Olivia Jane Cockburn (born March 10, 1984), known professionally as Olivia Wilde, is an American actress, producer, director and activist. She is known for her role as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the medical-drama television series House (2007–2012), 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),The Lazarus Effect (2015), Love the Coopers (2015), and Meadowland (2015). In 2017, Wilde made her Broadway debut, playing the role of Julia in 1984. Her first film as director, Booksmart, is scheduled for release on May 24, 2019.
Wilde at the 2019 South by Southwest
Olivia Jane Cockburn
March 10, 1984
|Alma mater||Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin|
|Home town||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
(m. 2003; div. 2011)
|Partner(s)||Jason Sudeikis (2011–present; engaged)|
Her parents were prominent in the Washington, D.C. social scene, hosting dinner parties. 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 dual American and Irish citizenship, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wilde's paternal Scottish ancestors were upper-class and lived in many locations at the height of the British Empire, including Peking (where her paternal grandfather was born), Calcutta, Bombay, Cairo, and Tasmania. A great-great-grandfather, Henry Arthur Blake, was governor of Hong Kong. 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.[unreliable source?]
2003–2007: Career beginningsEdit
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 debutEdit
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 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." 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.
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).
2013–2016: Mainstream careerEdit
In 2013, Wilde wrote an article called the, "Do's and Don'ts of Turning 30," which was published in Glamour Magazine. 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 strait-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.
In 2015, she was the brand ambassador of H&M's Conscious Exclusive campaign. 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. 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. 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 filmsEdit
In 2017, Wilde made her Broadway debut portraying the role of Julia in 1984. 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.
In 2018, Wilde appeared in A Vigilante, directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson. It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 10, 2018. It is scheduled to be released on March 29, 2019, by Saban Films. The same year, Wilde starred in the drama Life Itself, opposite Oscar Isaac, and directed by Dan Fogelman. The film was released on September 21, 2018, received negative reviews from critics, and performed poorly at the box office.
Inspired by her award-winning journalist 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 has served as executive producer for other 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 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) 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 women fighting for liberation in Syria.
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. 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.
Wilde is widely known as a feminist. She participated in the 2017 Women's March in Washington, D.C. and the 2018 Women's March in Los Angeles, California. She is a supporter of Planned Parenthood and Time's Up.
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, although she has also claimed to be both vegan and vegetarian at different times in her life. She was voted PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2010.
Wilde holds dual citizenship with Ireland and the United States.
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. 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. 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, comedian, and screenwriter Jason Sudeikis in November 2011. They became engaged in January 2013. The couple have two children: a son born in 2014, and a daughter born in 2016.
|2004||The Girl Next Door||Kellie|
|2005||Conversations with Other Women||Bridesmaid|
|2006||Alpha Dog||Angela Holden|
|Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Sarah Witt|
|2007||The Death and Life of Bobby Z||Elizabeth|
|2009||Year One||Princess Inanna|
|The Ballad of G.I. Joe||Baroness||Short film|
|2010||Weird: The Al Yankovic Story||Madonna||Short film|
|The Next Three Days||Nicole|
|2011||Free Hugs||Head Hooper||Short film; also director and writer|
|Cowboys & Aliens||Ella Swenson|
|The Change-Up||Sabrina McKay|
|In Time||Rachel Salas|
|On the Inside||Mia Conlon|
|People Like Us||Hannah|
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Jane|
|Drinking Buddies||Kate||Also executive producer|
|Third Person||Anna Barr|
|2014||Better Living Through Chemistry||Elizabeth Roberts|
|The Longest Week||Beatrice Fairbanks|
|2015||The Lazarus Effect||Zoe McConnell|
|Meadowland||Sarah||Also executive producer|
|Love the Coopers||Eleanor Cooper|
|2016||Black Dog, Red Dog||Sunshine|
|Life Itself||Abby Dempsey|
|2019||Booksmart||N/A||Director (Directorial debut)|
|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||Main role (seasons 4–7); recurring role (season 8)|
|2012||Half the Sky||Herself||Documentary|
|Robot Chicken||Various voices||Episode: "Crushed by a Steamroller on My 53rd Birthday"|
|Tron: Uprising||Quorra||Voice role, Episode: "Isolated"|
|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||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"|
|2007||Beauty On The Vine||Lauren Chickering||Theatre Row|
|2017||1984||Julia||Hudson Theatre||Broadway debut|
|2006||"So Far We Are"||French Kicks|
|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|
|Tron Evolution: Battle Grids||Quorra|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2006||The Comedy Festival||Best Actress||Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Won|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Star Female||House||Won|
|Vail Film Festival||Rising Star Award||Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Won|
|2009||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||House||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||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|
|Choice TV Actress: Drama||House||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Comedy||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Nominated|
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