(born Olivia Jane Cockburn
in 1984) is an American actress. She is known for starring in the TV series The O.C.
, and the films TRON: Legacy
, Alpha Dog
, Cowboys and Aliens
, The Change-Up
and Year One
. She had a small role in The Girl Next Door
Before we start talking about her accomplishments, we might as well talk about her (ludicrously complicated and highly entertaining) ancestry. She is the daughter of Andrew Myles Cockburn, a journalist; her mother, Leslie Cockburn, is an American-born 60 Minutes producer and journalist. Her uncles, Alexander Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn, also worked as journalists. Her older sister, Chloe Cockburn, is a civil rights attorney in New York; her aunt, Sarah Caudwell, was a writer, and her paternal grandfather, Claud Cockburn, was a novelist and journalist.
Her father's upper-class British ancestors lived in several countries during the height of colonialism and the British Empire, including Beijing (where her paternal grandfather was born), Kolkata, Mumbai, Cairo, and Tasmania (one of her paternal great-great-grandfathers, Henry Arthur Blake, was Governor of Hong Kong). Wilde's father's ancestors include abolitionist and Anglican minister James Ramsay, politician George Arbuthnot, lawyer, judge, and literary figure Henry Cockburn, Lord Cockburn, Lord Provost of Edinburgh Sir William Arbuthnot, 1st Baronet, and Sir Thomas Osborne, 9th Baronet (and therefore current Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne). Wilde's ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Manx, and German; she is also of more distant Sephardi Jewish descent from a paternal ancestor, Ralph Bernal (1783–1854), a British Whig politician and actor.
She lived in Ireland when she was a child and studied acting at Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. She has dual citizenship in American and Ireland.
Her parents were friends of Mick Jagger
. When Olivia was 4 years old, she was eavesdropping one night on a conversation between diplomat Richard Holbrooke and singer Mick Jagger, until Jagger noticed her and shooed her to bed.
She also married Italian prince Tao Ruspoli when she was 19, but divorced him in 2011.
She also wrote and directed a short film called Free Hugs
Tropes associated with Olivia Wilde:
- Brainy Brunette: Actually she's blonde but dyed her hair brunette. Most of her roles are fairly intelligent as well. In regards to the trope, she's said:
"I'm a natural blonde, but I feel like a brunette. I feel like people treat me now how I should be treated. People used to be shocked, when I was blonde, that I wasn't stupid. I used to get these comments that I swear people thought were compliments. Like, 'Oh! You're smart!' — like they couldn't believe it."
- Deadpan Snarker: Here's just one example.
- Ms. Fanservice: Frequently flaunts her body in works, from lesbian scenes in House, to skin tight bodysuits in TRON: Legacy, to tanktops and skinnydipping in Drinking Buddies.
- Spy Catsuit: In Tron: Legacy.
- Stage Name: She chose the surname Wilde after Oscar Wilde.
- What Beautiful Eyes