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The gorgeous young blonde with a stunning face is best known for her current guest appearances on FOX's drama series "The O.C.", where she plays the bisexual "Alex Kelly." Her other movie credentials include the 2004 movie "The Girl Next Door" and 2005's "Conversations With Other Women." Olivia played the female lead in the short-lived sitcom Skin (2003), a funkdafied remix of the tired Romeo and Juliet which recast father Capulet (Ron Silver) as a pornographer and father Montague as the snarling district attorney. Though Wilde's cleavage was the show's only real selling point, viewers of the pilot only got to see her for a minute or two, the bulk of the episode being an exercise in "how can we introduce twenty characters in forty-five minutes", combined with an attention-deficit editing style that will look as dated as a Wilkie Collins novel in ten years. In high school, Wilde portrayed Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, later deriving her stage name from playwright Oscar Wilde. But that's not all. Olivia has up her sleeve for 2005. She plays alongside Justin Timberlake and Emile Hirsch in the flick Alpha Dog.
Olivia Wilde was born on March 10, 1984, in New York, NY USA as Olivia Cockburn. Her father is Andrew Cockburn. She has been Married to a prince from Italy named Tao Ruspoli ( b. Nov. 7, 1975) since 2003 and attended Phillps Academy Andover ( 2002).
Olivia Wilde: Timberlake's the 'perfect gentleman'
Justin Timberlake is the perfect gentleman, according to his co-star Olivia Wilde in the upcoming movie Alpha Dog.
Justin Timberlake is the perfect gentleman, according to his co-star Olivia Wilde in the upcoming movie Alpha Dog.
The popstar apologised three times to actress for invading her privacy, after the pair locked lips for a scene in the movie due later this year.
"He's the most amazing Southern gentleman you'll ever meet," she says.
Olivia, who plays bisexual Alex in The OC says the former 'Nsync singer didn't try to slip her the tongue but that it was an unexpected, impromptu kiss as the director had told him to do it behind her back.
As a result, there is apparently a look of complete and utter shock and amazement on her face when it happens.
Justin plays drug dealer Franky Ballkowski in the movie, based on the true life story of drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood who was suspected of kidnapping and killing a 15-year-old boy in 2000.
Sharon Stone also stars in the film.
Meet Olivia Wilde
"I was a handful growing up. Once I took a bus from my home in Maryland to Philadelphia to live on the streets with some musicians for a few weeks, and then my parents sent me to boarding school at Andover to shape me up. I fell in love with theater there, and after graduation I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. I played a bitch in The Girl Next Door and I was also a prudish porn princess in the series Skin. After I fell in love and married the son of an Italian prince, we started an independent film cooperative. Now I'm doing a film festival for kids and writing a script about a kidnapped journalist in Afghanistan. When you choose to be an actor, you are going against the odds. But even if I'm left high and dry at the end of this wild journey, just taking it is a great feeling."
WHO IS SHE?:
On The O.C., 21-year-old beauty Olivia Wilde plays bisexual bar owner Alex Kelly who first broke Seth's cherry, then his heart, then moved on to Marissa. In real life, she's the daughter of a 60 Minutes producer and a National Geographic writer who bucked the family's journalistic tendencies in favor of acting.
WHAT HAS SHE DONE?:
Wilde was the co-star of 2003's short-lived TV series Skin, a Romeo and Juliet romance between a D.A.'s son and a porn king's daughter. While still a high school student at Phillips Academy Andover, the prestigious Massachusetts boarding school, the virtually unknown theater actress sent audition tapes to Hollywood. Five months later she scored a part in the porn-to-high school comedy The Girl Next Door with 24's Elisha Cuthbert.
WHY DO WE CARE?:
This gorgeous, 5' 7½" Pisces, with the blue-green eyes and silky blonde hair, holds her own against svelte Mischa Barton and brassy Rachel Bilson on The O.C. Born in New York and raised in D.C., this cream-complexioned East Coaster stands way out in front of Hollywood's army of over-processed beauties.
Playboy.com: In June 2002, you were a high school senior in New England. By November you were a Hollywood player. How did that happen so quickly?
