posted by Holly • January 7th, 2016 • Comments Off on The Advocate Interview with Olivia Wilde

After rocking bisexual roles in The O.C. and House, Olivia Wilde takes another spin on the small screen as a suburban wife and former Warhol muse in Vinyl, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter’s HBO drama about the music industry in 1970s New York, premiering February 14. Here she goes on record about being a wild child with a social conscience.

The Advocate: I interviewed your fiancé, Jason Sudeikis, for this column in 2011. Do you ever argue over who has the bigger LGBT following? 
Olivia Wilde: [Laughs] I’d happily challenge him, but I would hope I’d win in a landslide. I mean, come on! I’m proud to have played characters who’ve inspired people to live out loud, and I’m lucky to have reached an audience that’s been incredibly enthusiastic and supportive.

You were raised in Washington, D.C. What was your introduction to the LGBT community? 
My parents were journalists and friends with writers, artists, and just a really interesting assortment of people, so I was exposed to all lifestyles from a young age. It never occurred to me that some people were seen as wrong or even different. Jason and I certainly have the same attitude with our son. It’s important to us that he lives in New York to get exposure to every type of person, every race, every sexual orientation.

You’ve been vocal in your support of equality. When did you develop that activist spirit?
I went to a very progressive elementary school where I was heavily educated in civil rights. I remember learning about Harvey Milk when I was in sixth or seventh grade and being so inspired. That’s when I was introduced to the idea that we have a social responsibility as citizens to continue the fight for civil rights, and that the power of one individual’s voice is enormous.

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posted by Holly • October 28th, 2014 • Comments Off on Olivia Wilde Speaks Out in Support of Prop 47

Olivia Wilde has never shied away from voicing her opinion on political matters, and this upcoming election is no exception.

The actress and new mother is speaking out in support of Proposition 47, a California voter initiative which reduces penalty time for certain crimes.

“Family is everything. I’ve always felt that way, but having a baby this year really drove that truism home,” Wilde began.

“Being a mother has reinforced and refined my thinking on many issues, including—believe it or not—our criminal justice system. That’s why I’m supporting Proposition 47.”

Wilde gave birth to her first child with Jason Sudeikis, a baby boy named Otis, earlier this year. She and Sudeikis are engaged but have yet to tie the knot.

Wilde continued on about the initiative, saying that her family “instilled, since I was a child, a commitment to critical thinking. Don’t believe what you hear; explore and analyze what you encounter to determine your own truth. This family trait has led me to not only think deeply about societal issues but also to act. Having my son has only increased my desire to do so.”

She continued, “I also am one of several Artists for 47 endorsing the initiative, ranging from Jay‐Z to Brad Pitt to Cameron Diaz and John Legend. We’re united in this effort because our current justice system is tearing apart families for low‐level crimes, and draining community resources and tax coffers to pay for it. It hasn’t worked, and I urge Californians to join me on November 4 in voting yes on Prop. 47.”

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posted by Holly • October 28th, 2014 • (2) Comments

Olivia Wilde had her big break thanks to roles on television shows such as The O.C. and House, but she credits The Gaiety School for honing her drama skills.

“I know it sounds funny but Colin Farrell was seriously like God to my whole class at the Gaiety…We had a photo of him in the in the studio and there were pictures of him all over the school.”

However, once she hit the big time in Hollywood, her own photo was then given pride of place in the acting school’s hall of fame.

“A girl came up to me in a coffee shop in New York and said ‘I was a student at the Gaiety School and we just loved you and had your photo on the wall and everyone dreams of having your career,’” she recalls. “That’s when I felt yes, that’s amazing because my time in Dublin, that’s really what got me to where I am today. I learned a huge amount from the Irish style of acting and it’s served me well.”

The 30-year-old actress was born Olivia Cockburn and spent her childhood summers at her Irish grandfather’s home in Ardmore, Co Waterford.

The mum-of-one is intent on making a movie based in the picturesque South East countryside, but has yet to find the right script.

“It’s so close to my heart…we spent summers on the beach in Waterford and riding horses near my grandfather’s house, I probably have such a romantic notion of Ireland but honestly my dream is to make a movie there.”

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posted by Jennifer • August 12th, 2014 • Comments Off on Olivia Wilde On “Today”

Olivia Wilde appeared on “Today” yesterday, August 11th. You can watch her interview below!

