Olivia Wilde Career Milestones
Born: Olivia Jane Cockburn
Birth Date: March 10, 1984
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5′ 7″ (1,7 m)
An actress and an activist, Olivia Wilde is a modern-day Renaissance woman. She effortlessly transitions between sharing the screen with renowned actors in critically acclaimed films and television shows, and working alongside devoted doctors and teachers in Haitian refugee camps.
Wilde recently starred as Jeff Bridges’ trusted friend and protector Quorra in the 3D futuristic blockbuster Tron: Legacy. This year, she will be seen in a wide array of projects. In the fall, Wilde has a cameo in Andrew Niccol’s futuristic thriller In Time. The film takes place in a world where individuals stop aging at age 25 and Wilde portrays Justin Timberlake’s mother, even though in real life, she is four years younger than he is. Additionally, Wilde will be seen in The Weinstein Company’s quirky political satire Butter, in which she portrays a competitor in an annual butter-carving event. Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Ty Burrell also star in the film.
Wilde recently wrapped production on Stefan Ruzowitzky’s film, Blackbird. She stars as Eric Bana’s younger sister in a story about two sibling fugitives who collide with a troubled ex-con during a holiday homecoming. She previously wrapped production on Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, Welcome to People. The film is the story of a businessman, played by Chris Pine, whose life is rocked when he learns his late father had a secret daughter. Wilde portrays Pine’s girlfriend, Hannah.
Raised by parents who are award-winning journalists and documentary filmmakers, Wilde was inspired to explore the documentary field on her own as well. One of her latest projects include executive producing the simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking short, Sun City Picture House, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary follows a community in Haiti that rallies to build a movie theater after the disastrous 2010 earthquake.
In addition to her work on the big screen, Wilde recently returned to her role in the spring of 2011 as Dr. Thirteen in the most watched television program in the world, House M.D. She joined the show in 2007 and has been a part of numerous life-saving storylines. House M.D. has won four Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes.
Wilde’s previous film credits include a cameo, opposite Russell Crowe, in Paul Haggis’ drama The Next Three Days; Year One, opposite Jack Black; co-starring with Bruce Willis and Emile Hirsch in Universal Pictures’ Alpha Dog; Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas, for which she won Best Actress at the Aspen Film Festival; and Conversations With Other Women, opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart.
Additionally, Wilde starred in and produced Fix, the story of documentary filmmakers who race all over California to get help for a relative. Fix opened at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and was released in New York in November 2009.
Her previous television roles include co-starring in the drama The Black Donnellys, created by Paul Haggis; Skin, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer; and a recurring role on the critically acclaimed FOX series The O.C. On stage, Wilde headlined Beauty on the Vine in the Epic Theatre Center’s off-Broadway production.
Wilde is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) and sits on the foundation board of the ACLU of Southern California. She recently teamed up with APJ board members Barbara Burchfield and Bryn Mooser to launch a new chapter of the organization named Young Artists for Peace and Justice (YAPJ). YAPJ is dedicated to creating a movement in American high schools and colleges to contribute to the end of poverty by supporting education in the developing world.
Wilde’s 2010s film credits include the star-studded Third Person, the Oscar-winning drama Her and critically-acclaimed and Golden Globe-nominated Rush. Wilde also produced and starred in the indie comedy Drinking Buddies.
In 2013, Wilde launched the philanthropic company Conscious Commerce, with the mission to create a guide for conscious living by promoting the causes, brands, people and lifestyles that are forging a new paragon of living. In line with the Conscious Commerce mission, Wilde also recently signed on to be the face of H&M’s latest Conscious Exclusive Collection, which is made completely using organic and recycled materials. She is also a board member of Artists For Peace and Justice and sits on the foundation board of the ACLU of Southern California.
In 2015, Wilde produced and starred in the drama Meadowland, which premiered at the year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Wilde earned rave reviews for her emotionally charged performance as a mother coping with the heartbreak following her young son’s disappearance. Up next for Wilde is the holiday comedy Love The Coopers. The film, which features an ensemble cast, follows the exasperated members of an extended family who gather for their annual holiday celebration.
Returning to television next year, Wilde will star alongside Bobby Canavale in HBO’s Untitled Rock ‘N’ Roll drama. Set in 1970s New York, the series is being produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter. Wilde previously starred in FOX’s acclaimed medical drama “House,” playing the standout Dr. Thirteen for six seasons.