Olivia Wilde


If 19-year-old Olivia Wildewrote a how-to book on getting a series, it might be called, “Going From Boarding School to TV in a Few Measured Steps.”

While she didn’t walk out of Massachusetts’ Phillips Academy Andover onto the L.A. set of “Skins,” her bio in the show’s press packet is just 3.5 lines long — rounding up.

During summers, the Washington, D.C., native acted at the capital’s Studio Theater and at the Gaiety Theater in Ireland. Her first meaty part was in “The Crucible” at 13; at 14, she was displacing high school seniors for lead roles in works of Shakespeare. That year, a friend introduced her to a manager. He signed Wilde and she auditioned by videotape from school.

One week after graduation, she came to L.A. to intern with casting director Mali Finn and submerge herself in Hollywood before enrolling at New York’s Bard College. Through Finn, she scored her first film role in the soon-to-be-released “The Girl Next Door.”

Then, she landed her first TV role of the gutsy-but-sheltered Jewel on Fox’s modern Romeo and Juliet story “Skin” — where Juliet is the daughter of L.A.’s porn king and Romeo is the son of the D.A.

“The producers took a risk by investing their show in a totally unknown actress,” says Wilde. “They really took a gamble. I hope it’ll pay off.”

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