Olivia Wilde’s West End Dream

Olivia Wilde dreams of performing in London’s West End theatres.

The ‘Rush’ actress would love to swap the big screen for the stage, but she has so many upcoming movie commitments she is unable to make room in her busy schedule.

When quizzed on possible theatre plans at the world premiere of ‘Rush’ in London’s Leicester Square on Monday night (02.09.13), she told BANG Showbiz: ”I have no time but that’s something I would love to do. Absolutely. It’s such a dream.”

The 29-year-old beauty turned heads by exposing her cleavage and midriff in a black Gucci blazer on the red carpet and it seems Olivia took inspiration from her supermodel character Suzy Miller – wife of playboy race car driver James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth – in the new Formula One biopic, who she believes was equally daring.

She explained: ”She was so cool to play because she epitomises the glamour of the time. She was fearless and confident, and I think she was James’ match. She wasn’t intimidated by him. She wasn’t a long-suffering wife, she was a supermodel and it-girl of the time. They fell in love really quickly and it didn’t last, but I think it was a real hot romance.”

New York-born Olivia – who is dating ‘We’re the Millers’ star Jason Sudeikis – adopted an English accent for the part of Suzy and she admits it wasn’t too difficult because her father, journalist Andrew Myles Cockburn, was born and raised in London.

She added: ”My father has an English accent, so I’ve grown up with it. I didn’t stay in the accent in between shots consistently, but I tried to stay in the rhythm. It helped that the crew had an English accent so I tried to listen to them and stay in it.”

Olivia was joined on the red carpet by co-stars Chris and Daniel Bruhl, ‘Rush’ director Ron Howard, and a host of celebrities including Naomi Campbell and Chris’ brother Liam Hemsworth.


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Getting Wasted With Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson

As the summer movie season winds to a close and we’ve become exhausted by explosions and superheroes and giant portals in the sky, the perfect remedy are some of the fantastic indie movies that are hitting theaters. One of those films is Joe Swanberg’s ‘Drinking Buddies,’ a romantic comedy for people who like to drink a lot of beer and generally hate romantic comedies. We caught up with stars Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson to talk about getting drunk, skinny dipping and having no idea what is going to happen next.


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Glamour Interview

If you couldn’t tell, we’re pretty, ahem, wild about Olivia Wilde here at Team Glamour. She’s such a hilarious writer that she’s thisclose to taking all of our jobs, she’s beyond talented in the acting department, and she has an amazing relationship with her fiance, Jason Sudeikis. So it should come as no surprise that she was just as open and honest when interviewing her about her new movie, Drinking Buddies, a story about two couples and their intertwining lives.

Glamour: Let’s talk about Gene Dentler in the film [played by Jason Sudeikis]. I think this guy has a future.
Olivia Wilde: Yeah, I believe in him. I really believe in him.

Glamour: How did Jason come on board?
Olivia: He did me a real solid [favor]. He came to visit me in Chicago right before he went to shoot We’re the Millers. He came to set thinking he was just coming to have lunch with me, and I said, “Hey, we don’t have anyone to play my boss. Do you think you could come improvise with me?” And he’s like, “Sure, let’s do it!” He’s so good at it—just coming up with character traits and not trying to be funny. We had never been on camera together, so we kept giggling through it. I asked him to come back for another moment too that took place in the bar with Jake, and he was so good.

Glamour: Were you a Sex and the City fan? Because the first time Ron Livingston is on-screen, I thought, It’s Berger! Post-It Note Guy is back!
Olivia: For me, actually it was Swingers! Ron has been in so many things, and he’s obviously a Steppenwolf-trained actor, and we were so excited when we heard he was going to come on board.

Glamour: Your character, Kate, is such a free spirit. As much as she’s beloved by guys, she’s horrible at relationships. Why is that?
Olivia: She’s a little bit self-involved. She has an emotional tornado of her own going on in her heart and her brain, and it stops her from being an emotionally generous partner. The thing that makes Jake’s character love her as a friend is her kind of badass, low-maintenance self. That’s great in a buddy because she can dish it as well as she can take it. But that lack of sensitivity is what makes her not a great girlfriend for him.

