Childhood & Early Life
Olivia Jane Cockburn was born on March 10, 1984, in New York City, to Leslie and Andrew Cockburn. Her father was a journalist and her mother was a producer and journalist. She has an elder sister named Chloe Frances Cockburn and a younger brother named Charlie Philip Cockburn.
She wanted to become an actress right from the age of two. The family lived in Vermont for a brief period of time and a young Wilde attended ‘Georgetown Day School’ in Washington D.C.
In 1995, she played Magdalene in her debut short film ‘Meeting Magdalene.’
She later attended ‘Phillips Academy’ in Massachusetts, from where she graduated in 2002.
She also studied at the ‘Gaiety School of Acting’ in Dublin, Ireland for a brief period of time.
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Her acting career took off when she played Jewel Goldman in the American television series ‘Skin’ where she appeared in six episodes. Her acting skills got her noticed and she was cast as Alex Kelly in ‘The O.C.,’ which was a hit American drama series.
She made her motion picture debut as Kellie in the American hit film ‘The Girl Next Door’ in 2004. The next year, she appeared in ‘Conversations with Other Women,’ playing the role of a bridesmaid.
In 2006, she appeared in three films, namely ‘Alpha Dog,’ ‘Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas,’ and ‘Turistas.’ The next year, she was seen in ‘The Death and Life of Bobby Z.’
In 2007, she returned to television with a role in ‘The Black Donnellys.’ She then played Dr. Remy ‘Thirteen’ Hadley in the television series ‘House.’ She played Remy Hadley from 2007 to 2012, appearing in 81 episodes.
From 2008 to 2012, she was cast in films, such as ‘Fix,’ ‘Year One,’ ‘The Ballad of G.I. Joe,’ ‘The Next Three Days,’ ‘Tron: Legacy,’ ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ ‘The Change-Up,’ ‘In Time,’ and ‘Butter.’ In 2012, she was seen in a documentary titled ‘Half the Sky’ and lent her voice for TV series, such as ‘Robot Chicken’ and ‘Tron: Uprising.’
In 2012, she also starred in a number of other films, including ‘Deadfall,’ ‘People Like Us,’ and ‘The Words,’ which made the year an extremely busy one for the actress.
In 2013, she was seen in an episode of the comedy series, ‘The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange.’
Juggling between her television assignments and her film projects, she starred in ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,’ ‘Drinking Buddies,’ ‘Rush,’ and ‘Third Person’ in 2013.
In 2014, she appeared as the lead in the movie ‘The Longest Week’ opposite Jason Bateman. In 2014, she was also cast in an episode of ‘American Dad!’ The following year, she had a series of movie releases like ‘The Lazarus Effect,’ ‘Unity,’ ‘Meadowland,’ and ‘Love the Coopers.’
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She voiced the role of Charlotte in the adult animated comedy ‘BoJack Horseman.’ She also played the role of Olivia in five episodes of British TV series ‘Doll & Em.’
In 2016, she appeared in the movie ‘Black Dog, Red Dog’ and then played Devon Finestra in eight episodes of the TV series ‘Vinyl.’ The following year, she made her Broadway debut, portraying the role of Julia in ‘1984’ which opened at the ‘Hudson Theatre’ at New York City.
In 2018, she appeared in the critically acclaimed movie ‘A Vigilante’ and then played a prominent role in ‘Life Itself.’ The latter was rated poorly and performed badly at the box-office. The following year, she made her directorial debut in the movie ‘Booksmart’ which was well-appreciated by the critics and did considerably well at the box-office.
She has been featured in several music videos by various artists and has lent her voice for video games as well. In 2019, she was cast to play Kathy Scruggs in a drama film titled ‘Richard Jewell.’
Personal Life & Legacy
Olivia Wilde has dual citizenship – United States and Ireland.
She is a strict vegan and a ‘PETA’ activist.
She married a filmmaker named Tao Ruspoli on June 7, 2003, in a private ceremony in an abandoned school bus. She was only 19-years-old at the time of her marriage.
She divorced Ruspoli citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ on September 29, 2011. The same year, she began dating actor Jason Sudeikis. They got engaged in January 2013 and have two children; a son named Otis Alexander and a daughter named Daisy Josephine.
Apart from being an actress, she is also a board member of ‘Artists for Peace and Justice’ and ‘ACLU of Southern California.’ She also actively supports organizations, such as ‘18 in ’08,’ ‘Global Poverty Project,’ and the ‘Fair Foods Campaign.’
She appeared in a video for Gucci’s ‘Chime for Change’ which raised awareness about women’s issues in the field of justice, health, and education.
A staunch feminist, she participated in the ‘Women’s March’ in 2017 and 2018. She also participated in a PSA, creating awareness about Down syndrome on ‘World Down Syndrome Day’ in 2016.