Birth Name: Olivia Wilde
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Born Olivia Cockburn to renowned journalists Leslie and Andrew Cockburn, Wilde realizes she wants to be an entertainer at a young age. “First I wanted to be Einstein – then an actress,” she later recalls of her youthful ambition, which is cemented at the prestigious Phillips Academy boarding school in Andover, Mass.
In 2003, Wilde was cast as the lead on the Jerry Bruckenheimer series Skin. In this Romeo and Juliet-esque drama, Wilde portrayed a porn star producer’s daughter who was star-crossed lovers with a district attorney’s son. The show was short-lived, but showcased Wilde’s talents. The actress went on to famously play the controversial role of a bisexual teenager on the hit television series The O.C.
Wanted to act since the age of 2. (“First,” she told The New York Observer, “I wanted to be Einstein, then an actress.”)
Playwright Oscar Wilde inspired her stage surname; she once played Gwendolyn in a production of Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Has dual citizenship, in both the U.S. and Ireland.
Many of her family members are journalists, including her mother, Leslie, who served as a 60 Minutes producer, and father, Andrew, an author and documentarian.
Wilde’s dog, Paco, became Old Navy’s mascot in 2006.
Ranked No. 1 on Maxim’s Hot 100 list in 2009.
A board member of the ACLU and also a founder of Young Artists for Peace and Justice, which promotes education and health services in Haiti.
Has an avid interest in classic cars.