Born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York in 1984, Olivia Wilde always seemed to possess an air of regality about her. Indeed, destined to be a princess, she married Italian prince Tao Ruspoli in 2003 before settling down with him off the canals of Venice, California. Long before claiming the top spot on the Maxim Hot 100 list in 2009, Olivia studied acting in Ireland, a country in which she claims dual citizenship.
It was 2004 in which Olivia began making her mark in popular culture, first and most notably on television’s “The O.C.” and in the film, “The Girl Next Door.” Later, she would snag a lead role on “House,” and in the movies she took some interesting if offbeat roles in such films as “Alpha Dog,” “Conversations with Other Women,” “Bobby Z,” and the box office dud, “Year One.”
It seems Olivia is wrestling with the differing career paths of actress or ambiguous cultural celebrity. Her charisma and class that suited her in one way on “The O.C.” and red carpet affairs also has its advantages in public service announcements and campaigning for political figures like President Barack Obama. But whether she fully wants to commit herself to a disciplined career as a serious artist and thespian remains to be seen, and it may or may not be answered in 2010’s “Tron Legacy.”
Check out this cool video of Olivia we posted on our blog.
Olivia Wilde in GQ
"I’m definitely at this point now where things are shifting, they’re changing very fast. The only role I really don’t understand is this recent sort of ‘sexiest-vixen’ thing. It doesn’t feel like me, doesn’t feel natural.”
Check out the rest of the interview in the October 2009 issue of GQ.
Olivia on the Web
Olivia Wilde at Maxim
If you missed Olivia Wilde's introductory scene on 'House,' you need to find it. Whatever gives her the propensity for girl-on-girl action, we hope it doesn't change. Maxim has some incredible pictures for you to enjoy.
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Olivia’s profile with pics, videos, personal blog, and her interests.
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Olivia chats in an interview called “In the House.”
Olivia on Video
Another Olivia Interview
Olivia on her work on “The O.C.”
Olivia and Lisa Edelstein talk about “House.”
Olivia on the Screen
On television, she made her debut on “Skin,” but joined the fray with “The O.C.” and later “House,” with “The Black Donnellys” in between. On film, she’s in “The Girl Next Door,” “Conversations with Other Women,” “Alpha Dog,” “Turistas,” “Bobby Z,” “Fix,” and “Year One.”
In addition to being Maxim’s #1 Hot 100 in 2009, Olivia will appear in “Tron Legacy” in 2010 as well as “In Northwood,” as Mia.
On folks’ perception:
“I'm a natural blonde, but I feel like a brunette. I feel like people treat me now how I should be treated. People used to be shocked, when I was blond, that I wasn't stupid. I used to get these comments that I swear people thought were compliments. Like, 'Oh! You're smart!' – like they couldn't believe it.”