Saturday, March 2, 2013
Olivia Wilde MIN Actress Profile
OLIVIA WILDE, who stars as Jane in Warner Bros upcoming comedy 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone', has just completed production on Paul Haggis' "The Third Person," a romantic drama with three interconnecting storylines, with an ensemble cast including Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, James Franco, and Adrien Brody. She also recently wrapped production alongside Anna Kendrick on the comedy "Drinking Buddies," to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the comedy drama "Better Living Through Chemistry," opposite Sam Rockwell and Michelle Monaghan, both of which are scheduled for a 2013 release. On the dramatic front, she will next star as Suzy Miller in Ron Howard's "Rush," a Formula One biographical drama about the rivalry between drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, played by Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth, set for September, 2013.
Wilde recently re-teamed with Jason Bateman in the independent film "The Longest Week." She also appeared in Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut, "People Like Us"; in "The Words," alongside Dennis Quaid, Bradley Cooper, and Zoee Saldana, directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal; and starred as a competitor in an annual butter carving event, with Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Ty Burrell, in the quirky political satire "Butter." Additionally, she starred in Stefan Ruzowitzky's thriller "Deadfall," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Wilde also starred as the mysterious Ella opposite Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in the Jon Favreau-directed film "Cowboys & Aliens," and opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in the comedy "The Change Up."
Wilde is known for her role in 2010's 3D futuristic blockbuster "TRON: Legacy," in which she starred as Jeff Bridges' trusted friend and protector, Quorra.
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Raised by parents who are award-winning journalists and documentary filmmakers, Wilde was inspired to explore the documentary field. Her most recent effort was the PBS docu-series "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which aired in October 2012 to rave reviews. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, the series introduces women and girls in unimaginable circumstances and their brave fight to change them. Additionally, she executive produced the documentary "Baseball in the Time of Cholera," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and received a special jury mention during judging. The film explores the current cholera epidemic in Haiti.
Last year she made her filmmaking mark at the Tribeca Film Festival when she executive produced the simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking short "Sun City Picture House," which follows a community in Haiti that rallies to build a movie theater after the disastrous 2010 earthquake. The film won the audience award at the Maui Film Festival and was also included in the Docuweeks screening series.
In addition to her work on the big screen, Wilde played one of the standout characters, Thirteen, in one of the most watched television programs in the world, "House," winner of four Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. She joined the show in 2007.
Wilde's previous film credits include a cameo opposite Russell Crowe in the Paul Haggis' drama "The Next Three Days"; appearing opposite Jack Black in "Year One"; co-starring with Bruce Willis and Emile Hirsch in "Alpha Dog";' a role in "Bickford Schmeckler's Cool Ideas," for which she won Best Actress at the Aspen Film Festival; and "Conversations with Other Women," opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart.
Her previous television credits include co-starring in the drama "The Black Donnellys," created by Paul Haggis, "Skin" produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and a recurring role on the popular FOX series, "The O.C." On stage, Wilde headlined in "Beauty on the Vine," in the Epic Theatre Center's off-Broadway production.
Wilde is a board member of Artists For Peace and Justice and sits on the foundation board of the ACLU of Southern California.