Wilde at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards
|Born||Olivia Jane Cockburn
March 10, 1984
New York City, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, writer, director, producer, model|
|Spouse(s)||Tao Ruspoli (m. 2003–11)|
Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn; March 10, 1984) is an Irish-American actress, screenwriter, producer, director, and model. She has appeared in a number of television and film productions including The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House, and in films such as Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, In Time, Her, and Drinking Buddies.
Wilde was born in New York City. Her mother, Leslie Cockburn (née Redlich), is an American-born 60 Minutes producer and journalist. Her father, Andrew Cockburn, a journalist, was born in London England to British parents and raised in Ireland; her uncles, Alexander Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn, also worked as journalists. Wilde's older sister, Chloe Cockburn, is a civil rights attorney in New York; her aunt, Sarah Caudwell, was a writer, and her paternal grandfather, Claud Cockburn, was a novelist and journalist.
Wilde's father's upper-class English ancestors lived in several places at the height of the British Empire, including Peking (where her paternal grandfather was born), Calcutta, Bombay, Cairo, and Tasmania (one of her paternal great-great-grandfathers, Henry Arthur Blake, was Governor of Hong Kong). Wilde's father's ancestors include abolitionist and Anglican minister James Ramsay, politician George Arbuthnot, lawyer, judge, and literary figure Henry Cockburn, Lord Cockburn, Lord Provost of Edinburgh Sir William Arbuthnot, and Sir Thomas Osborne. Wilde's ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Manx, and German; she also has a distant Sephardi Jewish ancestry.
Wilde has said that as a result of her parents' occupations, she has a "strong journalistic streak," being "really critical and analytical". Both her parents were prominent in the Washington social scene, hosting dinner parties. Her mother once recounted a story of a four-year-old Wilde eavesdropping one night on a conversation between diplomat Richard Holbrooke and singer Mick Jagger, until Jagger noticed her and shooed her to bed. She has wanted to become an actress since the age of two. For a short time, Wilde's family had a house in Guilford, Vermont. She attended Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., as well as Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 2002. She also studied acting at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Wilde had writer Christopher Hitchens as a babysitter.
She has appeared in the movies The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog, Conversations with Other Women and Turistas. She became known for her role on The O.C. as Alex Kelly, although she originally auditioned for the role of Marissa Cooper. She has also appeared in the Dashboard Confessional music video for "Stolen", and the French Kicks music video for "So Far We Are".
In 2007, Wilde was a part of the ensemble cast of the short-lived NBC mid-season drama The Black Donnellys. Her character, Jenny Reilly, was a principal female character in the series following the lives of an Irish-American family tied to organized crime in New York City. Also in 2007, Wilde appeared in the play Beauty on the Vine, a political thriller, playing three different characters.
Wilde joined the cast of the Fox medical drama House in September 2007, making her first appearance in the episode "The Right Stuff". She played a secretive and bisexual young internist with Huntington's disease, Dr. Remy Hadley, nicknamed Thirteen, who was handpicked by House out of a number of applicants to join his team. Wilde told Star magazine how she sometimes took cues from her character even when she was not working, saying, "I'm now convinced that I'm a doctor. I mean, if someone says they have a pain, I'm like, 'Well, that's your spleen.'" On October 7, 2008, Wilde appeared in a video on Funny or Die showing how much she enjoys registering early for the 2008 Presidential election, "Olivia Wilde Does It Early". She appeared in the 2009 comedy film Year One.
She played Quorra in Disney's Tron: Legacy, which opened on December 17, 2010. In the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Details Wilde was quoted as saying she panicked the first time she saw her costume for the movie: "I saw the boobs on the suit and I said, 'Oh hell no. I'm doing kicks and backflips in this thing?'" She also reprised her role as Quorra in Tron: Uprising in the episode "Isolated". She was seen in flashbacks of Paige's past, where she befriended Quorra, not knowing that she was an ISO (isomorphic algorithm) at the time.
Wilde played Ella Swenson in the science fiction Western film Cowboys & Aliens. Her character works with Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig), and Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), to save their town from evil aliens. Wilde played Sabrina McKay in the comedy film The Change-Up. Her character is the love interest of Mitch Planko, who was played by Ryan Reynolds. In January 2011, it was announced that Wilde was cast alongside Chris Pine in the film People Like Us, released in June 2012.
In August 2011, it was announced Wilde would be leaving House to pursue her film career. Wilde left House a few months later, in the episode "Charity Case". In May 2012, Wilde returned to House for the final two episodes, "Holding On" and "Everybody Dies". The New York Observer has described Wilde as having a "throaty voice" and the "wide, teal-eyed charisma of Hollywood in the days of yore". She has cited Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Robin Wright Penn as acting inspirations.
