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Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde in 2010 Independent Spirit Awards (cropped).jpg
Wilde at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards
BornOlivia Jane Cockburn
(1984-03-10) March 10, 1984 (age 34)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Citizenship
  • American
  • Irish
Alma materGaiety School of Acting, Dublin
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • filmmaker
Years active2003–present
Home townWashington, D.C., U.S.
Spouse(s)
Tao Ruspoli
(m. 2003; div. 2011)
Partner(s)Jason Sudeikis (2011–present; engaged)
Children2
Parent(s)
  • Andrew Cockburn
  • Leslie Cockburn
Relatives
  • Claud Cockburn (paternal grandfather)
  • Patricia Cockburn (paternal grandmother)

Olivia Jane Cockburn (born March 10, 1984),[1] known professionally as Olivia Wilde, is an American actress, model, producer, director and activist. She is known for her role as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the medical-drama television series House (2007–2012),[2] and her roles in the films Conversations with Other Women (2005), Alpha Dog (2007), Tron: Legacy (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), Butter (2011), Drinking Buddies (2013), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Rush (2013), Her (2013), The Lazarus Effect (2015), Love the Coopers (2015), and Meadowland (2015).[3] In 2007, Wilde made her Broadway debut, playing the role of Julia in 1984.[4]

Contents

  • 1 Early life
    • 1.1 Family
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 2003–2007: Career beginnings
    • 2.2 2007–2012: House, films and directing debut
    • 2.3 2013–2016: Mainstream career
    • 2.4 2017–present: Broadway debut and upcoming films
  • 3 Documentaries
  • 4 Activism
  • 5 Personal life
  • 6 Filmography
  • 7 Awards and nominations
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Early life[edit]

Wilde was born in New York City and grew up in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.,[5][6] while spending summers at Ardmore in County Waterford, Ireland.[7]

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 rock singer of the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, until Jagger noticed her and shooed her to bed.[8] She attended private school at Georgetown Day School, in Washington, D.C. and boarding school at Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 2002.

Wilde, who holds Irish as well as American citizenship, derived her stage name from Irish author Oscar Wilde.[4] She changed her surname while in high school, to honor the writers in her family, many of whom used pen names.[9]

Wilde was accepted to Bard College, but deferred her enrollment three times in order to pursue acting.[10] She then studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin.[4]

Family[edit]

Her mother, Leslie Cockburn, is an American-born 60 Minutes producer and journalist. Her father, Andrew Cockburn, also a journalist, was born in London to a British family and raised in Ireland. For a short time Wilde's family also had a house in Guilford, Vermont. Wilde has a sister five years older and a brother nine years younger.[4]

Wilde has said that as a result of her parents' occupations, she has a "strong journalistic streak" and is "really critical and analytical." Wilde's uncles, Alexander and Patrick Cockburn, also worked as journalists; 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. Writer Christopher Hitchens served as her babysitter.[6]

Wilde's ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Manx, and Scottish; she is also of 1/64th Sephardi Jewish descent through her ancestor, Ralph Bernal (1783–1854), a British Whig politician and actor.[11][12]

Wilde's paternal Scottish ancestors were upper-class and lived in several places at the height of the British Empire, including Peking (where her paternal grandfather was born), Kolkata, Mumbai, Cairo, and Tasmania; one of her paternal great-great-grandfathers, Henry Arthur Blake, was Governor of Hong Kong.[13] Her other paternal 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.[13][14][unreliable source?]

Through her father's family Wilde is related to Sir George Cockburn, 10th Baronet, who was responsible for burning down Washington, DC in the War of 1812.[15]

Career[edit]

2003–2007: Career beginnings[edit]

Wilde appeared as "Jewel Goldman" on the short-lived FOX television series, Skin (2003-2004). She became known for her recurring role as Alex Kelly on the teen-drama television series, The O.C. (2004–2005). She was in the films, The Girl Next Door (2004), Conversations with Other Women (2005), Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2006), Turistas (2006) and Alpha Dog (2006). In 2007, she appeared in the off-Broadway theatre production of Beauty on the Vine, a political thriller, playing three different characters. She was also in The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007) and the short-lived NBC drama television series, The Black Donnellys (2007).

2007–2012: House, films and directing debut[edit]

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

In September 2007, Wilde joined the cast of the FOX medical-drama television series, House. She played the character of Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley, a secretive and bisexual young internist with Huntington's disease, who was handpicked by House out of a number of applicants to join his medical team. Her first appearance was in the episode, "The Right Stuff."

Wilde on the Tron: Legacy panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California.

Wilde appeared in the comedy film Year One (2009) as Princess Inanna, alongside Jack Black and Michael Cera. She starred in Disney's Tron: Legacy (2010) as Quorra, the trusted friend and protector of Kevin Flynn played by Jeff Bridges.