Glamour: How are you like Kate, and how are you different from her?
Olivia: According to my friends, there’s a lot of similarities. I’m not quite as messy as Kate emotionally. I see Kate as a version of me that I could have become if things had gone differently in my life. She makes the same dumb jokes that I make, but she is just a little more reckless than I am. But I’ve had times in my life where I was reckless, and the times in my life that I was that reckless were also the times when I was just a little bit fractured in terms of my own relationships. I also [didn’t really know] what I wanted and [didn’t] have a huge amount of self-esteem. Kate is a fun person—she’s living life, she’s grabbing it by the balls, but she’s personally not fulfilling herself.

Glamour: Describe your costar Jake Johnson in three words.
Olivia: Hilarious. Loving. Professional. He’s so many more things than that. I really lucked out. I mean, what if I had gotten some douche-y actor who wanted creature comforts like a trailer or a script? It was so refreshing. I’ve been really lucky with costars, but we had to really trust each other.

Glamour: At one of the press screenings, the guys couldn’t stop talking about how gorgeous you are in this film, yet you’re not even wearing an ounce of makeup. Not fair, Wilde!
Olivia: Haha, I’m sorry! That’s really interesting. I think we can take that as a lesson because what they are responding to is her confidence and her vibe. I think I had a 1,000 breakouts because it was hot and sweaty in Chicago and we drank beer. I think it was a little concealer, and I tried to wash my hair once in a while.


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Olivia Wilde Perfects Playing Imperfections

In the new film Drinking Buddies, Olivia Wilde delivers the best performance of her career by painting a stunning portrait of a woman absentmindedly approaching an emotional precipice. A feat made all the more impressive once you learn that the entire film was improvised by Wilde and fellow actors, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston.

That’s the signature of writer/director Joe Swanberg and the biggest reason why Olivia accepted the role of Kate, a brewery manager who attempts to juggle feelings for boyfriend Chris (Livingston) and co-worker/drinking buddy Luke (Johnson) with little success.

I caught up with Wilde to talk about tackling this intimidating role, uncover her personal history with alcohol and find out what she makes of Josh Schwartz revealing where her character from The O.C. is today!

ETonline: What attracted you to Drinking Buddies?

Olivia Wilde: This was not a project that I did for the result, and it’s probably the only project I can say that about. I did this movie for the process. I didn’t think anyone would ever see this movie [laughs]. They approached me and I was honored they asked. I didn’t know much about Joe, I had seen Hannah Takes The Stairs and I appreciated that he embraced complex female characters, and heard that the process was really intense and fun. Like every other actor I’ve always wanted to work with Mike Leigh, but that’s a year of preparation. This was sort of the opposite way of approaching an improvised film: you show up and just jump off the cliff. I have to give credit to my lovely fiance [Jason Sudeikis] for telling me to do the film because I was on the fence about it. There was no script — that’s scary! He really pushed me to do it and I’m so grateful because I did love every part of making this movie!

ETonline: Jason knows a thing or two about improvisation. What was the best piece of advice he gave you?

Wilde: “Don’t try to be funny.” That’s an important thing. You feel a certain amount of pressure with improvisation to push so you keep people excited and interested and fill the space, but I think one of the most important parts of this movie is the silence. So relaxing and not pushing anything and not trying to make people laugh and just being. Kate is sort of like me in that she deals with awkwardness by making jokes. And that’s in there, but it was not intended to be a comedy beyond the fact it’s about the hilarious and tragic parts of life.

ETonline: Kate is very much an imperfect woman, which is an archetype Hollywood doesn’t seem very interested in centering movies around, while imperfect men are omnipresent. Why do you think that is?

