Olivia Wilde is an actress and activist widely recognized for her role in the TV series House as Dr. Thirteen Hadley from its third season in 2007 to 2012. Previously married to Italian prince Tao Ruspoli, Wilde is now engaged to actor Jason Sudeikis since 2013.
Olivia Wilde was born as Olivia Jane Cockburn on March 10, 1984, in New York City, New York, USA. She ia a middle child of renown journalists, Andrew Cockburn, and Leslie Cockburn. She is a middle child, who has an older sister, Chloe Cockburn, and, a younger brother, Charlie Cockburn.
She was brought up in Massachusetts and DC. She studied in private and prestigious Georgetown Day School, and further enrolled in Phillips Academy and graduated in 2002.
Later, she joined acting school during her summer visits at her grandparents in Ireland. She has appeared in the Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest in high school. Soon after that, she ditched the family surname and adopted Wilde as a homage to Oscar Wilde.
Career & Net worth
Coming from a family with a journalism background, Wilde too has a “strong journalistic streak.” Despite that, she chose to make a career in acting instead. At an early age of 18, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
After moving to LA, she first worked as an assistant to a casting director Mali Finn, at a casting agency. It was Mali Finn who discovered her acting skills and gave her the debut role as a lead in a series called Skin in 2003. Even though the series was short-lived, it certainly helped her gain recognition. Shortly after that, in 2004, she got the appreciated role of a bisexual teenager, Alex Kelly in the series The O.C. Simultaneously, she also starred in the movies, Girl Next Door and Alpha Dog.
Moving on, she also managed to land a part in the high revenue Disney film Tron: Legacy in 2010, where she depicted the role of Quorra. The movie collected $400 million worldwide and even got nominated for Academy Awards. This movie further catapulted her Hollywood image.
After working in several movies and TV shows, she landed in a breakthrough role as a secretive and bisexual internist, Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley in the medical drama House. She starred in the show in its third season in 2007 to 2012.
She is also an activist and has contributed to various causes. She collaborated with Artists for Peace, and Justice after 2010 earthquake struck in Haiti. They aim to deliver education and healthcare through programs of performing arts.
Besides acting, she is also an executive producer of two documentaries about harsh realities in Haiti: Sun City Picture House (2010) and, Baseball in time of Cholera (2012).
More recently, she has starred in 2018 films, Life Itself and A Vigilante. As of now, she is preparing to direct her feature film, Booksmart with Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever in the lead roles. As of 2018, she has amassed a net worth of $20 million.
Olivia is engaged to actor Jason Sudeikis. They met at an afterparty, but it didn’t begin as the typical romantic love story. She revealed on the ‘Howard Stern Show’ that it took him a month before asking her on a date, and it was only through text. They have been together since 2011 before getting engaged in 2013.
Nevertheless, their love for each other is evident from pictures they share, and they don’t shy away from displaying their affection. She shares two children with her fiance, a son Otis born in 2014, and a younger daughter Daisy, born in 2016.
Wilde was previously married to her high school sweetheart, Italian prince Tao Ruspoli. She married him at a tender age of 19. However, the eight years of togetherness ended after Olivia filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences” on March 3, 2011. The two officially got divorced on September 29, 2011 with private agreement on property division.
Olivia is relatively active and vocal on social media. In the overly glamorized world of Hollywood, it’s a breath of fresh air to go through her posts. In her tweets, she is apparently letting the world know that she is a normal mom handling all the issues that comes. This makes her a great role model for young girls that can look up to her, without feeling the need to be perfect at all times. She has amassed an enormous fan following on her social sites. She has 1.85 million followers on Twitter.