Ask Ausiello has some scoop about Olivia Wilde and her character Thirteen on “House”.
Question: Now that Lisa Edelstein has opted not to return for House‘s eighth season and Jesse Spencer appears to be a lock to come back, should we be prepared for any other long-term castmembers leaving? —Melinda
Ausiello: The only remaining question mark is Olivia Wilde. Although she’s under contract for Season 8, her flourishing movie career will likely translate into another leave of absence — if not a permanent exit altogether. Exec producer David Shore concedes that there remains a great deal of “ambiguity” about the extent of Wilde’s involvement next season. “I expect she’ll be back,” he adds, “but I’m not sure how much she’ll be back.”
When Thirteen, played by Olivia Wilde, came strolling out of prison a few weeks ago, the fans of “House” collectively let out a sigh of relief. There are a number of “House” fans that were beginning to find the show a bit stale and predictable. With the return of Thirteen, suddenly the show opens up to a whole new world of possibilities. Here are five reasons why Thirteen returning makes “House” a much better show to watch.
Olivia Wilde is easy on the eyes
Shallow though it may be, the beautiful Olivia Wilde is certainly a good reason to tune in every single week. Those crystal eyes melt the screen every single week. Olivia Wilde is known the world over for her undeniable sex appeal. Fortunately, her beauty is not her only asset as an actress.
Thirteen’s history with Dr. Eric Foreman
In years past, Olivia Wilde has had an on-screen relationship with Omar Epps. This relationship was fodder for some of the best episodes in “House” history. The challenges they faced due to her health problems were extremely well crafted. Now, with Thirteen returning from prison secretly, Dr. Foreman and Thirteen are in perfect position to have fireworks again at some point. Even if they do not get back together, the history makes for excellent romantic tension and interest for viewers.
Thirteen’s impending demise makes “House” more interesting
Since the early days of her character, it was made clear that Olivia was dying. Now that she has returned and time has gone by, that death seems ever present and spooky looming in the background of her character. Will she die on the show soon? Will she suddenly get healed by some “House” miracle? These questions build drama and excitement around the week to week storyline.
“House” knows her secret
“House” is certainly one to be in on secrets and Thirteen is just as unlucky as others before her. When “House” knows your secret, you can be sure he will tease you and mess with your mind. Will he tell the rest of the team where Thirteen has been all this time? Will he reveal Thirteen’s secret? Only “House” knows for sure but it sure is fun watching to find out.
Thirteen is Hugh Laurie’s intellectual equal
Of all the characters that have come and gone on “House” over the years, Thirteen is the one that seems to be able to go toe to toe with him best. She is able to trick him when needed and actually get away with it, but at the same time lose emotional battles on occasion too. This ability makes for excellent back and forth between them both and great television for us all.
Olivia Wilde is back on “House” and fans could not be happier about it. These are only a few reasons why.
Justin Timberlake’s spokesperson has shot down fresh rumors he’s dating actress Olivia Wilde after they were spotted celebrating a mutual friend’s birthday together in New York.
The “SexyBack” hitmaker recently co-hosted a dinner party for his pal at his barbecue restaurant Southern Hospitality and Wilde was among those in attendance, mingling with the singer/actor and other guests.
It is the second time in as many months the newly single stars have been spotted out together, but Timberlake’s representative insists there is nothing romantic between the two.
His rep tells People.com, “They are friends and are not romantically involved, nor is Mr. Timberlake romantically involved with anyone.”
The pair was first linked in April, just weeks after the singer/actor split from Jessica Biel, and Wilde filed for divorce from Italian prince Tao Ruspoli.
At the time, Olivia Wilde dismissed reports of a budding romance with Timberlake, tweeting, “Cool it honeybadgers. We are just friends and have been for years.”
One of the many perks of authoring The Satanic Verses and The Moor’s Last Sigh is the requisite personal friendship with Olivia Wilde, best known for her work in Tron: Legacy 3D and The O.C., on which she played a lesbian during a brief but memorable story arc in late 2005. The author and the actress discussed foreign policy at Da Silvano last week, because “he’s one of her parents’ best friends,” a rep said.
Recently single “Tron: Legacy” beauty Olivia Wilde was spotted dining with Salman Rushdie at a table for two at Da Silvano the other night. But while some onlookers thought it was a date, don’t let your imagination run wild. “He’s one of her parents’ best friends,” said a rep for Wilde, whose love life has been speculated about wildly since she filed for divorce in February from Tao Ruspoli. And man-about-town Rushdie has been linked to a laundry list of long-legged lovelies.
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Olivia Wilde has said that she would love to play Lara Croft in the planned reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise.
In an interview with MTV, the actress also revealed that she hasn’t been approached to star as the character made famous on film by Angelina Jolie.
“That would be so awesome,” she said. “I love Lara Croft.
“As far as I know right now, I’m not playing [her]. But that’s really cool that people think I should.”
The Tron: Legacy star will next be seen in cinemas as Ella in Cowboys & Aliens, which also features Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. In addition, she recently polled fifth in FHM UK’s 2011 ‘Sexiest Woman in the World’.
Wilde can currently be seen as Dr. Remy Hadley (aka Thirteen) in the Fox medical drama House, which was renewed for an eighth season yesterday.
Actress Olivia Wilde is planning to turn director after signing on to make a movie about a Haitian children’s baseball team.
The Tron: Legacy star was among the first celebrity aid volunteers to travel to the Caribbean nation in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, which left Haiti devastated, and she admits the journey was an “amazing” experience.
Now, she’s heading back to make a film about a group of young survivors.
She tells America’s Glamour magazine, “I’m going to Haiti to work on a documentary about a Little League team.”
The actress is hoping to turn the trip into an extended vacation, although she’s hesistant to leave so soon after purchasing her first home following her marriage split.
She says, “I’m thinking about travelling, but I should stay in one place. I just bought a house (in Los Angeles).”
Wilde filed for divorce from Italian prince Tao Ruspoli earlier this year (11) after eight years of marriage.
The new “Tomb Raider” movie is moving an inch closer to realization. “Iron Man” writing duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are hired to write the script of the untitled Tomb Raider reboot project. “Mark and Hawk’s clear sensibilities of action and emotion are perfect for the direction we are taking this franchise,” producer Graham King announced.
GK Films, which is owned by King, acquired the rights to the video game adaptation for a new franchise. “We aim to write an origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes,” Fergus and Ostby stated.
King and his producing partner Tim Headington are aiming for 2013 release for the first film.
Angelina Jolie famously played the character in the 2001 and 2003 movies, and there was a rumor that Olivia Wilde would take over. However, in a recent interview with MTV, Wilde said, “As far as I know right now, I’m not playing Lara Croft. No,” and added later, “That’s really cool that people think I should play her. That’s nice of them.”
Wilde stars in Fergus and Ostby’s latest film “Cowboys and Aliens” which opens in U.S. theaters July 29.
Planning our annual Young Hollywood issue goes something like this:
The entire staff crashes on Marvin Scott Jarrett’s two big couches, each with a list of emerging actors they think are amazing. We share, we debate, we shriek “I’m so obsessed with her!”… then Marvin and Luke Crisell begin crafting a list of Young Hollywood contenders.
It’s a fun and chaotic process, but apparently it works pretty well – past YH alums have gone onto score Oscar nominations, Tony Awards, fashion campaigns, and box office gold.
With our fifth Young Hollywood issue officially launching tomorrow, we’ve pulled some of our favorite photos from the past five years – a retrospective, if you will, of our favorite Hollywood hotshots as young men and women.