The photo gallery at Olivia Wilde Source has been updated with 2 new production stills of Olivia Wilde in the film “Butter”.
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Interview with Olivia Wilde, who plays Daniella in The Words:
1. Her character
The trailer for the film “Butter” has just been released! The film will be released on October 5th!
Justin Bieber has an invitation for you.
“You bring your friends. I’ll bring my friends. We can totally hang out.”
He wants you to join him for Fashion’s Night Out on Sept. 6.
Bieber and stars including Darren Criss, Victoria Beckham, Julie Bowen, Solange Knowles, Jessica Pare, Usher, Hailee Steinfeld, Taylor Swift, Kristen Wiig and Olivia Wilde are all helping to promote the shopping night and the new FNO Collection in a (cute) new video. From the special FNO collection, 40% of the proceeds benefit the New York City AIDS Fund in the New York Community Trust.
Some people use their fame to really not do much more than, well, be famous. Seemingly, they are more than content with being photo opportunities for the paparazzi and content for tabloids. Yet, although it’s probably not as much as most of us would like, there are moments when we will see someone who is using their celebrity for good rather than (just) for self; who takes the spotlight that they have and redirects it to something that they deem as being both relevant and important to our communities worldwide.
Such is the case when it comes to actress Olivia Wilde. Although many of us know her for movies that she has starred in including People Like Us, In Time, Cowboys and Aliens and Tron: The Legacy, recently, she has received media press for being inspiring more than entertaining. She is being recognized as being one of the founders of what is Haiti’s first free high school.
As the child of two journalists, Wilde’s connection with Haiti began in her childhood when she took a trip with them there to visit. So, when the devastating earthquake hit back in 2010, she was moved to return back to Haiti to assist with its clean up and restoration efforts.
Now Wilde serves as an official board member for the Port-au-Prince’s Artists for Peace and Justice school. It is an institution that makes a concerted effort to provide quality education to children who are living in poverty. This, along with several other charity efforts that she is a part of, has placed her name (among others) in a Conde Nast Traveler’s 2012 Visionaries feature.
The wonderful thing about this “free school” is that it is funded by the financial pledges of many individuals who are compassionate about the restoration about Haiti. Some of the donations have come from other well-known celebrities including Barbara Streisand and Russell Crowe. When the school opens its doors on October 12, 2012, it will welcome nearly 1200 students.
As for Wilde, one of the top things on her “wish list” as it relates to this endeavor is not that the students will receive the education that they need to become who they want to be someday (whether that’s becoming a doctor or lawyer or earning property management degrees so that they can help to further build their country), but also so that they will see the domino effect that comes with being a part of philanthropy movements; that they will not feel like they have to be rich in order to truly make a difference.
This is a really admirable mentality for a woman who is not even the age of 30 herself (she’s currently 28). Perhaps it will not just be her fame, but also her youth that will motivate other individuals closer to home to follow her example.
For now, Wilde is happy about the opening of the school and is on a mission to give people a greater impression of Haiti than simply an impoverished country full of devastation. She, along with other people who have been there, know firsthand that it’s also a place of great faith, miraculous hope and new beginnings. One project, one person, at a time.
Condé Nast Traveler has named Olivia Wilde as one of their “Visionaries 2012″ for her work in Haiti with Artists for Peace and Justice. Check out her profile, three videos from their visit and 7 photos below!
BEHIND THE SCENES
VISITING HER SCHOOL IN HAITI
A release date and synopsis for the film “Rush” has been announced! It will be released in theaters on September 20, 2013.
A new trailer has gone online for Deadfall, the debut crime-thriller from screenwriter Zach Dean that stars Eric Bana (Star Trek) and Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy). Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters), Deadfall follows a brother (Bana) and sister (Wilde) who flee from a casino robbery gone wrong. Making a run for the border, they draw an innocent family and the local law enforcement into their ordeal. Deadfall also stars Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams.
The film opens December 7th.
“I’m a huge lover of fashion, I just wish that their were more ways for me to combine my love of fashion with my love of philanthropy,” actress Olivia Wilde said.