Wilde: I think people are quick to assume that a woman who is emotionally unavailable is cold, whereas a man who is emotionally unavailable is damaged or brooding. I think the inability to embrace the female imperfection is a romantic concept because women are seen as nurturers, as wiser, as being somehow more evolved. But it’s so important for us not to lose touch with the fact that women are human and female characters should be as complex as their male counterparts. Joe seems to really understand that. The more characters we see like this, the more people will come to accept imperfect women.

ETonline: To you, what makes an ideal drinking buddy?

Wilde: A good sense of humor and an ability to hold your liquor. I can’t stand drunks. Keep it together people [laughs]. The real definition of a drinking buddy is someone you feel comfortable letting your guard down in front of and that’s a great quality in a friend. I think that’s what Kate and Luke have with each other — the ability to be completely themselves; messy, selfish, silly. But that’s precisely why they can’t be lovers.

ETonline: Of all the characters you’ve played, who would make the best drinking buddy?

Wilde: Thirteen on House was pretty cool. I spent the most time with her, but she’s also extremely intelligent yet doesn’t wear it on her sleeve. I think she likes to have a good time.

ETonline: Part of me thought you were going to say Brooke from Butter.

Wilde: I’d end up in Mexico with a face tattoo if I went drinking with Brooke! I don’t need that! I mean, maybe once in a lifetime. If you really want to shake things up, go drinking with Brooke.

ETonline: What’s your drink of choice?

Wilde: I like beer. So this [movie] was good for me. In the summer, I’m a gin and tonic girl. In the winter, I’m a scotch girl. I don’t get down with that whole vodka soda thing.

ETonline: Have you ever broken up with a liquor?

Wilde: Tequila and I had to take a break. It was amicable. But, yeah, we got in trouble together. It’s like that friend you hung out with in school who almost got you expelled. At a certain point you just have to say, “Maybe we shouldn’t hang out any more.”

ETonline: What was your first drink?

Wilde: My dad is Irish and we grew up going back and forth to Ireland, so it was a Guinness.

ETonline: Lastly, and totally off topic, it was recently the 10 year anniversary of The O.C. and Josh Schwartz did an interview where he revealed what all the characters were up to today, and he said Alex was dating Ryan!

Wilde: What? What! WHAT!?!

ETonline: Yeah, he said they ran into each other on a flight and are going on a date. Thoughts?

Wilde: That’s awesome. I can see that. I love how Ryan was the quiet confident dude who came from the wrong side of the tracks, and sorta suggested Alex did as well. They’re both totally independent spirits. I could see it working out!

ETonline: Who would wear the pants in that relationship?

Wilde: Oh, Alex does! Come on. She wears the pants … and the purple hair streaks and butterfly tattoo.


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Movie Fanatic Interview

Olivia Wilde and New Girl star Jake Johnson visit Movie Fanatic for an exclusive interview for their rom-com, Drinking Buddies. The “dark” rom-com features the Wilde and Johnson as workers at a brewery who strike up a friendship… but does each want more?

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Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson on ‘Drinking Buddies’

Former “House” actress Olivia Wilde and “New Girl” star Jake Johnson appear together in the upcoming film “Drinking Buddies” alongside “Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick and “Office Space” actor Ron Livingston.

The movie tells the story of Chicago craft brewery co-workers Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson) who are friends that occasionally flirt and would likely be perfect for each other, if they weren’t in other relationships.

Wilde and Johnson recently talked to George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OTRC.com’s parent company, about drinking beer during filming, Wilde serving as an executive producer and a warning they have for moviegoers who might see the film when it opens on Aug. 23.


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“The Late Show” Interview

You can watch the interview that Olivia Wilde did on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night below.

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Paper Interview

Amidst the hubbub surrounding the Met Ball and Frieze this week, New York’s 5 Beekman St. hosted its final fête before the beautiful, dilapidated late-nineteenth century building gets re-made into a luxury hotel. Eyewear brand Carrera hosted the last hurrah, celebrating their more than a half-century in business with a party whose guests included Olivia Wilde, Derek Blasberg and stylist Robert Verdi, among others. We caught up with Wilde about her favorite encounter at the Met Ball and which rap song is her go-to morning jam.