She won the 2006 US Comedy Arts Festival Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Actress for Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2006), and in 2008 at the Teen Choice Awards, she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star Female for House. Also in 2008, Wilde was honored alongside Jesse Eisenberg with the Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award. On September 24, 2013, Variety and Entertainment Weekly reported that Wilde guest voice-starred in the long-running adult animated series American Dad!, the episode slated to air as part of the show's 10th season (2013–14). In October 2013, Wilde appeared in the music video for "City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars.
In February 2014, it was announced that Wilde will star and produce in the thriller Meadowland directed by Reed Morano from a script by Chris Rossi.
Wilde has dual citizenship in the United States and Ireland. She derived her stage name "Wilde" from Irish author Oscar Wilde. She changed her surname while in high school, to honor the writers in her family, many of whom used pen names. She is a vegan, and was voted PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2010.
On June 7, 2003, when she was 19 years old, Wilde married Tao Ruspoli, an Italian filmmaker and musician, whose family owns a famed palazzo in Italy, at a ceremony in Washington, Virginia. They were married on a school bus with only a pair of witnesses. She later said the marriage occurred in an abandoned school bus because it was the only place where they could be completely alone, as the marriage was a secret at the time. On February 8, 2011, she and Ruspoli announced that they were separating. Wilde filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court on March 3, 2011, citing "irreconcilable differences". The divorce was finalized on September 29, 2011. Wilde did not seek spousal support, and the pair reached a private agreement on property division. Wilde began dating actor Jason Sudeikis in November 2011, and they became engaged in January 2013. They have one son, Otis Alexander (born April 20, 2014).
Wilde is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice, which provides education and health services in Haiti, and the ACLU of Southern California. Previously, Wilde was a supporter of the youth voter organization, 18 in '08. She serves on their advisory council and appeared in a public service announcement that debuted June 30, 2008. In 2008, Wilde campaigned with actors Justin Long and her then-current House castmate Kal Penn for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Wilde was commended by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworkers' union, for supporting the Fair Foods campaign. In 2013, she appeared in a video clip for Gucci's "Chime for Change" campaign that aims to raise funds and awareness of women's issues in terms of education, health, and justice.
|2004||The Girl Next Door||Kellie|
|2005||Conversations with Other Women||Bridesmaid|
|2006||Alpha Dog||Angela Holden|
|2006||Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Sarah Witt|
|2007||The Death and Life of Bobby Z||Elizabeth|
|2009||Year One||Princess Inanna|
|2009||The Ballad of G.I. Joe||Baroness||Video short|
|2010||Weird: The Al Yankovic Story||Madonna||Video short|
|2010||The Next Three Days||Nicole|
|2011||Free Hugs||Head Hooper||Short film; also director and writer|
|2011||Cowboys & Aliens||Ella Swenson|
|2011||The Change-Up||Sabrina McKay|
|2011||On the Inside||Mia Conlon|
|2011||In Time||Rachel Salas|
|2012||People Like Us||Hannah|
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Jane|
|2013||Drinking Buddies||Kate||Executive producer|
|2014||Better Living Through Chemistry||Elizabeth Roberts|
|2014||The Longest Week||Beatrice Fairbanks|
|2003||Skin||Jewel Goldman||6 episodes|
|2004–2005||The O.C||Alex Kelly||13 episodes|
|2007||The Black Donnellys||Jenny Reilly||14 episodes|
|2007–2012||House||Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley||81 episodes|
|2012||Tron: Uprising||Quorra (voice)||Episode: "Isolated"|
|2012||Half the Sky||Herself||Documentary|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Rosemary Woodhouse / Groupie / Flight Attendant (voices)||Episode: "Crushed by a Steamroller on My 53rd Birthday"|
|2013||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Rainbow Fairy (voice)||Episode: "Bats All, Fruits"|
|2014||American Dad!||Denise (voice)||Episode: "Introducing The Naughty Stewardesses"|
|2014||BoJack Horseman||Charlotte (voice)||2 episodes|
|2006||"So Far We Are"||French Kicks|
|2013||"City of Angels"||Thirty Seconds to Mars|
|2010||Tron: Evolution||Quorra (voice)|
|2010||Tron Evolution: Battle Grids||Quorra (voice)|
Awards and nominations
|2006||The Comedy Festival||Best Actress||Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Won|
|2008||Vail Film Festival||Rising Star Award||Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Won|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Star Female||House||Nominated|
|2009||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||House||Nominated|
|2009||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||House||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||House||Nominated|
|2011||MTV Movie Awards||Best Breakout Star||Tron: Legacy||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Breakout Female||Tron: Legacy||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||House||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Comedy||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Nominated|
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- "Protect Insurance Companies PSA". Funny Or Die. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
- "This weekend, go see "Tron Legacy" and watch a Fair Food activist kick butt!". Coalition of Immokalee Workers. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
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