Olivia Wilde Bio: From The O.C. To Tron Legacy

This starlet started out as a casting assistant before she began auditioning for parts under the stage name “Wilde.” This stage name was created to pay tribute to the famous Irish author and poet Oscar Wilde. Soon enough, she achieved instant recognition by playing bisexual Alex Kelly on the hit series “The O.C”, began acting in films, and one again made waves as a bisexual character, this time on the series on "House." In 2010, she achieved international stardom as the computer program Quorra in "Tron: Legacy." Join WatchMojo.com as we explore the life and career of Olivia Wilde.
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Olivia Wilde Bio: From The O.C. To Tron Legacy

This hot young actress drives the men wild. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be taking a look at the life and career of Olivia Wilde.

Olivia Jane Cockburn was born March 10th, 1984 in New York City, but grew up in Washington D.C. Despite coming from a family full of journalists, she dreamed of becoming an actress. She then attended The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, where she registered for dual citizenship and secretly married Italian-American documentary filmmaker Tao Ruspoli on an abandoned school bus.

Upon her return to the U.S., she worked as a casting assistant before she began auditioning for parts under the stage name “Wilde.” This name paid tribute to the famous Irish author and poet Oscar Wilde. Soon enough, she made her acting debut in the short-lived television series “Skin,” which was centered on the love affair of mismatched teens.

By 2004, Olivia Wilde made her Hollywood film debut in the teen comedy “The Girl Next Door,” and achieved instant recognition by playing bisexual Alex Kelly on the hit series “The O.C.” Interestingly, Wilde originally auditioned for the role of core character Marissa Cooper, which instead went to actress Mischa Barton.

Wilde was then cast in 2006’s true-life crime drama “Alpha Dog,” where she played the girlfriend of notorious murderer and kidnapper Johnny Truelove. She was also honored with the title of Best Actress from the U.S. Comedy Festival for her role as Sarah Witt in “Bickford Shcmeckler’s Cool ideas.” There, she portrayed a girl who stole a college boy’s journal full of philosophical ideas

Further showcasing her range as an actress, she starred in the terrifying thriller “Turistas,” by playing one of three tourists in Brazil who was captured by organ thieves.

While not in front of the camera filming projects like the short-lived TV series “The Black Donnellys,” Wilde found time to become a political activist, and campaigned for the election of Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election.

Ironically, her biggest career milestone since her breakout on “The O.C.” turned out to be her four-year stint on the hit medical show “House,” where she played a bisexual intern with Huntington’s disease. This earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination for Breakout Female TV Star, and for Choice TV Actress in a Drama.

Meanwhile, she played a documentary filmmaker in 2008’s feature “Fix” and princess Inanna opposite Jack Black and Michael Cera in the comedy “Year One.” While that film was a critical and commercial failure, it did little to stop Maxim from naming her number one on their Hot 100 list of 2009.

The next year, Wilde returned to the thriller genre alongside Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson in “The Next Three Days.” She even found the time to appear in video shorts, and portrayed Madonna in Funny or Die’s “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.”

However, it was 2010’s sci-fi spectacular “Tron: Legacy,” where she played a latex-clad computer program opposite Jeff Bridges, that made her a major Hollywood star.

With her career shifting to high gear, she left “House” to star in a string of varied and major Hollywood projects. These included the film adaptation of “Cowboys and Aliens,” the comedy “The Change-Up,” the drama “On the Inside,” the ensemble farce “Butter,” and the dystopian sci-fi spectacle “In Time.”

Unfortunately, 2011 also saw the actress undergo personal turmoil as she and her husband filed for divorce. She was also accused of being a publicity hound, because of her shocking discussion with Conan O’Brien about vaginal tattoos.

In 2012, Wilde began representing modern, hard-working, professional women who like to have fun by becoming an ambassador for Revlon. She then appeared alongside Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in the comedy “Burt Wonderstone,” became a fugitive in the crime drama “Blackbird,” played Chris Pine’s alcoholic sister in “Welcome to People,” and starred opposite Jason Bateman in the romantic comedy “The Longest Week.”

Known for her dynamic range, charisma and cat-like teal eyes, it’s no wonder Olivia Wilde is one of the hottest and most in-demand actresses today. And she’s just getting started.
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