Olivia Wilde at a turning point in life: Don't Worry Darling!
Olivia Wilde has turned 37 in the eye of an emotional hurricane. The New Yorker has been well known as an actress and is also emerging as one of the most promising directors of the new generation. There's a lot to celebrate in 2021.
However, it's also been a difficult time for her. Olivia Wilde ended her relationship with Jason Sudeikis in November 2020 after nearly ten years together. The couple had begun dating in 2011 and have two children together: Otis Alexander (2014) and Daisy Josephine (2016).
It was during the shoot of her second film as director, 'Don't Worry, Darling,' that Olivia Wilde fell in love with Harry Styles. It was in the middle of the pandemic. The new couple has caused the biggest sentimental bombshell in 2021, except for the divorce of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, perhaps.
Olivia Wilde has proven that age is not a problem for her in love. Jason Sudeikis (1975) is nine years older than her, and Harry Styles (1994) is a decade younger.
Before directing a movie with Harry Styles in it, Olivia Wilde accumulated almost two decades of film and television experience at the highest level.
Her career began in 2003, when she played Jewel Goldman in 'Skin' at age 19. Her imposing presence earned her a role to one of the teen dramas of the moment - The O.C. - in 2004.
Alex Kelly (Wilde's character) went through 'The O.C.' like a whirlwind. In just 13 episodes, she had time for romances with Seth Cohen and Marissa Cooper, i.e. Adam Brody and Mischa Barton.
Between 2004 and 2006, Olivia Wilde strung together a series of minor titles in Hollywood. They made her known as 'The Girl Next Door'.
In 2007, she entered 'House M.D.' as Doctor Remy Hadley, or "Thirteen" to her friends in the series.
Wilde's on-screen chemistry with Hugh Laurie was overwhelming. Moreover, the fact that her character was openly bisexual brought her great popularity that lasted for the three seasons she remained in the series.
In 2010, she ceased to be a main character in the series, although she would appear as a recurring character in the last two seasons. It was clear to Olivia Wilde, though, that she wanted to make the leap to film.
She played in 'Year One' (2009), 'The Next Three Days' (2010) and in the ambitious movie 'Tron: Legacy' (2010) where she gave life to Quorra. Olivia Wilde was so involved in the project that she even voiced Quorra herself in the film's videogame adaptation.
Jon Favreau turned her into Ella Swenson in 'Cowboys & Aliens' (2011), where she shared the screen with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.
That same year, she would have an important role in one of the most striking films of 2011: 'In Time'. She played the mother of Justin Timberlake - three years older than her in real life. Unfortunately, the interesting premise of the film was not executed accurately and it was no success.
Movies like 'Butter', 'The Change-Up', 'The Words' and 'Deadfall' led Olivia Wilde to share the screen with actors such as Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Bradley Cooper and Eric Bana.
Around the same time, the actress filmed the final episode of 'House M.D.', in which almost the entire cast took part. It was a memorable final episode that bid farewell to the series and to "Thirteen" in style.
In 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' (2013) she coincided with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. 'Her' by Spike Jonze, 'Third Person' by Paul Haggis and 'Rush' by Ron Howard were other impressive titles. In 'Rush', Olivia Wilde gave life to the 70s' supermodel Suzy Miller.
In recent years, the actress (by then in a relationship with children) played in 'Richard Jewell,' 'Life Itself,' and the series 'Vynil'. However, now that she's gotten one movie (and nearly two) under her belt as a director, people tend to see Olivia Wilde primarily as a director.
In 2016, she had her first taste of directing with the music video for the song 'Dark Necessities' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In 2019 Olivia Wilde directed 'Booksmart,' a comedy that critics described as the best of the year.
For 2021, the premiere of 'Don't Worry, Darling' will be a major event. The showbiz media will be eager to see whether Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles appear together on a red carpet at last.
Apart from her work, Olivia Wilde's activism has also drawn attention. She's an outspoken feminist and defender of animal rights. In fact, Olivia Wilde was one of the driving forces behind the 'Time's up' campaign against harassment at work and in school.