Olivia Wilde: I got an internship with the casting director of The Girl Next Door. I would hold the clipboard and help them in their casting sessions and get them lunch. They were looking for a character, the bitch at school, and I happened to be there every day and knew all the lines, so the director's like, "Let's give it to Olivia!" It was really funny because that movie had the porn twist and then I went right into Skin.
PB: On Skin you played a porn king's daughter dating the D.A.'s son. On The O.C, your character plays both sides of the fence. Have you ever had a serious relationship your parents disapproved of?
OW: I went through a phase when I was 13 where I would only fall in love with people over the age of 19 or 20. I never had a real relationship with any of these people, but it was definitely the guy I wanted to hang out with and wanted to go on trips with. I would be like, "But, Daddy, he's a musician!" [Laughs]
PB: Is that when they sent you off to boarding school?
OW: When I was in seventh or eighth grade, I started developing my rebellious streak and started taking some trips on my own to New York and Philadelphia and just kind of taking off and doing my own thing. Not because I didn't like my family, but because I was just really restless. Maybe that was part of the reason I was encouraged to go to boarding school. But the other part was I just wanted more competition, and Andover had a really great theater department, so that's how I ended up in New England, but I was definitely not happy to be thrust in the suburbs of Massachusetts.
PB: How else did your middle school rebellion manifest itself?
OW: In seventh grade I shaved the back of my head. I had piercings when I was 11. I got a tattoo when I was 13. I did all kinds of typical stuff. I was not a crazy punk, but I was definitely into being an individual and doing anything I could to stray from conformity. It's a typical part of adolescence, but I thought I was special. So I ended up in boarding school, where that wasn't allowed to happen, and they whipped me into shape. I hardly made it through; I think my parents were just glad to see me at graduation. [Laughs] No, I ended up doing really well, and I did a lot of theater. I became the producer of their student theater department.
PB: Any wild boarding school stories?
OW: I was born in New York and grew up in the middle of D.C., so by the time I got to boarding school, which was out in the suburbs of Boston, I was kind of stir crazy. When I first started boarding school, I was your typical cute, brazen freshman who was so confident and had no respect for the senior class and did whatever I wanted. By my senior year, I'd cleaned up my act.
PB: Away at boarding school, is it easier or harder to date?
OW: Dating is a little bit different in boarding school because it's all very intense, you know, drama, heartbreak. But you are on your own because there are no parents looking over your shoulder telling you who to date. The thing about boarding school is everyone launches themselves into really serious relationships really quickly, almost out of boredom. You live there and see the people every day. Two weeks in a boarding school relationship is like six months in a normal relationship.
PB: What kind of guys do you like in real life?
OW: I've gone out with all-American type guys before, but the guys I really tend to go for are guys that have a little bit of ethnic spice. I really like Italian guys.
PB: What was your exposure to pornography before you got cast in Skin and The Girl Next Door?
OW: Nothing, really. I think every teenage girl gets exposed to porn eventually when her guy friends throw on a VHS in the middle of a party. I don't have a conservative family and I'm not conservative in my own life, so it's nothing I ever shunned. I'm a bit of a feminist, so I wouldn't say that I'm a complete porn advocate, because, of course, there are terrible things that happen to some of these young women, but I thought it was great that we were taking a huge business seriously and I couldn't think of better people to do it. When I originally saw the script for Skin and heard about the plot, I thought it was really cool.
PB: And since you did Skin?
OW: I still haven't had that much exposure to it. The funniest thing was seeing the live porn on set in the pilot. These girls were for real. It was a really short scene. They were just supposed to drop their clothes, and that was it, but they ended up shooting for like five hours. I mean, I was sent back to my trailer so I know it got juicy. [Laughs] I saw the girls walking around set. They refused to have robes. They're very confident, and I just thought it was fascinating. They take themselves and what they do very seriously. It's an extremely exclusive business. There are only about 200 real porn stars and they all know each other. Many of them are married to each other. I think that's interesting.
PB: Has porn officially gone mainstream?
OW: With Larry Flynt running for governor, with films like Wonderland and Girl Next Door, porn has been such a major part of our culture for so long that it's almost logical that it's finally being looked at by mainstream media. It's definitely a business that should be recognized in our culture. Billions of dollars are being spent on porn and people still shove it under the rug. But that worked for it in the past, because as long as it's this mystery, it's still really interesting. American society is sexually repressed, and it's refreshing that people are taking it more seriously and being a little bit more open about our fascination with porn.
