ByMatthew Chapman, writer at
Male. Australian. Nerd. Twitter: shuey1984
Matthew Chapman

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Olivia Wilde!

Happy Birthday.
Happy Birthday.

Born to journalists Leslie and Andrew Cockburn, Olivia Jane Cockburn was born in New York City on the 10th of March 1984.

The professional name of "Wilde" came to be in high school as a dedication to Irish poet and writer, Oscar Wilde and a homage to the writers in her family, many of whom created pen names for their careers

Wilde won a pancake eating contest while in Australia, eating a whopping 33 pancakes in only 20 minutes.

Beginning her career back in 2003 on the short lived Skin, Wilde went on to star in TV shows such as The O.C, House M.D. and has appearances on Robot Chicken, Portlandia and BoJack Horseman.

Olivia Wilde as Dr. Remy 'Thirteen' Hadley on House
Olivia Wilde as Dr. Remy 'Thirteen' Hadley on House

Wilde's first movie came in 2004 in The Girl Next Door, alongside Emile Hirsch and Elisha Cuthbert before starring in Cowboys & Aliens, In Time, The Change-Up, Butter, Drinking Buddies, Rush and Her.

Now here are my Top 3 Olivia Wilde roles (if you hadn't guessed by the titles omitted from the above lists!).


The Black Donnellys revolves around four young Irish brothers are caught up in the world of organised crime in New York and starred Wilde alongside Jonathan Tucker, Billy Lush and Kirk Acevedo.

I first came across this show late at night on Australian TV and instantly fell in love with it but unfortunately it only lasted one season before cancellation but thanks to the wonderful website, Amazon, I own the box set to watch over and over.

The Black Donnellys.
The Black Donnellys.


Wilde starred, as Quorra, alongside Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund in the sequel to the 1982 film, Tron.

I had heard of Tron before but didn't watch it until this was released on Blu-ray and I personally preferred this over the first. The colours, the technology, the cast were all amazing, a film I can put in and just sit back and enjoy. I even loved the game, Tron: Evolution.

Quorra in Tron: Legacy.
Quorra in Tron: Legacy.

ALPHA DOG (2006)

Starring alongside a stellar cast including Emile Hirsch, Vincent Kartheiser, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Foster and Anton Yelchin, Wilde stars as Angela Holden in the Nick Cassavetes written and directed film based on real life events.

I can't even remember what got me to watch this movie but I'm beyond glad I did. It's a brilliant, very well done, movie, an emotional roller coaster with a brilliant cast.

If you ever have doubt about Justin Timberlake moving into acting, this movie will change your mind. I will admit, I was hesitant in the beginning but by the end I was entirely convinced of his acting capabilities.

The cast of Alpha Dog.
The cast of Alpha Dog.

Next up Olivia Wilde can be seen in The Lazarus Effect and Meadowland, where she will also serve as a producer.

What's your favourite Olivia Wilde performance? Let me know in the comments below!


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