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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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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Olivia Wilde plays 1970s supermodel in “Rush”

Olivia Wilde is back on the big screen after starring in the comedy “Drinking Buddies.” This time, she’s part of the Ron Howard film “Rush,” playing a 1970s supermodel.

“I love the ’70s, and I’ve always loved the ’70s – the music, the fashion. I’m inspired by it. I think I would’ve done well then,” said Wilde.

In “Rush,” Wilde plays supermodel Suzy Miller, who would one day marry actor Richard Burton. But before Burton, she had a relationship with Formula One star James Hunt, and that relationship is part of “Rush.”

“I did a lot of background research. I did as much as I could about Suzy and James,” said Wilde. “And it was fun because they were a really interesting couple. They were exciting. They were sort of like Johnny Depp and Kate Moss. They fill bathtubs full of champagne and go crazy in it?”

“There was something so wild about them, and yet they got married which was this incredibly insane, kind of optimistic thing to do. It was short-lived but powerful,” said Wilde.

Death is definitely a possibility in the racing world, and in this movie, you see the danger spinning all over the track.

“I didn’t know anything about racing before,” said Wilde. “That’s the thing, Americans don’t know a lot about Formula One. We don’t have to. We understand when we see it on film.”

“Rush” is based on a true story of the intense rivalry between two famous Formula One drivers: James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

“I liken it to, as far as sports rivalries go, Magic [Johnson] and [Larry] Bird – two people whose rivalry drove them to greatness, and that made a lot of sense to me,” said Wilde. “Watching it, I think, allows you to understand that’s kind of a universal experience for people who are at the top of their game.”

“Rush” is rated R and is in limited release this weekend.

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Olivia Wilde on ’70s Fashion in “Rush”

“Extra’s” Ben Lyons caught up with Olivia Wilde at the Toronto Film Festival to talk about her upcoming 1970s racing flick “Rush,” in which her character wore cool ‘70s fashion.

Watch our interview, plus find out what kind of wedding she’s planning with fiancé Jason Sudeikis!

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HeyUGuys Interview

Really proving to be a safe bet in Hollywood, Olivia Wilde is turning up in a host of films, all so different to the last – showing off her ability to adapt to several different projects and genres. In her latest flick, Ron Howard’s Rush – she plays Suzy Miller – the formidable wife of playboy James Hunt, and we had the opportunity to discuss the role with her.

The film – which depicts the intense rivalry between Formula 1 racers Niki Lauda and James Rush – sees Wilde trying out her English accent, and we discussed that with the actress. She also tells which of the two conflicting personalities between the racers she’d be more attracted to, whether she has ever met the real life Suzy Miller – and discusses her working relationship with fiancé Jason Sudeikis.

How did you get involved in Rush?
When I heard Ron was making the film, I went to meet with him at his office in LA. We knew each other a bit from Cowboys & Aliens, which he produced. I thought the film sounded incredible. I didn’t know of the actual people – I didn’t know of James or Nikki – but I know that the story just sounded like and emotional, beautiful love story, He described the role of Suzy to me and I thought that she sounded incredible. I mean, here was James Hunt’s match, and that’s what we wanted to create. So once I was on board we just worked on that – on making her the most formidable opponent for James other than Nikki. Ron was just a wonderful director of course and wanted so much so much to put energy and focus into the female characters as well, which is not typical – I think other directors would have taken on this same project and just focused on the boys and on the racing. But Peter [Morgan] and Ron really cared a lot about making it clear that these guys were going through a lot in their personal lives as they were fighting each other.

Good work on the British accent, by the way…
Oh god, thank-you! My dad’s British, so I had no excuse not to at least give it a good try.

Can you still do it?
I won’t do it right now! [Laughs] Chris was also, of course, doing an accent, so we had a dialect coach. I think because we were both working on it and focussing on it that we kind of inspired each other to do a better job at it, you know. It was just so fun to inhabit this world – like not only to be British, but to be British in the 70s, and these particular people. It was just a lot of fun – it didn’t feel like work, it felt like just a lot of fun.

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