Olivia Wilde appeared on “Today” yesterday, August 11th. You can watch her interview below!
Actress Olivia Wilde seems to have worked non-stop over the course of the past decade, and her recent performances in Joe Swanberg’s “Drinking Buddies” and Spike Jonze’s “Her” suggest there’s a whole lot more to come; you can see her next in “Better Living Through Chemistry,” a dark comedy out March 14th.
The daughter of journalists, Wilde has retained her candor and curiosity despite the Hollywood glare, and she brings a hands-on pragmatism to her philanthropic work. She sits on the board of Artists for Peace and Justice, an educational organization serving the poorest neighborhoods in Haiti, and she recently launched Conscious Commerce, a digital enterprise which encourages shoppers to deploy their dollars for the greater good. Here, she shares her powerful definition of empathy and weighs the meaning of success.
What does honesty mean to you?
Fearless adherence to reality.
What makes you feel loved?
Feeling truly seen and permitted to truly see the other.
What is empathy?
The acknowledgement of our connectedness, and the ability to tap into it. The only time we abandon selfishness, and plug into what makes us an extraordinary species.
What qualities does a remarkable man possess?
Humility, generosity, humor, intelligence, and curiosity.
What qualities does a remarkable woman possess?
Humility, generosity, humor, intelligence, curiosity, and patience.
What question stumps you?
This one. Also, how did I get so lucky?
What is power?
The mixture of intelligence and confidence.
What is success?
Dream fulfillment. And making it last.
Describe one aspect of your dark side.
What does integrity mean to you?
What is feminine?
Wise, empathetic, open, fluid.
What is masculine?
Focused, sturdy, determined, solid.
Dressing for the Golden Globes this year had one — make that two — very special perks for Olivia Wilde.
“It’s great — I’ve never had boobs before!” the actress, 29, joked to E!’s Ryan Seacrest as he complimented Wilde’s emerald sequined Gucci gown, which she paired with an Emm Kuo clutch.
Currently appearing in Her, Wilde revealed the due date of her next big project — her and fiancé Jason Sudeikis‘s first child.
“May the fourth be with you,” she told Seacrest, explaining that’s how she remembers it, anyhow.
Olivia Wilde has a great idea on how to give back.
The actress, who is a budding star on screen and now part of one Hollywood’s biggest power couples with Jason Sudekis, is aspiring to be something like George Clooney when it comes to philanthropy. The actress recently started a new business, Conscious Commerce, that connects shoppers with companies that donate a portion of their proceeds to charities.
“It should be shocking when a product isn’t somehow helping the people who made it,” says Wilde.
Olivia Wilde and her partner Barbara Burchfield have already forged a partnership with Anthropologie. giving a portion of all sales from the clothing company to help a girl’s school in India.
Wilde and Conscious Commerce are taking a page from microlenders, focusing on small scale charities that work directly with people in need. Much like microlenders give money directly to people in need of projects — like building small businesses in third world countries — Conscious Consumer gives only to smaller charities with low overhead and a direct link to the people they serve.
Olivia sees big potential for the company.
“By incorporating a giving back structure into small purchases, it can make a huge different,” says Wilde.
While philanthropy may be her latest venture, Olivia Wilde has plenty on her plate. She has five movies in various stages of production, including an untitled sequel to Tron: Legacy that she’s signed on for.
At the same time, Olivia and beau Jason Sudekis are planning a wedding and preparing for the birth of their first child this year.
“They are incredibly happy,” a source close to the couple told People magazine. “They’re very excited to welcome a new member into their family.”
Jason Sudekis and Olivia Wilde hasn’t given an indication yet when she is due.
Olivia Wilde (Drinking Buddies), Adele Excharpoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color), Kathryn Hahn (Afternoon Delight), Greta Gerwig (Francis Ha), David Oyelowo (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) join THR’s awards analyst Scott Feinberg at The Warwick in Hollywood to discuss their award-worthy movies.
Ex-princess, ex-TV star and current movie star Olivia Wilde is so good at Obamacare.
Wilde appeared on Billy Eichner’s Funny or Die’s curbside game show “Obamacare or Shut Up,” in which she had to separate the facts about the Affordable Care Act from Eichner’s unrelated ramblings.
Here are a few Obamacare facts: Preventative care is now free, if you’re sick insurance can’t limit your benefits cap, and if you’re under 26, then you can stay on your parents insurance plan.
And Gwyneth Paltrow was in a movie about sex addiction. Shut up.
In the world according to Olivia Wilde, social responsibility is as necessary to being human as breathing—or shopping. While the face of Revlon may be best known for seducing married men in The Change Up and Butter (and sometimes women on The O.C.) she is also an avid humanitarian. Her latest pet project is Conscious Commerce, an organization she launched with her best friend Barbara Burchfield (the woman behind Global Citizen Festival), with the goal of changing how people shop. The premise is simple: pair retail items with a vetted, charitable cause, and turn shopping into a fundraising tool.
For its latest collaboration, Conscious Commerce paired up with Anthropologie and designer Yoana Baraschi to create a garment that gives back (and is available online now). The sweet, tulle-embroidered “New Light” dress (often worn by Wilde herself) will benefit the New Light school in Kolkata, India. The organization serves as an orphanage and health clinic that allows children in the low income, red light districts of the city to escape sex trafficking and violence. One hundred percent of the profits from the first 1,000 dresses sold will go directly to funding the school.
We talked to Wilde to learn about the future of Conscious Commerce and why world aid might just be the coolest youth movement.
How did Conscious Commerce come about?
Why did you choose to collaborate with Anthropologie?
What’s the main problem children in Kolkata face?
What is next for Conscious Commerce?
What drives you to do this?
How did your interest in this conscientious way of living develop?
What is your dream project?
Tell us about your involvement with ‘Half the Sky’?
What did you learn from working with them?
What other philanthropic models inspire you?