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posted by Jennifer • February 19th, 2014 • Comments Off on Tell Me More: Olivia Wilde

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.

Insatiability.

What does integrity mean to you?

Unselfishness.

What is feminine?

Wise, empathetic, open, fluid.

What is masculine?

Focused, sturdy, determined, solid.

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posted by Jennifer • January 12th, 2014 • Comments Off on Olivia Wilde Reveals Due Date, Jokes That She’s ‘Never Had Boobs Before’

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.

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posted by Jennifer • January 7th, 2014 • Comments Off on Olivia Wilde Takes Hollywood Philanthropy To New Places

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.

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posted by Jennifer • December 12th, 2013 • Comments Off on The Hollywood Reporter Breakthrough Performers Panel

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.

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posted by Jennifer • October 10th, 2013 • Comments Off on Olivia Wilde Plays Funny or Die’s “Obamacare or Shut Up”

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.

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posted by Jennifer • October 3rd, 2013 • Comments Off on Elle Interview

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?
The idea was born out of a desire to find alternative ways of fundraising. Barbara [Burchfield] and I had been working in Haiti since 2008, desperately trying to raise money for education and healthcare projects. We kind of grew together as philanthropists. She’s a really tremendous mover-and-shaker. And we were just tired of fundraisers in the typical form. We thought there had to be another way to use the money that people are already spending—billions of dollars a day—and to funnel some of that to these worthy, small, locally run organizations.

Why did you choose to collaborate with Anthropologie?
Anthropologie is a company we really wanted to work with because we respect their ethics and their world view. It was the perfect way for us to broaden our horizons. But the core of the mission remains the same: That we were going to help a very specific organization that was run locally and educate consumers here about who they [are] helping. This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for consumers from Anthropologie to learn about New Light. And each tag on the dress has information about [the organization].

What’s the main problem children in Kolkata face?
Prostitution is a big, big problem. It’s passed on through generations. So, women who are born into it, tend to stay in it, and so do their children. There are girls who have already been working on the streets and they’re 8 years old. It’s really horrifying. So, Urmi Basu [the founder] built this school and orphanage for these girls, allowing them to go to school, to live in a safe community, and to have an opportunity to find work outside of prostitution, [while staying] connected to their families.

What is next for Conscious Commerce?
It will launch this fall as a website that’s really a guide to living consciously in all different ways and buying products for a purpose. You can come to our site and see which [products] are actually benefiting the organization they’re claiming to. We’re two girls who are very interested in fashion and style, as well as philanthropy. We wanted to give people a chance to see which pair of sunglasses are actually worth investing in. And eventually we want to grow from just style to guiding people to build consciously: architecture, food, health. We are just beginning.

What drives you to do this?
Seeing our secondary school go from being a patch of dirt in a field with cows to a thriving school with over 1,000 students, who would otherwise not be provided a secondary education, is extraordinary. I just can’t believe [it] came from just an idea.

How did your interest in this conscientious way of living develop?
I’ve been interested in aid work, activism, and philanthropy since I was really young. I grew up in Washington, D.C. with two journalist parents who were both very active and wanted to make the world a better place. We were raised with the ethos that that’s your responsibility as a human.

What is your dream project?
I’d love to work with Stella McCartney and have a Conscious Commerce collaboration that benefits animals.

Tell us about your involvement with ‘Half the Sky’?
I read the book [by Nicholas Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn], and I found it totally amazing, just incredibly life-changing. I loved how optimistic it was as a call to action. These women are overcoming unimaginable odds to build organizations, start companies, to survive, when you just can’t imagine how you would survive. I leaped at the chance to become a part of the documentary and traveled all over the world: to Cambodia, to Sierra Leone, to Kenya, and India.

What did you learn from working with them?
Optimism is the key. There’s a movement happening through our generation that I’m really proud to be a part of. Toms, Warby Parker, and Invisible Children, are all run by young people with a sense of excitement and optimism. Philanthropy is no longer a world for the old or rich. It belongs to the young people again because we’re finding the most innovative ways of alleviating poverty. Global Citizen Festival is a great example of that.

What other philanthropic models inspire you?
Ryot.org. They’re former aid workers that started a news site that provides an opportunity for the reader to become immediately active after reading a news story. You read about something happening in Syria, and at the bottom of the article, there’s an opportunity to volunteer, sign a petition, and donate money. I just love that really optimistic, active way of involving people in the news. We would like to do the same thing for consumers.

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