Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Wilde at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Olivia Jane Cockburn
(1984-03-10) March 10, 1984 (age 31)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actress, producer, model
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Tao Ruspoli (m. 2003–11)
Partner(s) Jason Sudeikis
(2011–present; engaged)
Children 1

Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn; March 10, 1984)[1] is an American actress, producer, and model. She has appeared in several television series including The O.C. (2004–05), The Black Donnellys (2007) and House (2007–12). She has appeared in the films Alpha Dog (2006), The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007), Year One (2009), Tron: Legacy (2010), The Change-Up (2011), In Time (2011), People Like Us (2012), Her (2013), and has starred in the films Cowboys & Aliens (2011), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Drinking Buddies (2013), Rush (2013), and The Lazarus Effect (2015).

Early life[edit]

Wilde was born in New York City.[2] Her mother, Leslie Cockburn[2] (née Redlich), is an American-born 60 Minutes producer and journalist. Her father, Andrew Cockburn,[2] a journalist, was born in London to British parents and raised in Ireland; her uncles, Alexander Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn, also worked as journalists. Wilde's older sister, Chloe Cockburn,[2] is a civil rights attorney in New York; her aunt, Sarah Caudwell, was a writer; her half-cousin, Stephanie Flanders, is a journalist; 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).[3] 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.[3][4] Wilde's ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Manx, and German; she is also of 1/64th Sephardi Jewish descent (from Spain and Portugal) through Ralph Bernal (1783–1854), a British Whig politician and actor.[5][6]

Wilde has said that as a result of her parents' occupations, she has a "strong journalistic streak," being "really critical and analytical".[7] Both her parents were prominent in the Washington, D.C. 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.[8] She has wanted to become an actress since the age of two.[7] 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.[7] Wilde had writer Christopher Hitchens as a babysitter.[2]


Wilde at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival

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.'"[9] 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".[10] She appeared in the 2009 comedy film Year One.

Wilde at the Tron: Legacy premiere, December 12, 2010

She played Quorra in Disney's Tron: Legacy, which opened on December 17, 2010. In the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Details[11] 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 and the Earth 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.[12]

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".[13] 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".[7] She has cited Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Robin Wright Penn as acting inspirations.[7]

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).[14][15] In October 2013, Wilde appeared in the music video for "City of Angels" by Thirty Seconds to Mars.[16] In 2013 she had a supporting role as a Blind date in the Drama science-fiction film Her and as Suzy in the biographical drama film about James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Rush.[17]

In 2015, she starred in the thriller The Lazarus Effect (2015),[18] in a leading role.[19]

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.[20] The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 17, 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Wilde on The Insider at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in January 2011

Wilde has dual citizenship in the United States and Ireland.[7] She derived her stage name "Wilde" from Irish author Oscar Wilde.[7] She changed her surname while in high school, to honor the writers in her family, many of whom used pen names.[21] She is a pescetarian,[22] though formerly vegan, and was voted PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2010.[23]


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,[24][25] 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.[21] On February 8, 2011, she and Ruspoli announced that they were separating.[26] Wilde filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court on March 3, 2011, citing "irreconcilable differences".[27] The divorce was finalized on September 29, 2011. Wilde did not seek spousal support, and the pair reached a private agreement on property division.[28]

Wilde began dating actor Jason Sudeikis in November 2011,[29] and they became engaged in January 2013.[30] They have one son, Otis Alexander (born in April 20, 2014).[31]

Political activism[edit]

Wilde is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice, which provides education and health services in Haiti,[32] 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.[33] In 2008, Wilde campaigned with actors Justin Long and her then-current House castmate Kal Penn for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.[34] She introduced Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton at a campaign event on June 30, 2015 in New York.[35]

She also appeared in the MoveOn.org mock-PSA "supporting" the rights of the healthcare insurance industry.[36]

Wilde was commended by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworkers' union, for supporting the Fair Foods campaign.[37] 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.[38]

Wilde is also a celebrity influencer/activist for RYOT, a Los Angeles-based media company known for RYOT.org, its cause-based, take action online news source.[39]



Year Title Role Notes
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
2006 Turistas Bea
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Elizabeth
2008 Fix Bella
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
2010 Tron: Legacy Quorra
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 Butter Brooke Swinkowski
2012 Deadfall Liza
2012 People Like Us Hannah
2012 The Words Daniella
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Jane
2013 Drinking Buddies Kate Also executive producer
2013 Rush Suzy Miller
2013 Her Amelia
2013 Third Person Anna
2014 Better Living Through Chemistry Elizabeth Roberts
2014 The Longest Week Beatrice Fairbanks
2015 The Lazarus Effect Zoe
2015 Unity Narrator Documentary
2015 Meadowland Sarah Also executive producer
2015 Love the Coopers In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Skin Jewel Goldman 6 episodes
2004–2005 The O.C. Alex Kelly 13 episodes
2006 Punk'd Herself Episode "7.2"
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"
2014–2015 Portlandia Brit 3 episodes
2014 American Dad! Denise (voice) Episode: "Introducing The Naughty Stewardesses"
2014–2015 BoJack Horseman Charlotte (voice) 4 episodes
2015 Doll & Em Olivia 5 episodes
2016 Vinyl Devon Finestra

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2006 "So Far We Are" French Kicks
2007 "Stolen" Dashboard Confessional
2010 "Derezzed" Daft Punk
2013 "City of Angels" Thirty Seconds to Mars

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2010 Tron: Evolution Quorra
2010 Tron Evolution: Battle Grids Quorra

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Assoiation Category Work Result
2006 The Comedy Festival Best Actress[citation needed] Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Won
2008 Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award[citation needed] 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 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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