9 Things You Didn’t Know About Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde first garnered recognition for her acting chops when she was cast as Alex on The O.C. and since then she’s become a bona fide star. With more television and film roles under her belt, she’s continued to evolve as an actress. Since she’s celebrating her birthday, we have 9 things you didn’t know about the gorgeous and talented star:
9. Olivia Cockburn
The Tron: Legacy star changed her name from Olivia Cockburn to Olivia Wilde when she was 18. She chose the surname “Wilde” after she played Gwendolen in Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest in high school. “At the time, I was doing The Importance of Being Earnest – I was playing Gwendolen, and I was so in love with it. Oscar Wilde is someone who I respect for so many reasons – a revolutionary, a comedian, and a profound thinker,” she told The Observer.
8. A Family of Journalists
Olivia Jane Cockburn was born in New York City on March 10, 1984, but grew up in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC. Her parents, Leslie and Andrew Cockburn, were both journalists and documentarians who worked for 60 Minutes, PBS, NBC, CBS and a number of other platforms. She comes from a long line of writers and journalists. Her uncles, Alexander and Patrick Cockburn, were journalists. Her aunt, Sarah Caudwell, was a writer. Her half-cousin, Stephanie Flanders, is a journalist, and her paternal grandfather, Claud Cockburn, was a novelist and journalist.
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