In August 2011, it was announced Wilde would be leaving House to further pursue her film career; she left a few months later, in the episode "Charity Case."[16] Wilde starred in Cowboys & Aliens (2011) as Ella Swensen, who works with Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) and Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) to save the Earth from evil aliens, and also starred alongside Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in the comedy The Change-Up (2011). She was also in the films, In Time (2011), On the Inside (2011) and Butter (2011).

In 2011, Wilde became a global brand ambassador for the cosmetic company, Revlon, which featured her in their commercials. Wilde made her directing and screenwriting debut with the film Free Hugs (2011) for Glamour Magazine's short film series, which was screened at various festivals.

In May 2012, Wilde's character, Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley, returned for the series finale of House for two episodes, "Holding On" and "Everybody Dies."

She starred alongside Chris Pine in the film People Like Us (2012), Third Person (2012), The Words (2012) and as Liza in Deadfall (2012), a thriller about two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration. She had a supporting role as a blind date in the Spike Jonze drama/romance/sci-fi film Her (2012).[17]

2013–2016: Mainstream career[edit]

In 2013, Wilde wrote an article called the, "Do's and Don'ts of Turning 30," which was published in Glamour Magazine.[18] She starred in and executive produced Drinking Buddies (2013), which co-starred Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick. She had a supporting role as Jane, a magician's assistant, in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013). She also played Suzy Miller in the biographical drama Rush (2013), about James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Wilde starred as Elizabeth Roberts, a trophy-wife customer who enters a straight-laced pharmacist's life and takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder in Better Living Through Chemistry (2014). She starred as Beatrice Fairbanks in The Longest Week (2014), alongside Jason Bateman and Billy Crudup, as the middle of a love triangle between an affluent drifter and his best friend.[19]

In 2015, she was the brand ambassador of H&M's Conscious Exclusive campaign.[20] She starred in the thriller The Lazarus Effect (2015) as Zoe, a medical researcher who is accidentally killed, then revived with a miraculous serum with unfortunate side-effects.[21] Wilde also starred in and produced the drama Meadowland (2015), directed by Reed Morano from a script by Chris Rossi. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 17, 2015.[22][23] She played Eleanor in Love the Coopers (2015).

In 2016, Wilde directed a music video for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, teaming up with DP, Reed Morano. She then worked with American rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, directing the music video for their song "Dark Necessities" for their album The Getaway. Wilde starred as Devon Finestra in HBO's rock 'n' roll drama television series, Vinyl (2016).

Her brand ambassador partnership with Revlon ended in 2016.

2017–present: Broadway debut and upcoming films[edit]

In 2017, Wilde made her Broadway debut portraying the role of Julia in 1984.[24] It opened at the Hudson Theatre in New York City on June 22 (previews beginning May 18) for a limited run until October 8, 2017. In May 2017, Wilde became chief brand activist of True Botanicals, a cosmetics and skin care company.[25]

She is currently starring in the films, Life Itself (2018) and A Vigilante (2018). She starred in Drake's music video "Nice For What" which was released in April 2018.

Wilde is currently shooting her feature film as a director, a coming of age movie called Booksmart (2019) for Annapurna Pictures with Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever in the main roles.[26]

Documentaries[edit]

Inspired by her award-winning journalists and documentary filmmaker parents, Wilde has served as executive producer on several documentary short films, such as, Sun City Picture House (2010), which is about a community in Haiti that rallies to build a movie theater after the disastrous 2010 earthquake.

In 2012, Wilde was featured in PBS docu-series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which was inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book of the same name. The docu-series follows Wilde as she learns of the struggles women face in Nairobi, Kenya. She also produced the short film, Baseball in the Time of Cholera (2012), which explored the cholera epidemic in Haiti.

She executive produced more documentary short films, The Rider and the Storm (2013), about Timmy Brennan, a New York ironworker from Breezy Point, Queens who lost everything he owned when Hurricane Sandy hit and Body Team 12 (2015), which follows the team tasked with collecting the dead at the height of the Ebola outbreak. The film went on to win Best Documentary Short at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and is nominated for the Documentary Short Subject category at the 88th Academy Awards.

Her most recent documentary short, Fear Us Women (2017), follows Canadian civilian, Hanna Bohman, who has spent the last three years in Syria as a volunteer soldier battling ISIS. As a member of the YPJ, an all-female Kurdish army, Hanna gives an inside look at the brave women fighting for liberation in one of the world's most dangerous countries.

