Olivia's In the House!
Olivia Wilde (March 10, 1984) is someone that you see all over the television and in films, but she doesn't quite get the same type of name recognition as some of the other ladies of her generation. Olivia, though, has built quite a solid body of work which is the equal of many of the ladies who get a lot more press. Let's take a look inside the world of Olivia Wilde.
Olivia's real name is Olivia Jane Cockburn. She is a New York girl, the daughter of a producer for "60 Minutes." No need to ask how she got into the business, there's your answer right there. Her father is a British journalist from London with an Irish upbringing.
Olivia grew up around famous people. Christopher Hitchens was her babysitter. Her mother the 60 Minutes producer had friends like Mick Jagger and Richard Holbrooke over for dinner. She went to private school and later to Phillips Academy in Andover.
Olivia studied acting in Dublin, and then quickly got television parts. After guest roles in films like "The Girl Next Door" (2004) and "Alpha Dog," Olivia scored a recurring role on "The O.C." as Alex Kelly. It was one of the hip shows of its day, and it got her noticed.
|Olivia with Liam Neeson.|
Her next television series was "The Black Donnellys" on NBC. It didn't last very long, but it was good experience. She got to play an Irish girl, which fit in with her own background quite nicely.
It was at this point that Olivia's career really took off. She snagged the role of Dr. Remy Hadley on "House," the long-running Fox medical drama. The show as on forever, but Olivia left before the show ended 2012 to pursue her film career. She did, however, return for the last two episodes.
Another high point in Olivia's career was her appearance in Disney's "Tron: Legacy." She played Quorra, friend of the original character of Jeff Bridges, Kevin Flynn.
Another big role was in "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011) playing Ella Swanson, who works with the leads to save the world from, well, aliens.
After all these big roles, Olivia was set. She began taking more interesting parts in smaller films, but they were still great films: "People Like Us," with Chris Pine; "The Words" as a reporter; "Drinking Buddies," which she also executive-produced.
Just like her famous parents, Olivia has done some documentary work. She has been executive producer of a film on the Ebola crisis ("Body Team 12"), which won the Best Short Documentary of at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. She also has done documentaries about victims of Hurricane Sandy ("The Rider and the Storm"), cholera in Haiti ("Baseball in the Time of Cholera"), and women in Nairobi, Kenya (" Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide").
Fun trivia: Olivia took her stage name from Irish author Oscar Wilde.
Olivia Wilde is a vegetarian.
|Olivia in "Tron: Evolution."|
Olivia married young, to Italian scion Tao Ruspoli. They divorced in 2011.
Olivia later hooked up with Jason Sudeikis. They have one son so far and are expecting a second child in 2016.
Olivia is involved in a lot of charities. She is a board member of "Artists for Peace and Justice," which helps poor people in Haiti. She also is with the ACLU of Southern California.
Olivia is a big supporter of the Democratic Party. She campaigned for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and joins protests against President Donald Trump outside Trump Tower in New York City.
Olivia has parlayed her acquaintance with Mick into career opportunity. Jagger is behind a new series, "Vinyl," along with some other heavy hitters such as Martin Scorsese. It is a HBO period drama that already is in its second season. Olivia plays Devon Finestra, married to one of the characters and a former friend of Andy Warhol.
Olivia also has done a bunch of music videos. She was in the Thirty Seconds to Mars video "City of Angels" and the Daft Punk video "Derezzed."
Her role in Tron also made her video game favorites. Oliva has voiced her role of Quorra in "Tron: Evolution" and "Tron Evolution: Battle Grids."
Oh, and Olivia knows Liam Neeson: she worked with him on "Third Person" (2013). How cool is that?
Olivia remains a very busy actress. She alternates between films and television, appearing in such television series as "Vinyl" (2016) as Devon Finestra, and film "A Vigilante" (2018) as Sadie. She had some "scandalous" scenes in "Vinyl" which she handled with her usual aplomb.
Olivia has broadened her acting horizons to include Broadway. She opened in "1984" in June 2017 alongside Tom Sturridge and Reed Birney. She played Julia, who fans of George Orwell's novel will recall is the love interest of the protagonist, Winston Smith.