WOMEN BEHIND THE LENS
Jesse Szymanski | January 20, 2021
Olivia Wilde is an American actress, producer, director, and activist. She is well known for her tv roles as Alex Kelly in The O.C. from 2004-2005 and Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley in the medical-drama series, House when she joined the cast in 2007 and appeared on the show until the series end in 2012.
Wilde made her directing and screenwriting debut with the film Free Hugs (2011) for Glamour Magazine's short film series, which was screened at various festivals.
In 2016, she directed a music video for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, teaming up with DP, Reed Morano. She then worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, directing the music video for their song "Dark Necessities." That same year, Wilde also directed an acclaimed live table reading of Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters at The New York Times’ small and packed-out Center Theatre.
Honing her craft behind the lens since 2011, Wilde made her feature film directing debut in 2017 with the high school comedy Booksmart, and as of now, it's rated 97% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes, from 271 critics' reviews. The Washington Post stated, "[as the film progresses] Wilde's filmmaking skills become more and more evident, bursting forth in a third act that builds into something beautiful and even transcendent." What's coming up for the actor, director and activist? Wilde will direct and produce an untitled holiday comedy project for Universal Pictures with her “Booksmart” partner Katie Silberman.
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