Activism[edit]

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

In 2008, Wilde campaigned with actors Justin Long and her then-current House castmate Kal Penn in support for the Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.[27] 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 which encouraged youth to vote at the 2008 election.[28]

She appeared in the MoveOn.org mock-PSA "supporting" the rights of the healthcare insurance industry.[29]

Wilde was praised by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworkers' union, for supporting the Fair Foods campaign.[30]

In 2013, she appeared in a video clip for Gucci's "Chime for Change" campaign that aims to raise awareness and funds of women's issues in terms of education, health, and justice.[31]

Wilde is one of the Board of Directors at Artists for Peace and Justice, which provides education and health services in Haiti,[32] and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.

Wilde is a celebrity influencer/activist for RYOT, a Los Angeles-based media company.[33]

On June 30, 2015, she introduced Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in New York City.[34]

Wilde starred in a PSA released on March 21, 2016 for World Down Syndrome Day where she stars alongside 19-year-old AnnaRose from New Jersey who has Down Syndrome.[35]

Wilde is widely known as a feminist.[36] She participated in the 2017 Women's March in Washington, D.C. and the 2018 Women's March in Los Angeles, California.[37] She is a supporter of Planned Parenthood and Time's Up.

Wilde's mother, Leslie, was the Democratic nominee for Virginia's 5th congressional district in the 2018 U.S. midterm election. She lost to businesman and accused Bigfoot erotica devotee Denver Riggleman.

Personal life[edit]

Wilde and Jason Sudeikis in September 2013

Wilde derived her stage name 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 considered herself a pescetarian in 2011,[38] although she has also claimed to be both vegan and vegetarian at different times in her life.[39] She was voted PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2010.[40]

Wilde holds dual citizenship with Ireland and the United States.[3]

On June 7, 2003, when she was 19 years old, Wilde married Prince Tao Ruspoli, an Italian filmmaker and musician, and member of the aristocratic Ruspoli family that owns a famed palazzo in Italy.[41][42] They were married in Washington, Virginia 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.[9] On February 8, 2011, she and Ruspoli announced that they were separating.[43] Wilde filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court on March 3, 2011, citing "irreconcilable differences".[44] The divorce was finalized on September 29, 2011. Wilde did not seek spousal support, and the pair reached a private agreement on property division.[45]

Wilde began dating actor, comedian, and screenwriter Jason Sudeikis in November 2011.[46] They became engaged in January 2013.[47] The couple have two children: a son born in 2014[48] and a daughter born in 2016.[49]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Girl Next Door Kellie
2005 Conversations with Other Women Bridesmaid
2006 Alpha Dog Angela Holden
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Sarah Witt
Turistas Bea
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Elizabeth
2008 Fix Bella
2009 Year One Princess Inanna
The Ballad of G.I. Joe Baroness Video short
2010 Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Madonna Video short
The Next Three Days Nicole
Tron: Legacy Quorra
2011 Free Hugs Head Hooper Short film; also director and writer
Cowboys & Aliens Ella Swenson
The Change-Up Sabrina McKay
Butter Brooke Swinkowski
In Time Rachel Salas
On the Inside Mia Conlon
2012 Deadfall Liza
People Like Us Hannah
The Words Daniella
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Jane
Drinking Buddies Kate Also executive producer
Rush Suzy Miller
Her Blind Date
Third Person Anna Barr
2014 Better Living Through Chemistry Elizabeth Roberts
The Longest Week Beatrice Fairbanks
2015 The Lazarus Effect Zoe McConnell
Unity Narrator Documentary
Meadowland Sarah Also executive producer
Love the Coopers Eleanor Cooper
2016 Black Dog, Red Dog Sunshine
2018 A Vigilante Sadie
Life Itself Abby Dempsey
2019 Booksmart Post-production; Director
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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"
Half the Sky Herself Documentary
Robot Chicken Various 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"
2014–2015 Portlandia Brit 3 episodes
BoJack Horseman Charlotte (voice) 4 episodes
2015 Doll & Em Olivia 5 episodes
2016 Vinyl Devon Finestra 8 episodes
2017 Son of Zorn Radiana (voice) Episode: "Radioactive Ex-Girlfriend"
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Beauty On The Vine Lauren Chickering Theatre Row
2017 1984 Julia Hudson Theatre

Broadway debut

Music videos
Year Title Artist Notes
2006 "So Far We Are" French Kicks
2007 "Stolen" Dashboard Confessional
2010 "Derezzed" Daft Punk
2013 "City of Angels" Thirty Seconds to Mars
2016 "No Love Like Yours" Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Director
"Dark Necessities" Red Hot Chili Peppers Director
2018 "Nice for What" Drake
Year Title Voice role
Video games
2010 Tron: Evolution Quorra
Tron Evolution: Battle Grids Quorra

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association 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
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star Female House Won
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama House Nominated
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
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Female Tron: Legacy Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama House Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Nominated