Nice shades. Are you one of those actresses that wears sunglasses inside or at night?

I’m not the person who rolls into a party with the shades on. Never been that girl. But I think one of the most embarrassing things about being a celebrity is wearing sunglasses at the airport.

So you do that?

Yeah and I feel like an idiot. But I also don’t want people taking pictures and being able to see how exhausted I am after a nine-hour flight. Sunglasses can be a barrier between you and a photographer and can make you feel a little bit safer and a little more private. I guess that’s why people do it.

Any highlights from the Met Ball?

I met Frank Ocean but he was wearing a ski mask so I didn’t get to enjoy [the interaction]. This man came up to me and was like, “Hello, you look beautiful.” And I was like, “You’re wearing a ski mask with a unicorn on it!” and “I don’t know who [you are]!” And then he walked away and I saw him roll it up and I was like, [screaming] “THAT’S FRANK OCEAN!”

What music are you listening to right now?

I’ve been listening to a ton of hip-hop. A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems” is my morning pump-up jam. I love that song because Hit Boy who made the beat for that and who’s made the beat for Kanye and Jay-Z’s “Clique,” he’s like 25 years old, lives in Brooklyn and is a genius so I’m really into him and everything he’s made. I’m still on my Kendrick Lamar kick. I heard four new Kanye songs at the Met Ball that I really liked.

Any big summer plans?

I’m working this summer. Actually, I’m hoping to travel to India. I want to go to Calcutta and New Delhi. In Calcutta, I want to visit this incredible girls’ school run by an organization called New Light. We are doing a fashion collaboration including this dress that I’m wearing. It’ll be available at Anthropologie in September and sales will raise money to support this school.

Did you help design the dress?

Yes. I’m starting a company called Conscious Commerce with my partner, Barbara Burchfield and we are pairing brands with NGOs — so small, locally-run organizations [paired] with bigger brands. We’re helping people incorporate consciousness with their commerce.


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Self Interview

Big news, you guys: The (stunning) Olivia Wilde will be co-hosting the 2013 EIF Revlon Run/Walk in New York City on May 4 — and we got some exclusive dish from her on why she’s participating, where she likes to work out and, of course, as a Revlon brand ambassador, what’s currently in her own beauty bag.

Although Wilde co-hosted last year’s event (the pic is of her at last year’s event) with fellow Revlon spokeswoman Emma Stone, the EIF Revlon Run/Walk is something she’s participated in before. “I found a pamphlet in a coffee shop when I was 19,” Wilde told us exclusively. “I ended up raising over $5,000. It was incredible to be part of such a strong movement,” Wilde says of the charitable 5K, which raises money to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs.

To date, the Run/Walks in New York and Los Angeles have raised over $68 million. “It’s so great to feel the pride of raising money for a worthy cause,” says Wilde. But as a true SELF staffer, I couldn’t help but ask her if she was training for the 3.1-mile distance. “Last year I just walked. I might try to run the second half for fun, if I can. For some people that’s their daily workout, but I’m not a great runner. ” Wilde added, “I may try to train a little bit by myself, but I believe it’s all mental. I just have to think like a runner!”

So if she’s not a runner, how does Wilde maintain her svelte figure? “I’m a cyclist,” she told us. And she loves to pump the pedals at NYC fave Soul Cycle, where she spins regularly. Wilde is also a big fan of the 2Fly class at Crunch near her home in New York. Inspired by the “Fly Girls” and the music of the early 90s, this dance class totally feels like a party. “It totally gets me pumped,” Wilde added of retro-inspired class.

And, of course, I couldn’t help but ask how she always looks flawless. It’s kind of not normal, right? “Partnering up with Revlon was natural,” Wilde told me. “They encourage confidence. And I love their mascaras — I never leave home without one.” We’re guessing on May 4, Wilde will be rocking a waterproof formula.


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