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Olivia Wilde


“I belong somewhere trapped in a castle in the 14th century, in the rain, churning butter…”

Olivia Wilde
By E.C. Gladstone

Where are the paparazzi when you need them?

It’s a crisp winter day in LA, and Olivia Wilde, who’s just flown in from New York, is dying for some sushi. So when the actress calls from the lobby of the W hotel as I’m pulling up, I tell her to skip formalities and just meet me at the curb.

Would it be too much to ask that at least one photographer be there to capture the former O.C. co-star getting into my car? Just a grainy shot to get people wondering about her “mystery man?” I mean, this is the kind of publicity a guy can’t buy.

But nobody’s on the sidewalk. Not even a college kid stringing for TMZ with a cell phone camera.

Wilde, dressed in denim with a cloth cap over her long brown hair, is apologetic—not for that, but her sleep-deprived and makeup-free looks, which, truth be told, make her only stop-you-on-the-street beautiful instead of the usual coronary-inducing gorgeousness when she’s actually trying.

She also smells fantastic.

When we park on the street and she leaps out and feeds the meter without even mentioning it, I’m already won over. That small act is almost the equivalent in a Hollywood actor to an ordinary person stopping traffic for an old woman. Very classy.

But if looks and manners were all Olivia had to offer, I could stop here and save space for more photos. Five minutes later, though, after she’s told me about her hilarious plane flight next to effusive fitness guru Richard Simmons, and touched on the joys of ensemble acting, the best Mexican restaurant in New York, the cultural renaissance of Ireland, and political author Chinua Achebe, it’s clear that Olivia is the type of person whose intellectual curiosity and engagement with the world goes far beyond the apparatus of entertainment.

And she’s all of 21 years old.

“In order to get enthusiastic about a role, I have to feel like it means something, that it will have some sort of relevance to the world,” says Wilde, who’s in the middle of being everywhere, with this season’s ‘Turistas’ (a cautionary tale about organ harvesting) and Alpha Dogs (drug dealers in over their heads) in theatres, ‘The Black Donnellys’ (a family of Irish mobsters) on NBC in a few weeks, and Death and Life of Bobby Z coming up. “But you find it in any role that’s well written,” she says, raving particularly about ‘Donnellys.’ “Even if they don’t seem they’re in any way politically relevant.”

For prime example, Wilde points to her breakout performance in the second season of The O.C., as Mischa Barton’s lesbian girlfriend. “That was extremely important, because of the influence it had on all these women around the world. I got letters from countless girls saying that I made them feel comfortable with their sexuality, that they thought they had to be ugly to be a lesbian…”

Continued at Pt. 2

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