Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn; March 10, 1984) is an American actress and model. She began acting in the early 2000s, and has since appeared in a number of film and television parts, including roles in the serial-drama The O.C. and The Black Donnellys. She portrays Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley in the TV drama House, and in 2010 starred as Quorra in Tron: Legacy and cowboys and aliens
Wilde has appeared in the films The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog, Conversations with Other Women and Turistas. She became known for her role on The O.C. as Alex Kelly, although she originally auditioned for the role of Marissa Cooper. She has also appeared in the Dashboard Confessional music video for “Stolen“, and the French Kicks music video for “So Far We Are”. She was strongly considered to play Bond gir lVesper Lynd in the 21st Bond film Casino Royale but Eva Green eventually won the role. In 2008, Wilde was honored alongside Jesse Eisenberg with the Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award.In 2009 Wilde was ranked No.1 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100. It was an honor which was included as an inside joke during the House episode “The Tyrant“, where House, upon hearing about Foreman’s recent firing of Wilde’s character, sarcastically teased, “My condolences. Although, it’s not like she’s the hottest woman in the world.” She was also ranked No.95 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2006. She was one of the key models in Abercrombie & Fitch‘s “Rising Stars” campaign in summer of 2004.
In 2007, Wilde was a part of the ensemble cast of the short-lived NBC mid-season drama The Black Donnellys. Her character, Jenny Reilly, was the lone principal female character in the series following the lives of an Irish-American family tied to organized crime in New York City. Also in 2007, Wilde appeared in the play Beauty on the Vine, a political thriller, playing three different characters.
Wilde is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice, which provides education and health services in Haiti, and the ACLU of Southern California. Previously, Wilde was a supporter of the youth voter organization, 18 in ’08. She serves on their advisory council and appeared in a public service announcement that debuted June 30, 2008. In 2008, Wilde campaigned with actors Justin Long and her former House castmate Kal Penn for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.
She also appeared in the Moveon.org mock-PSA “supporting” the right of the healthcare insurance industry.
Wilde was commended by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an unorthodox farmworkers’ union, for supporting the Fair Foods campaign.