“Extra” Interview

“Extra’s” Renee Bargh chatted with Olivia Wilde about her upcoming role in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” and how being in love helps her stay in shape.

Wilde gushed over the engagement ring fiancé Jason Sudeikis gave to her at the beginning of January. “He did a good job.” She also thanked Bargh for saying how fit she looked. “It’s love.”

The actress, who plays a stagehand who wants to be a magician in “Burt Wonderstone,” said she loved magic as a child, and the film renewed that feeling. “I did learn how to make a dollar levitate.”

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” appears in theaters March 15.


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Olivia Wilde Dishes On The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Olivia Wilde chats with Access about why she loves taking on a comedic role in her new movie, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” Also, she tells Access how difficult it was to stifle her laughter while filming with co-stars Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.

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Moviefone Interview

When Moviefone stopped by the set of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” Olivia Wilde told us she was shocked to have landed a pivotal role in a comedy starring legendary funnymen Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, who play rival magicians, both of whom Wilde’s character ends up assisting.

When she sat down during a roundtable discussion to talk about her character, she was simply dressed, unlike her red and black “luchador” outfit from the film. The scene that was being shot that day is the one where Carell’s assistant quits suddenly and he recruits stagehand Wilde and forcibly shoves her into the sexy costume and out onto the stage for the first time.

No crazy costume for you?
Wilde: Oh, no, not today. Actually, yes today. In this scene I’m changing into an outrageous costume, so we see the transformation happen, which is kind of fun. But the good thing about this is that we all wear outrageous costumes and we all wear wigs. Usually that’s left to the women, but in this one men get to share the burden, which is great.

What’s you character Jane like?
She’s very smart and she’s confident, and yet she’s a secret magician. She doesn’t reveal that she’s a magician in her own right until very late in the game. She’s quietly brilliant on her best days [Laughs]. She’s a little bit crippled by insecurity.

What is it like improvising with Steve Carell?
I think the reason it’s really fun to improv with Steve is that he’s not playing a game of solitaire. He’s very giving, he’s very generous. He’s kind of lobbing you the ball. I think he’s a comedic genius who is really creating a fair playing field so that you have the chance to hit the ball back and have fun with it. It’s not like he’s trying to challenge you or dodge you, he’s actually trying to rally. I’m using all these tennis metaphors! I don’t play tennis! I just think that he makes it fun and all you have to do is listen and react and never say, “Yes, and…” You just go back to your basic training in improv. It’s been really interesting for me to learn from all the different types of comedians in this movie. Steve Carell is so different than someone like Jim Carrey. To get the experience of improv-ing with both of them has been really tremendous for me. I’m just floored every day. I just can’t believe I’m here.

What’s it like working with Jim Carrey?
He’s wonderful! It’s sort of surreal to be eating lunch next to Jim Carrey and then go shoot a scene with him. He’s a comedy god; all of these guys are. But really, Jim Carrey, I grew up watching him. “Ace Ventura” blew my mind. To be with him and witness the process is such an extraordinary thing. I mean, he is a perfectionist. He is so incredibly physical, and in control of his physical comedy. It’s like watching a dancer. It’s amazing. He’s always at 100 percent. I think I’ve seen “Dumb and Dumber” 47 times at least. Now to be able to watch what it takes to reach those heights with all these people… Comedy is fun to make, but it’s taken as seriously as drama. I’m learning that in a really wonderful way and I’m hoping that this isn’t the last time that I get to do that.

How did you get involved with this movie?
I read the script a while ago and really loved it. I was really interested, not only because of the cast, which is obviously extraordinary and contains many of my idols. I thought it was a great role for me. It was something I hadn’t done before. I went after it, I auditioned, I was up against some real heavy hitters and I was totally shocked when I got the role, because it’s a comedic role and I was going up against some real comedians. I sort of thought I didn’t have a chance in hell, but it was so fun to just audition for it I just thought I’d go for it and take a chance.

Were you a fan of magic when you were a kid?
Yeah, in fact all my birthday parties had a magician. I loved it. I had the magic set. I just got the latest version and it hasn’t changed since we all were kids. It’s the balls, the cup, the string, the knot trick. It’s all the same, which leads me to believe that enthusiasm for the simplicity of magic and the wonderment still exists as much as it did even with the Internet and all these new distractions. I think the enthusiasm for it is something people of all different ages can appreciate, which is why I think this movie will work, and because it’s hilarious. I mean I can’t believe a movie hasn’t been made – a comedy, I should say, hasn’t been made – about Vegas magicians. I thought the concept was really out there, but then we went to Vegas and we realized this is really a documentary.


Olivia Wilde Talks About Her Engagement to Jason Sudeikis

Long before Jason Sudeikis popped the question, Olivia Wilde knew he was The One. “Oh, how could I not know?” the actress told Us Weekly at the Bulgari Serpenti party in New York City Feb. 9.

