

Styles took several days off from his Madison Square Garden appearances to attend the “Don’t Worry Darling” premiere in Venice, with Wilde and co-stars Pine and Gemma Chan. But while he juggles two high-profile careers in the arts, he said he doesn’t see many parallels between music and acting.

“Personally, I think they are kind of opposite in a lot of ways. I think making music is a very personal thing,” Styles said. “There are aspects of acting where you draw from experiences you’ve had, but for the most part you’re trying to play someone else. I think that’s what I find the most fun: playing pretend.”

He added: “I think the fun part is that you never know what you’re doing. I’ve been making music for a longer time, but what I like about acting is that I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing.”

Fans were already gathering in front of the theater early Monday to get a prime spot in front of the red carpet for the premiere, hours in advance. Many had personal stories about how Styles’ music impacted their lives.

“I am incredibly grateful to the people who have supported me in my life and the fans in particular have always given me a place to be myself and feel comfortable doing it and expressing myself,” he said of what it means. so many people. “I would like to hope that we can give them back that space.”

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