Wilde, who has starred in Tron: Legacy and The Change-Up, has graced the red carpet in designer fashions from Marchessa and Gucci, but has also spent a considerable amount of her recent energy traveling in Haiti on behalf of the charity Young Artists for Peace and Justice, which she founded with friend Barbara Burchfield. The charity is the youth outreach division of Artists for Peach and Justice, which has the goal of building schools in Haiti—the first, the Academy for Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, opened in 2010. “We opened this secondary school not long after the earthquake,” Wilde said. “Every year we add more to the school so more students can be invited. We are the only free secondary school in Haiti.”
A big component of charity work is of course raising money. “We were doing traditional fundraising, but we were also searching for a creative way to fundraise, and we were really inspired by the idea of conscious commerce, products for a purpose and the movement that was happening with that,” Wilde said.
It’s that search that led Wilde and Burchfield to develop the “Message Bag” in collaboration with Alternative Apparel. “We were inspired by a bag that I always carried in Haiti, and old vintage army bag,” Wilde said. The $138 bag that is for sale is a cross-body that converts to a backpack, featuring vintage army canvas, pebbled leather trim and antique brass hardware. 20 percent of the bag’s proceeds will go to Academy for Peach and Justice—and Academy for Peace and Justice is screen-printed on the inside of the bag so consumers can remember exactly where their money is going. Alternative Apparel has also pledged to give bags, backpacks and other supplies to the school throughout the year as part of the collaboration.
“We are hoping to encourage people to consider where their dollars go, and to really understand the power of commerce,” Wilde said. “Your dollar is your vote, and everyone can really make a big difference because of that.”
Wilde hopes that a bag purchase will translate to sharing in the many moving moments she has had while working on the ground in Haiti, her favorite, seeing the school open. “These kids filed in in their perfectly pressed uniforms, their notebooks at the ready. It was really overwhelmingly beautiful,” she said. New programs being added to the school include a basketball program and various arts programs, which proceeds from the bag will help to support.
Wilde is of course not the first to launch a conscious commerce fashion product. Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson launched FEED Projects in 2007 with the aim of selling bags to defeat world hunger. Ralph Lauren has long supported breast cancer charities with various “Pink Pony” products. Still, conscious commerce is a movement that seems to be picking up steam with many fashion brands as both a marketing tool and a way to give back simultaneously. The movement also signals the new way that many companies are approaching corporate social responsibility. “I applaud all of the companies that are making this a priority,” Wilde said.
Olivia Wilde just keeps adding to her resume, releasing a sized-down messenger bag designed in partnership with Alternative Apparel. Sales of the limited-edition style, dubbed the “Message Bag,” will benefit the Academy for Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ELLE caught up with her at a release party that she attended in New York City on Monday night to talk summer fashion and guilty pleasures.
ELLE: Has the bag become a constant in your summer wardrobe?
Olivia Wilde: I’ve been carrying it a lot because it’s the perfect summer bag. It’s good for the beach and good for traveling—you can shove everything in there and it fits a lot more than it looks like it can. The collaboration came about because we were working with Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti, which is a very hot place, and every time we were down there, we’d live in Alternative Apparel maxi dresses, short dresses, and tanks.
ELLE: The bag can be worn multiple ways. How have you found yourself carrying it?
OW: I’ve done all of the options, but I really like it as a backpack—especially in New York, because it seems so useful.
ELLE: Have you fallen into any guilty pleasures over the summer?
OW: I recently watched the entire ninth season of Top Chef.
ELLE: Were you a Top Chef fan before that?
OW: Yes, but I’ve never [watched] it in such an extreme way. I was shooting in Chicago and working a lot, so I wasn’t going out at night. I’d go back to my house and just watch it every night. I couldn’t get enough of it.
ELLE: How quickly did you go through it?
OW: There are 22 episodes right? So 22 nights.
ELLE: One per night? You really restrained yourself.
OW: No, no. There were some nights when I was like, “I must know, I must know!” That show is definitely my major guilty pleasure.