PEOPLE – When it comes to raising her young children — Daisy Josephine, 18 months, and Otis Alexander, 4 on Friday — with Jason Sudeikis, mother of two Olivia Wilde says she’s not forcing them into anything.
The Booksmart director and Chief Brand Activist for True Botanicals tells PEOPLE for this year’s The Beautiful Issue that she finds it intriguing how kids have no judgment over gender-specific activities or colors, and wants to keep it that way for as long as she can.
“[Otis] loves Moana, obviously, and when he thinks about Moana, he thinks of himself as Moana,” says Wilde. “I love hearing him sing … it’s the best when you can watch them singing in the backseat of your car, and he’s just like, ‘I wish I could be the perfect daughter!’ And he’s just belting it out.”
She continues, “That’s so great because at a certain age he’s going to be like, ‘Well, I can’t, that’s … ‘ you know, and he still doesn’t judge things like pink, or dance or gymnastics. These aren’t things that are gender-specific yet.”
“I don’t know why at a certain point we tell them that’s for boys and that’s for girls, but I’m going to do my best to not force that delineation,” the actress declares.
W MAGAZINE – Google actress Olivia Wilde’s name and you’ll find an impressive reel that includes credits like Her and Vinyl, which is, of course, not surprising. What may be surprising, however, is that Wilde quietly teamed up with eco-beauty brand True Botanicals earlier this summer. “I feel lucky to be their chief brand activist, because I have the chance to introduce people to a safer way to feel beautiful,” says Wilde. Here, she sounds off on adventures at Whole Foods, set life on the show House, and which products she trusts for her ethereal glow.
Was motherhood the big wake up call in cleaning up your beauty routine?
Yes, absolutely. We often don’t consider what we’re putting on our skin until we’re responsible for growing another human. Why can’t we be that thoughtful on behalf of just ourselves? I was struck by how serious the warnings were about the dangers of skincare while pregnant. Why is it okay to expose ourselves to such harmful chemicals at any point in our lives?
How did you find out about the lack of regulation in the beauty industry?
I was not aware of the complete and utter lack of regulation in the American beauty industry until I met Hillary [Peterson] and Christina [Mace-Peterson] from True Botanicals. I knew the US was behind in terms of regulation, but I was not aware of just how far behind. The EU has banned more than 1300 ingredients. The US has banned 20. It is beyond shocking. It’s sad.
Please welcome Professor Olivia Wilde to the class.
The actress treated students in a Made in NY production-assistants training program to what might be the best April Fools’ Day “prank” ever.
As part of WhoSay and Chevrolet’s #BestDayEver campaign, celebs including Alec Baldwin, Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed and Norman Reedus surprised students in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.
Wilde shared stories from her personal journey in the movie business, including her unglamorous start as a production assistant.
“There is no worse PA than me. I was the worst,” Wilde told the class. “I mean, one of my only jobs was to get lunch, and I would screw that up every day.”
“Then I learned a really important lesson: as long as you get the boss’s lunch right, no one else matters,” she continued. “So, I would get one lunch correct, and everyone else’s order I would sort of not quite get it down.”
The new mom also recalled meeting her future costars – with coffee in hand.
“I was the one with the clipboard, I was the one getting coffee,” she said. “It’s funny because now I’ve worked with a lot of actors who I brought coffee to, and you can always judge someone’s character by how they treated you when you were a PA.”
Wilde went on to discuss why starting out as a PA makes a person a better overall contributor on set.
“Anyone who didn’t start from the ground up and didn’t understand what it takes to make a production work, isn’t going to be that great at their job,” she said. “And they certainly are not going to truly respect every person and every part of the process.”
So why did the star decide to return to the classroom?
“I agreed to do it because I thought it was a great concept,” Wilde told PEOPLE. “I really love creative advertising, and I think when a big company like Chevy decided to take this approach and create a special experience for people, not only do I think that’s smart advertising but I just admire it as a way to give back.”
“Sometimes we forget the value of just making one person’s day,” she continued. “I thought this was a chance to maybe give a handful of people a special moment. And actually what it turned out being is a special day for me.”
The students agreed it was definitely a day made.
“I was shocked! She peeked her head in the door and I was like ‘Okay, she’s really here, let me keep my composure,'” one student told PEOPLE. “It was the best April Fools’ prank – this is really huge!”
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HBO is staying in business with Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter.
The premium cable network has picked up to series the Boardwalk Empire duo’s rock ‘n’ roll drama that’s also exec produced by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Breaking Bad’s George Mastras, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The 1970s drama — which remains untitled — explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.
Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie) stars as Richie, the founder and president of American Century Records, who has a great ear for discovering talent and who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. Olivia Wilde stars as Richie’s wife, with Parenthood’s Ray Romano set as one of Richie’s partners. The cast also includes Juno Temple, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, James Jagger, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Sorenson, P.J. Byrne, J.C.MacKenzie, Bo Dietel, Armen Gary, Robert Funaro and Joe Caniano.
Scorsese directed the pilot and executive produces alongside Jagger, Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Mastras. Winter is set as showrunner and penned the script with Mastras. A premiere date has not yet been determined.
For HBO, the rock drama continues the premium cabler’s relationship with Scorsese and Winter following the conclusion earlier this year of Boardwalk Empire. The drama, which was first put into development in 2011, becomes HBO’s latest series offering as it bulks up on hourlong fare following the end of staples True Blood, Boardwalk and The Newsroom. Last month, HBO added its Westworld adaptation to its series roster, picking up the drama with an all-star cast anchored by Anthony Hopkins in his first series-regular role.
The rock drama joins a roster of originals that also includes Game of Thrones, anthology True Detective, The Leftovers and upcoming Utopia.
HBO’s rock drama comes as scripted musical fare continues to be in demand at both broadcast and cable networks. Fox will launch Empire, a hip-hop drama starring Terrence Howard, in January, with ABC also poised to bow its musical fairy tale comedy Galavant during the same frame. ABC’s country drama Nashville is in its third season and Fox has the final season of Glee due in 2015. For its part, Starz on Monday put Storyville, a period jazz drama produced by Tony winner George C. Wolfe, into development.