Olivia Wilde was born in New York City on March 10, 1984, as Olivia Jane Cockburn. Her mother, Leslie Cockburn, is a journalist and producer for “60 Minutes,” and her father, Andrew, is also a journalist. Olivia’s paternal grandpa is the British author Claud Cockburn, and she has two siblings, Chloe, who is elder, and Charlie, who is younger.
In Washington, D.C., where she grew up, she attended Georgetown Day School. She attended high school at Phillips Academy. Olivia changed her last name in high school, taking inspiration from the novelist Oscar Wilde.
She graduated from high school in 2002, and despite being admitted to Bard College in New York, she repeatedly deferred enrollment to focus on acting. Wilde later attended the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin.
Olivia married Tao Ruspoli, the son of Prince Alessandro Ruspoli, on January 16, 2003, when she was 19 years old. The ceremony took held aboard a school bus in Washington, Virginia, with only two witnesses because it was intended to remain a secret. In September 2011, Olivia and Tao split up. Two months later, she began dating “Saturday Night Live” star Jason Sudeikis.
Early in 2013, the couple announced their engagement; they welcomed son Otis on April 20, 2014, and daughter Daisy on October 11, 2016. Wilde and Sudeikis parted ways after 2020.
There has been widespread conjecture that Olivia’s affair with Harry Styles, who was appearing in the film she was directing at the time, “Don’t Worry, Darling,” led to their separation. Olivia and Harry did establish an open relationship afterward.
Olivia is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, and she has at various times in her life been a pescatarian, vegan, and vegetarian. Wilde was voted the year’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity by PETA.
Wilde campaigned for Barack Obama and served on the advisory council for 18, a youth voter organization, in 2008. She has supported the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Campaign for Fair Food as well as Planned Parenthood and Time’s Up, and she has appeared in PSAs for 18, World Down Syndrome Day, and Gucci’s “Chime for Change” campaign.
Olivia has served on the boards of the Southern California American Civil Liberties Union and Artists for Peace and Justice, and she participated in the 2017 and 2018 Women’s March.
Olivia made her television debut on the Fox series “Skin” in 2003, starring as Jewel Goldman in six episodes. The following year, she appeared in the film “The Girl Next Door” and began a 13-episode run as Alex Kelly on the Fox adolescent drama “The O.C.” Wilde then appeared in the films “Conversations with Other Women” (2005), “Alpha Dog” (2006), “Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas” (2006), and “Turistas” (2006), and in 2007, she starred in the film “The Death and Life of Bobby Z,” the NBC drama “The Black Donnellys,” and an off-Broadway production of “Beauty on the Vine.” Olivia joined the cast of “House” in September of that year as Remy “Thirteen” Hadley, an internist with Huntington’s disease; she starred in 81 episodes of the medical drama. Wilde made many films, including “Year One” (2009) and “Butter” (2009), while starring in “House.” “Tron: Legacy” (2010) and “In Time” (2011) were movie office successes, grossing $400.1 million and $174 million, respectively.
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During this time, she also co-starred with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds in the 2011 comedy “The Change-Up,” produced the documentary “Sun City Picture House” (2010), and began appearing in Revlon advertisements after being chosen as a worldwide brand ambassador by the business.
Olivia starred in five films in 2013: “Drinking Buddies,” “Her,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” and “Rush.” In 2014, she began playing Charlotte on the Netflix cartoon series “BoJack Horseman,” participated in the films “The Longest Week” and “Better Living Through Chemistry,” and was a guest star on IFC’s “Portlandia.” Wilde then produced and performed in the films “Meadowland” (2015) and “A Vigilante” (2018), as well as “Love the Coopers” (2015), “Life Itself” (2018), and “Richard Jewell” (2019).
She portrayed Devon Finestra on HBO’s “Vinyl” in 2016, was a guest performer on the British comedy “Doll & Em” in 2015, and provided the voice for Radiant in an episode of Fox’s “Son of Zorn” in 2017. For directing the coming-of-age comedy “Booksmart” in 2019, Olivia received critical acclaim and multiple prizes. As of this writing, Wilde is directing, producing, and starring in the psychological horror thriller “Don’t Worry Darling.”
Awards and Nominations
Wilde won the Best Actress award for “Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas” at the US Comedy Arts Festival in 2006, and the Rising Star Award at the Vail Film Festival in 2008.
Olivia was awarded the CinemaCon Breakthrough Director of the Year Award and the Hollywood Critics Association Trailblazer Award for her work on “Booksmart.” She won awards for “Booksmart” from the Faro Island Film Festival, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, Hollywood Film Awards, Mill Valley Film Festival, Online Film & Television Association, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and San Francisco International Film Festival, in addition to several film critic associations.
Wilde won an Acting and Activism Award from the Women Film Critics Circle Awards in 2015, and she won a News & Documentary Emmy Award in 2017 for producing the documentary “Body Team 12.”
In addition, Olivia has been nominated for six Teen Choice Awards (four for “House” and one each for “Tron” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”), two Alliance of Women Film Journalists awards (Best Woman Director and Humanitarian Activism Award), two Behind the Voice Actors Awards (for “TRON: Uprising” and “BoJack Horseman”), an MTV Movie Award (Best Breakout Star for “Tron”), and a Scream Award (Best Science Fiction Actress for “Tron”).
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In 2011, Olivia paid $2,295,000 for a 3,284-square-foot home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. In July 2013, she sold the 4-bedroom home for $2,195,000.
Wilde and Sudeikis acquired a 2,833-square-foot, 4-bedroom Silver Lake property for $3.49 million in 2019. In 2014, they paid $6.5 million for a 6,500-square-foot, nine-bedroom Brooklyn townhouse.