Olivia Wilde as Jewel Goldman on Skin
19-year-old Olivia Wilde makes her television series acting debut on SKIN. Born in Washington, D.C. and currently living in Los Angeles, Wilde will next be seen in the comedy "The Girl Next Door," starring 24's Elisha Cuthbert.
Legendary film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer teams with writer-producer Jim Leonard to bring dynamic and visually compelling storytelling to FOX with their intense character drama Skin, a series that exposes a world of forbidden love, naked ambition, family betrayals and the business of moral corruption.
As Chairman and CEO of Golden Intl., Larry Goldman (Ron Silver) is the most successful producer of adult entertainment in the world. His morally ambiguous, yet legitimate, business endeavors have afforded his family every material possession they could want or need, but his wife Barbara (Pamela Gidley) still strives to obtain the social acceptance their family lacks.
Passion and politics collide when Goldman and his adult entertainment empire are challenged by hardnosed District Attorney Thomas Roam (Kevin Anderson). Their professional battle takes a personal turn when they learn Goldman's daughter, Bel-Air teen Jewel (Olivia Wilde) is having a romance with Eastsider Adam (D.J. Corona) who, as fate will have it, is the D.A.'s son.
Adam's Latina mother, Laura (Rachel Ticotin), is a judge who controls both her courtroom and household. Like her husband, she is vehemently opposed to their son dating Jewel. In a world of cultural, economic, and moral contrasts, two misunderstood teens struggle against their parents' efforts to keep them apart, as power, politics, and money become weapons in the war between their families.
SKIN is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Hoosier Karma Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Jim Leonard are executive producers. Russell Mulcahy directed the pilot.
Wilde girl Olivia isn't long for 'The O.C.'
On last Thursday's episode of Fox's soaper "The O.C.," fans got a hint of things to come, when Newport Beach high-schooler (and former exclusive heterosexual) Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) got all hand- holdy with her new best pal, bisexual bartender Alex Kelly (Olivia Wilde).
Alex's most recent Orange County squeeze was Marissa's old neighbor and classmate, Seth Cohen (Adam Brody). Also on last week's episode, Alex made peace with Seth -- who is still pining for his ex- girlfriend, Summer (Rachel Bilson) -- acknowledging that they were each other's "in-between" person.
Those awaiting the big kiss anticipated since series creator Josh Schwartz revealed the lesbian storyline may not have to wait very much longer (February sweeps, after all, having begun). But they have been waiting, for many episodes, which is unusual for a series known for burning through story with the speed of a Malibu brush fire.
"What's interesting," Wilde says, "is watching people's reactions as all this unfolds. People might have expected 'Girls Gone Wild,' kiss-in-the-hot-tub type of thing, but what's going to be interesting is when people realize that's not what we did.
Actress displays Wilde side in tackling same-sex relationship
Failure was the best thing that ever happened to Olivia Wilde. The 20-year-old actress, who plays Alex on ``The O.C.,'' was the star of last season's heavily hyped but quickly canceled series ``Skin.'' ``I was important one day and then I was not the next day,'' Wilde recalled in a recent phone interview.
``If that hadn't happened to me, who knows where I would be right now. I think I have a very healthy outlook on the whole world of fame now. I'm so grateful. Now with `The O.C.,' experiencing the little bit of fame from that, it rolls off me like water.''
Wilde may need that thick skin now that her character is embarking on a same-sex romance with Marissa (Mischa Barton). Executive producer Josh Schwartz told her about Alex's story line before she took the part. ``I could tell from the way he spoke about it that it was going to be something he would do really well,'' she said.
``I was excited to be a part of that, especially because of everything that is going on in the country right now. It is just a very politically hot topic and I care a lot about it and I wanted to be a part of that.''
Wilde seems to be as independent and strong-willed as her ``O.C.'' alter ego. As a young teen, she left her family in Washington, D.C., to attend Phillips Academy in Andover, where she studied acting.
After high school graduation, she was on her way to college in New York when ``I took a little detour to L.A. just for the summer, and that turned into a year off and that turned into three years off. I think that happens with a lot of actors.''
