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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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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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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Olivia Wilde’s RYOT Blends News and Activism

With stories of natural disasters, acts of violence, and political corruption flooding news outlets every day, it’s easy to think that society is falling apart. In fact, cultural theorist George Gerbner coined the term “mean world syndrome” to describe the phenomenon of people perceiving the world as more violent and dangerous than it really is because of the news. While many people simply sit back and shake their heads when they read about these events, actress and political activist Olivia Wilde thinks people should be doing something about them.

The 29-year-old “TRON” and “House M.D.” star founded RYOT.org to help readers get involved in the news. Wilde, the daughter of two journalists, launched her cutting-edge news outlet with the intention of providing both information on important global stories and causes, and the means to contribute directly to helping them.

“RYOT is a chance for people to read the news and then participate in it, to approach news actively instead of passively,” said Wilde in an AOL “Acting Disruptive” video. “We create ways that you can immediately participate in some way to help the situation.”

According to the RYOT website’s About page, the name RYOT is not an acronym, but comes from the Hindi word for “peasant,” an untouchable person without a voice, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” The philosophy behind the organization is that anyone can make an impact, no matter who they are, through productive, organized effort rather than succumbing to chaos.

Wilde told AOL host Max Lugavere that RYOT allows readers to understand their responsibility as citizens. An “action” box accompanies each article published on the site, giving anyone the opportunity to make a positive impact on the issue at hand. Some stories link to donation pages, while others allow readers to sign a petition or simply share the article on social media to raise awareness. Wilde believes that this new model of journalism will particularly appeal to millennials.

“I think you see a lot of people of our generation finding interesting ways of approaching the world of philanthropy,” she said. “Technology has changed the way we approach entertainment in all ways. It’s become much more interactive. It was only a matter of time before the news did the same.”

Learn more about RYOT, Wilde’s recent trip to Senegal to work with health care agencies and her insights into social responsibility in this edition of “Acting Disruptive.”


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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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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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