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When Olivia Wilde answers a question, she doesn’t beat around the bush. Unlike other actresses, a conversation with her feels like you’re having an actual conversation instead of one where the subject has been carefully trained to say the same sound bites over and over again. As the 29-year-old star explained to us at the Toronto Film Festival, “I am just very much myself” when talking to journalists.
In her newest film, “Rush,” which premiered at TIFF last week, Wilde plays Suzy Miller, a model who was married to Formula One racecar driver James Hunt. The movie is based on the true story of Hunt and his rivalry with fellow driver Nikki Lauda. Despite Hunt’s on-track accomplishments, it was his lifestyle out of the driver’s seat that earned him the biggest headlines. While he certainly didn’t hide his partying ways, it did a number on his marriage with Miller, who would eventually leave Hunt for legendary actor Richard Burton.
Wilde sat down with Moviefone to talk about playing the elusive Miller, her thoughts on turning 30, and why she’s so open with the press. Oh, and she’s really not a fan of plastic surgery for young women (keep reading; she’ll explain).
Moviefone: It must be tough acting alongside Chris Hemsworth. How do you concentrate without looking into his dreamy blue eyes?
Olivia Wilde: I know! Well, luckily my character was looking into his dreamy blue eyes so I had an excuse. But he’s fantastic. He’s such a sweet person. He’s just a nice guy, really hardworking, and really grateful of everything he has. He was embodying James Hunt. He worked very hard to get the role and he was completely committed. It’s always nice when another actor is upping their game. It makes you want to up your game. It’s like OK, let’s play ball. And we were both working in accent and doing a period piece and playing real people; there’s a lot of pressure. But because he was totally committed it helped me be the same.
The film premiered in England a few days ago. I assume it’s pretty nervewracking watching yourself attempt that accent in front a room full of Brits.
Yeah, I was nervous before. I was like, What if I hear everyone laughing at my accent? I don’t know, every actor worries that when they do an accent people will scoff. And yet, they were very kind, which made me happy. I got lucky. It helps that my dad has an English accent. I also knew when filming, I was very conscious of wanting it to be perfect. And the crew gave me the thumbs up — we shot in England, so it was helpful.
Did you meet Suzy Miller?
I didn’t meet her, no. She’s sort of elusive. She approved of the film — she gave us her blessing — but it might have been difficult for her to be around it.
Yeah, it seems tough to find information about her, other than she was married to James Hunt and Richard Burton.
She’s kind of an enigma. It’s interesting because she was in the limelight quite a lot but you can’t really find a lot. I had this theory, which is baseless [Laughs]: Maybe [Richard] Burton helped her get rid of a lot of stuff that was available. Like, at that time people were doing that — killing stories, getting rid of existing photographs and things like that.
Yeah, celebrities were able to do that then.
Because they weren’t on the Internet! They weren’t everywhere at once. You could just get negatives. So I wonder if there was some sort of deal made, because it’s difficult to find a lot about her.
It’s interesting to think there was a time you could do that.
It’s like remembering a time when there was fact-checking [Laughs].
But I feel like you personally have a pretty good relationship with the media. You’re pretty open about discussing anything.
I think so. I think being raised by journalists gives me a little bit of insight into what it’s like to interview people. But I don’t have an automatic defense mechanism. I sort of give them the benefit of the doubt and hope they do the same for me. But so far, I think the terrifying thing about it is that it can all shift. If someone decides that they can make you a villain or a victim, that can be done in an artificial way. It’s such a strange thing. So I think I have been lucky. I am very much just myself. But you never know. In a way we’re all cast members of a soap opera.
So I recently read your column where you gave advice for turning 30 years old.
While it was definitely directed more towards women…
[Laughs] It was. But guys can get something out of it.
Well, I was going to say, the one thing I thought was really good advice for anyone under 30 was to not freak out about the great things that other people have done prior to that age — just concentrate on yourself.
Yes, yes. Because that is the first thing that occurs to you. [Thirty] is a milestone that you’d always imagined you’d crossed with a lot of accomplishments under your belt. And no matter what you’d done, you’re still going to expect that you would have done more. But there’s people like Albert Einstein and Emily Bronte and Orson Welles. There’s just an incredible list of people who have accomplished a lot.
Do you still find yourself having to keep that emotion in check, not wanting to look at other people’s accomplishments before they were 30?
Yeah, I think I sort of went through that. In your late twenties, you sort of think, What am I going to have accomplished by the time I am 30? You feel like you should be doing something that’s going to change the world — something so profound. And aside from discovering the theory of relativity, what do I expect from me? [Laughs] What can I possibly do? So that’s why I put that in there. I just focus on being a good person, and personally, that’s been helpful. But yeah, I check in and remind myself of that.
The second piece of advice on there that I thought was interesting was about not getting plastic surgery at a young age. I feel like a lot of actresses don’t openly talk about that.
Yeah! Because I don’t think they want to be judgmental of friends. They don’t want to say “You’ve done something wrong.” People understand that the pressures are immense. I think it feels presumptuous of young actors to say, “Why would you ever do that?” And then, who knows, when you get to 50 you might feel so overwhelmed that you need to do this because you’ve changed dramatically and the public expects you to look one way.
So I think that’s why people keep quiet about that. I wrote it because I am sort of tired of being quiet about it because I am just so sad about how much younger people are when they start getting surgeries now. I just see people every day with weird little Barbie noses and plumped-up lips. It makes me sad because you’re not even giving yourself a chance to see what you look like when you’re older! I feel like everyone gets better looking.
