When Olivia Wilde answers a question, she doesn’t beat around the bush. Unlike other actresses, a conversation with her feels like you’re having an actual conversation instead of one where the subject has been carefully trained to say the same sound bites over and over again. As the 29-year-old star explained to us at the Toronto Film Festival, “I am just very much myself” when talking to journalists.
In her newest film, “Rush,” which premiered at TIFF last week, Wilde plays Suzy Miller, a model who was married to Formula One racecar driver James Hunt. The movie is based on the true story of Hunt and his rivalry with fellow driver Nikki Lauda. Despite Hunt’s on-track accomplishments, it was his lifestyle out of the driver’s seat that earned him the biggest headlines. While he certainly didn’t hide his partying ways, it did a number on his marriage with Miller, who would eventually leave Hunt for legendary actor Richard Burton.
Wilde sat down with Moviefone to talk about playing the elusive Miller, her thoughts on turning 30, and why she’s so open with the press. Oh, and she’s really not a fan of plastic surgery for young women (keep reading; she’ll explain).
Moviefone: It must be tough acting alongside Chris Hemsworth. How do you concentrate without looking into his dreamy blue eyes?
The film premiered in England a few days ago. I assume it’s pretty nervewracking watching yourself attempt that accent in front a room full of Brits.
Did you meet Suzy Miller?
Yeah, it seems tough to find information about her, other than she was married to James Hunt and Richard Burton.
Yeah, celebrities were able to do that then.
It’s interesting to think there was a time you could do that.
But I feel like you personally have a pretty good relationship with the media. You’re pretty open about discussing anything.
So I recently read your column where you gave advice for turning 30 years old.
While it was definitely directed more towards women…
Well, I was going to say, the one thing I thought was really good advice for anyone under 30 was to not freak out about the great things that other people have done prior to that age — just concentrate on yourself.
Do you still find yourself having to keep that emotion in check, not wanting to look at other people’s accomplishments before they were 30?
The second piece of advice on there that I thought was interesting was about not getting plastic surgery at a young age. I feel like a lot of actresses don’t openly talk about that.
So I think that’s why people keep quiet about that. I wrote it because I am sort of tired of being quiet about it because I am just so sad about how much younger people are when they start getting surgeries now. I just see people every day with weird little Barbie noses and plumped-up lips. It makes me sad because you’re not even giving yourself a chance to see what you look like when you’re older! I feel like everyone gets better looking.
I also think there’s a pressure in Hollywood, particularly among actresses, that once you become older that people don’t want you as much because you’ve aged.
Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde drove into the Variety Studio on Saturday to discuss their Formula One pic “Rush,” which premieres Sunday night at the Toronto Film Festival.
“I likened it to Magic Johnson and Larry Bird,” Wilde said of Ron Howard’s new racing feature. “They were rivals who needed each other to achieve greatness.”
Based on the the true story of legendary Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt during the 1970s, “Rush” was a smooth operation from day 1, according to the actors, thanks to near flawless script from Peter Morgan.
“I was shooting ‘The Avengers’ at the time I read the script,” Hemsworth recalled. “And the idea of working with Ron (Howard) and a film that was written by Peter Morgan was a no-brainer.”
Morgan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Queen,” began writing the story of Lauda, a friend of his wife’s, on spec some years ago, intrigued by the driver’s courageous story.
“The dialogue was so sharp,” Wilde boasted of Morgan’s script. “I don’t think people expect from a film about sports, about athletes competing, that you’re going to have such sharp dialogue.”
“(Plus) it was nice to be on a movie which wasn’t being written while we were shooting–there’s a lot movies like that where at lunch they’re like ‘change the ending!’” she laughed.
The only real change, Wilde said, was that Russell Crowe was originally supposed to play billionaire Richard Burton in the film but that scene was eventually cut from the final draft.
“It was such a team effort,” Hemsworth said of independently financed film, applauding Howard for creating an environment where the actors felt free enough to make “the magic” happen, while also championing cinematographer Dod Mantle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), who next reunite with Hemsworth, Howard and Morgan again on their next project “Into the Heart of the Sea” for Warner Bros.
“We’re getting the whole team back together,” he said with a grin.
“Rush,” produced by Working Title Films and Imagine Entertainment, opens nationwide Sept. 27.
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Olivia Wilde and Emma Stone are the new faces of Revlon and Access was with them behind the scenes at their photo shoot where the playful pair quickly bonded.
Olivia Wilde, star of the new comedy Drinking Buddies, loves good IPAs and deep-fried PB&Js.
You recently Tweeted about eating a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich: “Never in my life has my stomach orgasmed so mightily.” Where did you encounter such a thing?
Your character in Drinking Buddies works at a brewery and constantly drinks beer—usually stout. What did you actually drink during production?
Did you have a decent knowledge of beer before doing the movie?
How about wine?
You mostly live in New York City these days. Any favorite restaurants?
You’ve spoken about “self-medicating” with food during tough times. What are your comfort foods of choice?
When I was in Japan a little while ago, I picked up the idea of having miso soup for breakfast, which I think is genius. When you wake up at 5 a.m. and you feel cold and nauseous, it fills you up and warms you up, and it’s loaded with nutrients.
Olivia Wilde dreams of performing in London’s West End theatres.
The ‘Rush’ actress would love to swap the big screen for the stage, but she has so many upcoming movie commitments she is unable to make room in her busy schedule.
When quizzed on possible theatre plans at the world premiere of ‘Rush’ in London’s Leicester Square on Monday night (02.09.13), she told BANG Showbiz: ”I have no time but that’s something I would love to do. Absolutely. It’s such a dream.”
The 29-year-old beauty turned heads by exposing her cleavage and midriff in a black Gucci blazer on the red carpet and it seems Olivia took inspiration from her supermodel character Suzy Miller – wife of playboy race car driver James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth – in the new Formula One biopic, who she believes was equally daring.
She explained: ”She was so cool to play because she epitomises the glamour of the time. She was fearless and confident, and I think she was James’ match. She wasn’t intimidated by him. She wasn’t a long-suffering wife, she was a supermodel and it-girl of the time. They fell in love really quickly and it didn’t last, but I think it was a real hot romance.”
New York-born Olivia – who is dating ‘We’re the Millers’ star Jason Sudeikis – adopted an English accent for the part of Suzy and she admits it wasn’t too difficult because her father, journalist Andrew Myles Cockburn, was born and raised in London.
She added: ”My father has an English accent, so I’ve grown up with it. I didn’t stay in the accent in between shots consistently, but I tried to stay in the rhythm. It helped that the crew had an English accent so I tried to listen to them and stay in it.”
Olivia was joined on the red carpet by co-stars Chris and Daniel Bruhl, ‘Rush’ director Ron Howard, and a host of celebrities including Naomi Campbell and Chris’ brother Liam Hemsworth.
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Although he’s mainly associated with Thor, Chris Hemsworth has proven himself to be a very charismatic actor, even if the movie he’s in isn’t very good (see RED DAWN for example). So even though he can be seen as Thor again in November’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD, I’d say I’m more excited to see him in Ron Howard’s RUSH. Today we get a new clip from the film featuring him talking things over with Olivia Wilde, who’s not quite pulling off that British accent. Check it out below and see for yourself. RUSH stars Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Stephen Mangan, Christian McKay, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jamie de Courcey, Pierfrancesco Favino and Natalie Dormer. The Ron Howard directed film races into theaters on September 27th.