My feminist: Olivia Wilde 

Olivia Wilde, originally born as Olivia Jane Cockburn, was born on the 10th of March, 1984 in the city of New York in the United States of America. Olivia is a an activist and an actress who roles in movies and well-known tv shows.

Her family and life

Olivia Wilde’s parents are Leslie Cockburn and Andrew Cockburn who both work as journalists. Her father, Leslie Cockburn, comes from a British family while her mother, like Olivia, was born in America. Olivia’ roots go back to Britain, Scotland, Germany, Ireland and the Isle of Man. She grew up in Washington DC and attended school there; she then also attended the Philips Acamy in Andover, located in Massachusetts, and finished schooling in 2002. Her father, who was English-born , later became a citizen of Ireland; this thus gave Olivia a double citizenship- American and Irish. She then briefly studied at an Irish institute, the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. After completing her studies, Olivia then moved onto to acting in several films and tv shows. She first featured in the tv series “skin” in 2003, but that was very short-lived. And then, not discouraged the slightest, she acted in the Hollywood movie “The girl next door” which was released in 2004 and the in 2004’s “The OC”. The movie, “The OC” gave her a lot of public recognition but Olivia only struck fame when she started play Dr. Remy in “House”. She has since been riding the rollercoaster of success by staring in movies such as “The words” and “People like us” (2012).

Olivia Wilde in high school

Olivia Wilde and her parents

Olivia Wilde plays Dr. Remy in the TV series “House”.

 Being an activist, Olivia launched Consciousness Commerce which is a philanthropic company in 2013. The purpose of this company was to promote a way of living that is “conscious”. She did this by promoting causes, brands, people and lifestyles that are making up a new way of living in our modern society. She is also the face of H&M’s latest Conscious Exclusive Collection; the collection’s items are made of organic and recycled materials so Olivia Wilde also promoted the reduction of pollution by proving that even something such as clothing can be made from recycled material.

Olivia Wilde’s feminist self

She is a board member of Artists For Peace and Justice and is also a part of the foundation board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). By being in such leadership and contributing to such organizations that are making  difference slowly,slowly each day, Olivia is an inspiration to woman, and by simply being where she is with her life, she is making a statement that anyone can be and achieve whatever they want regardless of stereotypes regarding women and certain people in general.

Olivia Wilde wearing H&M’s collection
Olivia Wilde sees and acknowledges the influence Hollywood has on the public image of women. She believes that the media and Hollywood has to be responsible for the way they portray women. She believes that women should be showed in empowering roles. She is a true feminist as she realizes that there is a gender equality and strongly believes that something needs to be done to equate the sexes and by using her fame as an advantage when it comes to raising awareness, she is making a difference. Here are her direct words: 

“We have to do a better job of representing different lifestyles and women in empowered roles because literally everyone is seeing this stuff that we [in Hollywood] put out. So we have to be more responsible for what we do put out.”

Here is a video that portays her as a feminist in action:

Here are quotes from the video:

“I don’t know if some of you have been to these live reads at LACMA, where a classic film is read live on stage by actors who just sit and read the script. We did one recently of American Pie, but we reversed the gender roles. All the women played men; all the men played women. And it was so fascinating to be a part of this because, as the women took on these central roles — they had all the good lines, they had all the good laughs, all the great moments — the men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast. It was fascinating to feel their discomfort [and] to discuss it with them afterward, when they said, “It’s boring to play the girl role!” And I said, “Yeah. Yeah. You think? Welcome to our world!” “

“It’s really hard to get stories made that are about women — not just women being obsessed with men or supporting men. And it’s really hard to get men to be a part of films that are about women in a leading role. I’m really interested in how we can adjust that, considering that it’s all just based on demand.”

Feminism is the belief that men and women should get equal rights and opportunities. Olivia Wilde can be classified a feminist as she strongly believes in feminism. In the “State of female justic” video, we see her challenging gender inequality and putting the theory of feminism into practice and she did so by taking the script of a well-known movie “American pie” and inverting the roles of men and women. Normally the men would have gotten the lead role and the charismatic and complex characters while the women got flat characters but once inverted, the script was still as enticing regardless of the gender of each character. Feminist America brought the fact that we are all equal and that any gender can play any role to the public eye.

Olivia Wilde at the State of Female Justice panel.

Olivia Wilde talks about her experience regarding how media, Hollywood to be specific, puts certain standards and stereotypes about how women of a certain age and just women in general should wear:

Thanks lovelies❤️ I hope you enjoyed the videos and learned a lot about the feminist, Olivia Wilde🎀


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