I also think there’s a pressure in Hollywood, particularly among actresses, that once you become older that people don’t want you as much because you’ve aged.
And that’s silly. I mean, I have the most respect of people who have taught us what actual beauty looks like at an older age. Like Vanessa Redgrave. Vanessa Redgrave is still stunningly beautiful and has had no work done and looks like a woman in her 70s should look. But there are very few people who allow us to even see that, because they’ve all been altered. I mean, I don’t want to be a hater, I am not a hater. Just love yourself.
Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde drove into the Variety Studio on Saturday to discuss their Formula One pic “Rush,” which premieres Sunday night at the Toronto Film Festival.
“I likened it to Magic Johnson and Larry Bird,” Wilde said of Ron Howard’s new racing feature. “They were rivals who needed each other to achieve greatness.”
Based on the the true story of legendary Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt during the 1970s, “Rush” was a smooth operation from day 1, according to the actors, thanks to near flawless script from Peter Morgan.
“I was shooting ‘The Avengers’ at the time I read the script,” Hemsworth recalled. “And the idea of working with Ron (Howard) and a film that was written by Peter Morgan was a no-brainer.”
Morgan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Queen,” began writing the story of Lauda, a friend of his wife’s, on spec some years ago, intrigued by the driver’s courageous story.
“The dialogue was so sharp,” Wilde boasted of Morgan’s script. “I don’t think people expect from a film about sports, about athletes competing, that you’re going to have such sharp dialogue.”
“(Plus) it was nice to be on a movie which wasn’t being written while we were shooting–there’s a lot movies like that where at lunch they’re like ‘change the ending!’” she laughed.
The only real change, Wilde said, was that Russell Crowe was originally supposed to play billionaire Richard Burton in the film but that scene was eventually cut from the final draft.
“It was such a team effort,” Hemsworth said of independently financed film, applauding Howard for creating an environment where the actors felt free enough to make “the magic” happen, while also championing cinematographer Dod Mantle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), who next reunite with Hemsworth, Howard and Morgan again on their next project “Into the Heart of the Sea” for Warner Bros.
“We’re getting the whole team back together,” he said with a grin.
“Rush,” produced by Working Title Films and Imagine Entertainment, opens nationwide Sept. 27.
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Olivia Wilde and Emma Stone are the new faces of Revlon and Access was with them behind the scenes at their photo shoot where the playful pair quickly bonded.
Olivia Wilde, star of the new comedy Drinking Buddies, loves good IPAs and deep-fried PB&Js.
You recently Tweeted about eating a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich: “Never in my life has my stomach orgasmed so mightily.” Where did you encounter such a thing?
Yeah, I didn’t know that existed, and now I’m ruined. I’m gonna turn into Marlon Brando. I had it at the Malibu Inn, which is a great music venue and bar right on the Pacific Coast Highway. My fiancé ordered the deep-fried PB&J—they use waffle batter, so it’s not too bready. The way the peanut butter and jelly melt together is far better than I could have imagined. It’s pretty much the ultimate stoner food.
Your character in Drinking Buddies works at a brewery and constantly drinks beer—usually stout. What did you actually drink during production?
It was always real beer. I drank gallons of beer for this movie! We were getting a lot of it from Revolution Brewing, where our characters work in the movie, which is a real brewery in Chicago. Even though I’m Irish and I love Guinness, dark, dark, dark beers aren’t usually my thing. I like a good, aromatic IPA.
Did you have a decent knowledge of beer before doing the movie?
It was all acquired in the process. On the first day, we were doing research at Three Floyds Brewing Company, and the wort—this boiling, thick, serum-y liquid—splashed into my eyeball. It did not feel good, but I wanted to play it cool and be tough, you know, because I didn’t want to be a sissy. So I kept it together. Now I have become a total beer snob. I’m the annoying person who takes forever in the beer aisle at Whole Foods, because I’m standing there going, “Hmm. I’m not sure. I’m not sure if that’s a good selection. Do you have anything in the back? Is this local? I’ve never heard of this one. How hoppy is this?” And other people are just like, “Please, move on.”
How about wine?
Oh yeah, I’m a wino. I won’t say there’s one grape I like best, though, because I do like blends. Do you know The Prisoner? That’s a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. That’s just a fabulous wine. But my favorite wine of all time is a Napa Valley Cabernet called Scarecrow. It’s mailing-list only, so it’s hard to find, but if you ever see a bottle of Scarecrow, get it.
You mostly live in New York City these days. Any favorite restaurants?
I have recently fallen in love with an Italian restaurant downtown called Carbone. I’ve always found sea urchin to be too fishy, but at Carbone, they serve a sea urchin dish that is incredible. It’s just garlicky and buttery and amazing. They also make the best linguine vongole I’ve ever had.
You’ve spoken about “self-medicating” with food during tough times. What are your comfort foods of choice?
For me, my number one comfort food—the food that really feels like a hug on the inside—is pasta. Probably a fresh linguine with arrabbiata sauce would be my top pick. Maybe I’d have some bread on the side, with some cheese or olive oil, too. I guess I crave the basic, carby things that we’re not supposed to eat.
When I was in Japan a little while ago, I picked up the idea of having miso soup for breakfast, which I think is genius. When you wake up at 5 a.m. and you feel cold and nauseous, it fills you up and warms you up, and it’s loaded with nutrients.
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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