How did she succeed so quickly in an infamously difficult industry? ``Well I just didn't pay attention to every single person who said, `It's too hard. Don't do it.' ''
Wilde, who eloped at age 18 with documentary filmmaker Tao Ruspoli, asked her gay and bisexual friends to help her create an authentic portrayal of Alex.
``I knew a lot of bisexual and gay people would be watching and really be offended if we didn't depict it in a realistic way,'' she said. ``The most common thing I heard is it is a very delicate situation. You are so used to being alienated in your community for having this type of lifestyle, that when you are falling in love with someone who isn't necessarily gay or bisexual. That is such an emotional, crazy experience to go through.''
‘O.C.”s will she or won’t she
Actress relishes role as bisexual bartender Olivia Wilde that ends March 17.
On last Thursday’s episode of Fox’s soaper “The O.C.,” fans got a hint of things to come, when Newport Beach high-schooler (and former exclusive heterosexual) Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) got all hand-holdy with her new best pal, bisexual bartender Alex Kelly (Olivia Wilde).
Alex’s most recent Orange County squeeze was Marissa’s old neighbor and classmate, Seth Cohen (Adam Brody). Also on last week’s episode, Alex made peace with Seth — who is still pining for his ex-girlfriend, Summer (Rachel Bilson) — acknowledging that they were each other’s “in-between” person.
Those awaiting the big kiss anticipated since series creator Josh Schwartz revealed the lesbian storyline may not have to wait very much longer (February sweeps, after all, having begun). But they have been waiting, for many episodes, which is unusual for a series known for burning through its story with the speed of a Malibu brush fire.
“What’s interesting,” Wilde says, “is watching people’s reactions as all this unfolds. People might have expected ‘Girls Gone Wild,’ kiss-in-the-hot-tub type of thing, but what’s going to be interesting is when people realize that’s not what we did.
“I hope they don’t want that and expect that, ‘Oh, I want some crazy, hot lesbian scene.’ It’s not like that. It’s much more about Marissa discovering these feelings, and Alex tentatively welcoming her into this, and then what happens after is even more interesting.”
One has to assume the affair doesn’t last, because neither does Alex’s storyline on “The O.C.,” which ends with the March 17 episode.
“Right,” Wilde says. “Who knows who she goes to next, but I’m gone after episode 16.”
Over the season-and-a-half of “The O.C.,” Marissa has gone through a few boyfriends. She has also had huge issues with the adults in her life, through her parents’ divorce, the subsequent marriage of her mother, Julie (Melinda Clarke), to Seth’s grandfather, developer Caleb Nichol (Alan Dale), and the recent departure of her father, Jimmy (Tate Donovan).
Marissa has been a heavy drinker and attempted suicide in Mexico. Overall, she has spent very little time being happy, but some of that time has been during her thus-far platonic adventures with the free-spirited Alex.
“It’s true,” says Wilde. “So many people have said that to me, that what they really like about Alex is what she brings out in Marissa, and what this situation brings out in her, a hint of happiness and another side to her character. I think that’s great.
“We work really well with each other, too, and a lot of people have commented on the chemistry. … ”
Wilde sees the relationship as part of Schwartz’s larger plan for the entire cast. “He really was eager to show other sides of his characters. To do that, he had to put them in other situations. You’ll see that with every single one of them, from Caleb and Julie to Summer and Seth. This season is about showing a softer side for some and a harder side for others.
“Already we’ve seen a harder side of Seth, with continuing to defy his parents. And Ryan’s become the sensible one, but what’s interesting is you’ll see later on this season that it’s still very delicate. Ryan’s created this world for himself, and something could destroy it if he isn’t careful.”
Asked if the love scenes with Barton pushed her beyond her comfort zone, Wilde says, “No, no. It was definitely something I had never done, it was definitely a challenge, but it wasn’t something that ever made me feel uncomfortable. I got pushed, but in a good way, in a direction that made me try something new.”
As to the ultimate resolution of the storyline, Wilde says, “I’m really satisfied with the way they handled the whole Marissa/Alex thing. The way it ended, it’s very heart wrenching. People will feel emotionally attached to them by the end.”
