Olivia’s Wilde Life

She Stars in “Life Itself” with Oscar Isaac

BY: Claire Connors

Exquisitely beautiful, with exotic green/blue eyes and a killer smile, Olivia Wilde is a natural to be on camera. Although considering her family pedigree, she should have been writer, not an actor. Born into an Irish family of journalists and activists, her father is writer Andrew Cockburn, her mother is Leslie Corkhill Redllich, an investigative journalist who is currently a Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives, and her uncle was political writer, Alexander Cockburn. But rather than hit the keyboard, she hit the stage and began performing before she was 20.

Not all of her first films, like 2011’s Cowboys & Aliens and 2012’s Deadfall, were great, but her role on the Emmy-winning medical drama, House, as Dr. Remy ‘Thirteen’ Hadley, a bisexual resident with Huntington’s Disease, was truly remarkable. The perfect foil to the difficult Dr. House, Wilde’s sexy/smart “13,” made the drug-addicted curmudgeon almost bearable.

The last few years, Wilde’s been busy creating a family with SNL alum Jason Sudeski but that hasn’t stopped her from creating a lot of notable work, including directing music videos for the bands Red Hot Chili Peppers and Edward Sharpe. She made her Broadway debut in the stunning stage production of 1984 and earlier this year appeared in Drake‘s music video, “Nice For What” with fellow fierce women Rashida JonesIssa Rae, Jourdan Dunn, and ballet star, Misty Copeland. Not bad company if you ask us!

Nice for What

Later this year she stars in A Vigilante playing a woman who helps victims escape their domestic abusers. Now that’s our kind of superhero.

But we’re most excited about the upcoming Life Itself, a American-Spanish drama written and directed by Dan Fogelman, the genius behind the huge NBC hit, This Is Us. Starring alongside Oscar Isaac, they play a New York couple whose relationship spans years, continents, and lifetimes. Also starring Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, and Olivia Cooke, this poignant movie by Amazon Studios opens on September 21st. We expect a few Oscar nominations for this one come the end of the year.

As for 2019, Wilde is stepping behind the camera (she’s already an accomplished documentary filmmaker) to direct the teen comedy, Booksmart, about two young academic women hellbent on making up for lost time in high school, the night before they graduate. With hilarious actors like Sudekis, Lisa Kudrow and Will Forte, we just know this will be a must-see!