Actress Olivia Wilde is served with custody papers on stage

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Olivia Wilde, an actress and director, appeared unfazed after receiving child custody documents while performing on stage in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, she was giving a presentation when she was handed a brown envelope. When she opened it, she discovered custody papers from her ex-boyfriend, Jason Sudeikis.

According to people close to Sudeikis, he had no prior awareness of the circumstances behind the letter’s delivery.

Wilde is most recognised for her performance as Remy ‘Thirteen’ Hadley in the medical drama House and for directing the US high school teen flick Booksmart.

In 2011, she met Sudeikis, who is well known for his comedy series, Ted Lasso. Before divorcing in 2020, they were engaged and had two children together.

At a CinemaCon convention in a theatre, Wilde was interrupted while showcasing footage from her new movie, Don’t Worry, Darling.

“Is this for me?” Wilde inquired. An unknown woman handed her an envelope stamped “secret and confidential.”

She scanned the contents of the letter throughout her presentation before continuing with her speech.

The letter was never referenced again, leading to conjecture that Wilde had received a new screenplay.

However, it was revealed on Wednesday that the mail really contained custody documents for her and Sudeikis’ children.

A source close to Sudeikis told Variety that “papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to Ms Wilde and Mr Sudeikis’ children.”

“Mr Sudeikis had no prior knowledge of the time or location at which the envelope would have been delivered,” they said, “and he would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner.”

After questions surfaced over how the letter ended up being presented to Wilde on stage, the event’s organiser, CinemaCon, announced in a statement to Variety that it will “re-evaluate” its security protocols.

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