The Revlon spokeswoman, who recently wrapped production on The Third Person in Rome, admitted she hasn’t had much time to plan their wedding. “I still have no clue,” Wilde said.

Sudeikis, 37, proposed to Wilde, 28, in the first week of January. “He finally found the one that made him want to commit,” a source told Us at the time. “Everyone is happy for them.”

In the February issue of GQ, Sudeikis gave readers tips for landing a woman like Wilde. “First off, when she’s speaking, keep your eyes open. Also say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ — that was very helpful,” the Saturday Night Live standout advised. “And most important: Just mean what you say and say what you mean.”

Sudeikis also riffed off a joke Wilde made about “[having] sex like Kenyan marathon runners” during a monologue in October 2012. “To be honest, she was misquoted. If there’s any legitimacy in entertainment journalism, I’d be remiss if I didn’t correct it: The actual quote was, ‘We f-ck like Kenyan marathon runners,” Sudeikis quipped. “Things get lost in the translation. But everything after, from the word sex on, is accurate. When we’re both done, we tear through a little piece of tape. And you gotta put Band-Aids on your nipples, otherwise you’re really raw.”

This will be the second marriage for both Wilde and Sudeikis, who began dating more than a year ago. In 2011, Wilde divorced filmmaker and Italian prince Tao Ruspoli after eight years of marriage. Sudeikis split with 30 Rock and Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon in 2010 following a six-years union.


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Interview With Olivia Wilde About Her Hair Colour

Olivia Wilde has an addiction . . . to changing her hair colour. From jet black to bright blonde, she has just about tried it all, which makes her the ideal fit as a Revlon hair colour spokeswoman. Her experimentation actually started as a pre-teen when she embraced punk style to its fullest. “When I was 12, I started working my way through the Manic Panic line. I went through purple, green, and I really liked blue,” she says. “I remember at one point I wanted to do a sunset. So, I wanted orange into red, which is hard to do crouching over your sink.”

While Olivia has stayed away from the primary colours as of late, she hasn’t lost her love of experimentation. Even her fiancé, Jason Sudeikis, takes note of her sporadic changes. “I really don’t go more than a month with the same hair colour,” she says. “So he’ll tease me and say, ‘Honey, it’s been a week, are you sure you don’t want to change your hair?'”

However, Olivia admits that one of the perks of her colour updates is the makeup. “One of the fun things about changing your hair is getting to try out all these different colours. I think if you’re a darker brunette, learning to contour is really helpful, and with eye makeup you can be a little bit more bold. And with really blonde hair I think [it’s best to] use way less makeup.”

No matter the hair colour, though, Olivia always leans on her makeup staples: a winged cat-eye and a handy brow pencil. “I plucked off all my eyebrows because I wanted to be Kate Moss. She had the perfect wisps of eyebrows,” Olivia explains. “But what you forget when you’re looking at your beauty icon is that they have a completely different face than you.”

Her time with the tweezers may be counted among her beauty blunders, but all in all Olivia embraces the trial and errors of life. “If I ever had a daughter I would tell her to make every mistake; go for it,” Olivia says.


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Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam on Their ‘Deadfall’ Characters

Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam introduce us to their characters in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s thriller Deadfall. Olivia describes her character Liza as “A little more broken” than anyone else she has ever played. Charlie also shares what it was like to be part of an all-star cast along with Kris Kristofferson, Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde.

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Olivia Wilde: I Was Told Actresses Should Never Audition in Short Skirts

Before she became an A-list actress, Olivia Wilde had a tough time learning the tricks of the trade.

The 28-year-old opened up about her days as a “terrible assistant” for “the world’s greatest” and “most powerful” casting director,” Mali Finn, during Marie Claire’s “The Power of Presence event in New York City Nov. 14.

“I had just come from school, and I was a little feminist and she was, too. I remember an actress coming in wearing a too-short dress. And after she left, Mali said, ‘Why was she wearing that dress? She’s a joke, I’m not meeting with her ever again,'” Wilde said (via Buzzfeed). “And this girl was never heard from again.”

The Butter star continued, “A few days later, I was going for an audition and I was wearing this huge cashmere turtleneck and pants, thinking I looked very ‘executive.’ As I was walking out of the office, Mali said, ‘Olivia, what are you wearing? I said I was going to a meeting, and she said, ‘Oh! You can’t wear that! You have to wear something tight and sexy.'”

Wilde said she felt “so confused” by her boss’ contradictory advice. “I had just learned this lesson of this actress who wore the short skirt and now her career is over. So she said, ‘You’re going to meet a male executive. You have to learn this game, you have to learn when to use sexuality and beauty and appearance in general, and when it’s inappropriate.'”