Olivia Wilde: Skinned Alive
After just three episodes, Fox cancelled its most promising new show of the fall season. Skin, which made its debut during a very popular World Series, was pulled from the schedule last week after disappointing network execs with its dismal ratings.
To be fair, the numbers stank. Six million people tuned into the much-hyped premiere, and the show steadily lost about a million viewers in each successive outing. Other networks would have canceled the show, too.
Created by Jerry Bruckheimer, who also produces CSI, the most watched show on TV, Skin was smart, sexy and luscious to watch. A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, it focused on two impossibly gorgeous teenagers: Adam (D.J. Cotrona) and Jewel (Olivia Wilde), who meet at a party in downtown Los Angeles. The affair turns messy when we learn that Adam is the son of an ambitious district attorney (Kevin Anderson) and Jewel is the daughter of a porn mogul (Ron Silver). Adam's dad spends his days trying to send Jewel's dad to the slammer.
But that doesn't stop our star-crossed lovers. Impulsive and reckless, the couple embarks on a secret romance, skipping class and sneaking out of bedroom windows late at night. Edited in a rapid-fire MTV style, Skin produced a sense of energy and urgency. The bleached-out love scenes between the lustful Adam and Jewel evoked an almost ethereal glow, capturing the very essence of teenaged infatuation.
The true daring of Skin was that it had the courage to tackle the seamy issues of sexual politics -- power, exploitation, betrayal and, yes, love. How very un-Fox of them. And how very unfortunate.
By portraying the porn mogul as sympathetic (he gives $80 million to a breast cancer clinic) and giving the D.A. human flaws (he sleeps around on his wife), Skin challenged our typical American assumptions about sex, its good guys and bad guys.
Throw in the mogul's millions and the prosecutor's upcoming election, and it’s a combustible mix. After just three hours, the show had set in a motion an impending collision of values that reminded one of the atom smashing they do at the Fermilab. Skin has so much to say and so many places to go.
Yet it was snuffed out because it couldn't learn to walk in 180 minutes. Never mind the reviews: "the most satisfying new drama of the season" (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel), "slick, cleverly written and absorbingly entertaining" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Even the Washington Post's cranky Tom Shales liked it: "a heady mixture of lust and the lust for power -- a saga of desire that, ironically and wickedly enough, leaves little to be desired."
The problem with television today is that everybody wants instant success -- huge numbers out of the starting gate -- just like in film. Hollywood is always chasing its next boffo blockbuster, the picture that’s going to set new Memorial or Labor Day box office records.
Television doesn’t work that way. By definition, programs -- especially hour-long dramas -- take time to find and build an audience. Shows like these ask viewers to stick around for nine months. To do that, they need to slowly build characters, plot lines and map it over a story arc that can sustain an audience of millions through the fall, winter and spring -- and then bring them back next September.
Television history is full of shows that started off as duds but grew to achieve enormous popularity. Sadly, that history is also filled with a list of titles killed too early, victims of the rush-rush ethos that rules the television production business and spoils its product for countless viewers.
Fox intends to replace Skin with original episodes of Joe Millionaire 2, a reality show in which a penniless cowboy woos a bevy of European beauties with faked fortunes. The conceit is insulting, the outcome a bore, but Joe will be the Monday night anchor in Fox's November sweeps strategy. How very, very Fox of them.
Olivia Wilde: XXX set
A new TV and film actor, Olivia Wilde finds herself immersed in the world of porn. Starring in Jerry Bruckheimer's fall TV series Skin, Wilde plays a teen dating the son of the Los Angeles DA, who's locked in battle with her father, an adult-film producer. Add to this Romeo and Juliet adaptation the 19-year-old's movie debut--a role in the upcoming The Girl Next Door, about a porn star attempting to start over--and you can see why she frets about typecasting.
Casting, as it turns out, was Wilde's platform into Hollywood. Three years ago she spent her summer processing resumes for an L.A. casting director. "It was my parents' idea, to test how badly I wanted to act," she explains. "But sorting 700 head shots a day made me more determined." So after graduating from boarding school in Massachusetts, Wilde moved out West and went back to work at the casting agency to earn some money. It was there that Girl's director, Luke Greenfield, saw her and offered her a small part in his film. "But," she says, "after I got Skin, they made the role a little bigger."