Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn; March 10, 1984) is an American-Irish actress, producer and activist. She is well known for her television role as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on House (2007–12), and for her roles in Tron: Legacy (2010), Her (2013), Drinking Buddies (2013), Rush (2013) and her upcoming role in HBO's rock 'n' roll drama, Vinyl (2016).

    Early life

    Wilde was born in New York City. Her mother, Leslie Cockburn (née Leslie Corkill Redlich), is an American-born 60 Minutes producer and journalist. Her father, Andrew Cockburn, also a journalist, was born in London, to British parents, and was 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; 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). 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 is also of 1/64th Sephardi Jewish descent (from Spain and Portugal) through Ralph Bernal (1783–1854), a Jewish British Whig politician and actor.

    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, 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. 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. Wilde had writer Christopher Hitchens as a babysitter.


    Wilde at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards

    During her early career, Wilde appeared in The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog, Conversations with Other Women and Turistas. She became known for her recurring role on The O.C. as Alex Kelly (2004-2005).

    In 2007, Wilde was part of the ensemble cast of the short-lived NBC mid-season drama The Black Donnellys. Wilde played Jenny Reilly, an Irish girl who grew up with the Donnellys and becomes romantically involved with the family's second son, Tommy. 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 Dr. Remy Hadley, nicknamed Thirteen, a secretive and bisexual young internist with Huntington's disease, who was handpicked by House out of a number of applicants to join his team. In August 2011, it was announced Wilde would be leaving House to pursue her film career. She 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". Wilde also appeared in the 2009 comedy film Year One as Princess Inanna, alongside Jack Black and Michael Cera.

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

    In 2010, she starred in Disney's Tron: Legacy as Quorra, the trusted friend and protector of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). In 2011, 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 the Earth from evil aliens. Wilde also starred alongside Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in the comedy The Change-Up (2011). Her additional films that year include In Time, On the Inside and Butter.

    Wilde starred alongside Chris Pine in the film People Like Us, released in June 2012. She also starred 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. Wilde can be seen in 2012's The Words as a curious amateur reporter named Daniella who interviews the film's main character, played by Dennis Quaid. In 2013, she starred in and executive produced Drinking Buddies, which also stars Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick. She also starred in the multi-strand drama Third Person (2012) as Anna, an author's muse who begins to mercilessly complicate his life. Wilde had a supporting role as a blind date in the Spike Jonze drama/romance/sci-fi film Her as well as a supporting role as Jane, a magician's assistant, in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in 2013. She also played Suzy Miller in the biographical drama Rush, about James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

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

    In 2015, 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 stars in and produced the thriller Meadowland, 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.

    Wilde's writing and directing debut was the film Free Hugs (2011) for Glamour Magazine's short film series. Free Hugs captures the "rock bottom" moment of post-breakup wallowing, when friends lose their patience and the pitiless world moves on without you. The short screened at various festivals across the country.

    Inspired by her parents, who are award-winning journalists and documentary filmmakers, Wilde has served as executive producer on several documentary films. Her most recent documentary short, Body Team 12, 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. Wilde also executive produced , a documentary short about Timmy Brennan, a New York iron worker from Breezy Point, Queens, who lost everything he owned when Hurricane Sandy hit; , which explored the cholera epidemic in Haiti; and , which is about a community in Haiti that rallies to build a movie theater after the disastrous 2010 earthquake.

    Continuing on the documentary front, Wilde was featured in the 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.

    Personal life

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

    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 pescetarian, though formerly 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 on April 20, 2014).

    Other activities

    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. She introduced Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton at a campaign event on June 30, 2015 in New York.

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

    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.

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



    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 Eleanor


    Year Title Role Notes
    2003 Skin Jewel Goldman Main role, 6 episodes
    2004–05 The O.C. Alex Kelly Recurring role, 13 episodes
    2006 Punk'd Herself Episode "7.2"
    2007 The Black Donnellys Jenny Reilly Main role, 14 episodes
    2007–12 House Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley Main role, 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"
    2014–15 Portlandia Brit 3 episodes
    2014 American Dad! Denise (voice) Episode: "Introducing The Naughty Stewardesses"
    2014–15 BoJack Horseman Charlotte (voice) 4 episodes
    2015 Doll & Em Olivia 5 episodes
    2016 Vinyl Devon Finestra

    Music videos

    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

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

    Awards and nominations

    Year Assoiation Category Work Result
    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 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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