According to Wilde — who is currently dating Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis — the experience was her “first kind of dunk into the world of Hollywood. It gives you this idea of the contradiction that exists, really in all fields.”


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Olivia Wilde strips down in ‘Butter’

Learning to pole dance was something of a bumpy grind for Olivia Wilde.

She had less than two days to master the moves of a brassy, bawdy performer in Butter. But Wilde sashayed with aplomb, with the help of an instructor who specialized in striptease workouts.

“I was stuck in Austria under the volcanic ash cloud and I couldn’t get to Louisiana in time. I got there and they flew a trainer in from S Factor and she taught me at an actual strip club, called Action Central, and got me to the point where they offered me a job there. So if all else fails, you can find me at Action Central,” says Wilde, 28.

From the time she first read the script, Wilde was hot to play Brooke, a BMX-riding exotic dancer who sets out to stymie the butter-carving dreams of a very ambitious small-town bully (Jennifer Garner) in the comedy, opening Friday.

“I thought she was so funny. She made me laugh the hardest when I read it. And I hadn’t played anything like her. She’s an unusual and brassy and witty character. She rides her BMX in her stripper heels, which by the way isn’t easy,” says Wilde.

Director Jim Field Smith cast Wilde because she embodied everything he required to humanize Brooke. “We needed someone who looked right, obviously, but wasn’t self-conscious about how she looked and could be sexy but also kind of dirty and skanky,” says director Smith. “We needed someone who was really funny but also sympathetic. I described her as my hand grenade. There she goes, to blow up a scene.”

Butter aside, Wilde has indeed been blowing up. She’s wrapped the Formula 1 biopic Rush for director Ron Howard, the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opposite Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, and the sci-fi romance Her, with Joaquin Phoenix, for Spike Jonze. “I now have the luxury of being choosier and choosier. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t have to work all the time. I’m able to do things that don’t need to be blockbuster,” she says. “I’m able to help movies get made, which is really exciting. I’m really picky now and it’s only because there’s no reason not to be. I don’t regret anything I’ve done because I’ve learned something from each experience.”

Best of all, says Wilde, she now has time to have a life. The actress recently relocated from Los Angeles to Manhattan, where she lives downtown with her comedian boyfriend Jason Sudeikis and her rescue mutt Paco. “I’ve been decorating our new apartment. That’s a lot of what I do, too. I’m so domestic. We have a cool new electronic drum kit. It’s a good life. For years, I worked constantly. I was doing the show and doing movies on the weekends,” she says, referring to her breakout role on the Fox medical drama House.

Acting aside, Wilde is active with Artists for Peace and Justice, an organization providing education and health services in Haiti, and also filmed the PBS doc Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which spotlights global activists. It’s the product of her upbringing — Wilde’s parents are both investigative journalists and she grew up surrounded by such movers and shakers as author Christopher Hitchens (who babysat her) and diplomat Richard Holbrooke.

“She’s quite sensible and very charitable and very intelligent and comes from this journalistic background. She’s well-traveled and well-educated. You forget how young she is,” says Smith.

Since moving east, Wilde has become the consummate New Yorker. During a morning off, she went to the Guggenheim to see a retrospective of Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. She rides the subway, armed with books and her headphones. At night, she and Sudeikis see theater or live shows. The two have an electronic drum kit in their apartment and spend evenings “nerding out” with fellow actors. And yes, she’d love to work with him, on the right project.

“We talk about it all the time. We’re constantly doing bits together. One day someone will turn a camera on that. It would be a good movie,” smiles Wilde.

And while kids aren’t in her immediate future, Wilde can envision herself starting a family and modeling herself after her mother, who produced segments for 60 Minutes and Frontline. “Yes, yes, absolutely. I think it would be great. My mom was a great example of having a professional life and having a kid. It can be done. No one is saying it’s easy. But I’m totally inspired by the idea of being a badass working professional mom. I’m so into my dog. I can’t imagine how I will smother my child,” she says with a laugh.


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Olivia Wilde on Boyfriend Jason Sudeikis: “He Keeps Me Laughing”

In the outrageous new comedy Butter (in theaters Oct. 5), Olivia Wilde delivers big laughs as a tattooed stripper with dirty dance moves and an even dirtier mouth. So after witnessing her first attempt at comedy, iVillage had to ask the actress who’s funnier: she or her boyfriend, Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis?

“He is!” replied Wilde, who started dating Sudeikis in December. “He keeps me laughing…Funny guys are always the best, and I think it works on all us girls.”

The 28-year-old actress also dished to iVillage about how her trainer helped her perfect her stripper routine. “She tried to teach me things at the local strip club,” she recalls. “And then I hung out with the real strippers there, and they were all so sweet. I’m really genuinely impressed by their skills.”