The sexy 27-year-old actress Olivia Wilde is an avid reader who speaks Spanish and fell in love with flamenco in a long trip she made to Seville. In Los Angeles we had the opportunity to talk with Olivia Wilde whose film "Butter" will be released this autumn.
Q: What type of heroes you like to read about?
A: For me, the biggest inspiration was Joan of Arc. She is this unlikely warrior that she is both a child and a warrior that she’s very strong, but very, very compassionate, and completely led by selflessness, also, she seems to be in touch with some higher power.
Q: Do you speak Spanish?
A: Yes. I used to live in Spain. I spent 3 months in Seville where I had the opportunity to learn flamenco and the language.
Q: Are you a flamenco fan?
A: I love flamenco music. I have two dogs one is called Lola in honor of Lola Flores and the other is called Paco in honor of Paco de Lucía.
Q: Do you read Spanish authors?
A: I don’t read in Spanish but definitely I read Spanish authors as I’m an eager reader. When I was very young, I dreamed of having long stretches when I would be able to read a book
Q: You worked a lot lately. Are you a workaholic?
A: I try, I’m a bit of a workaholic. I've been working professionally since I was 18. So I just spend a lot of time doing that but I remind myself I have to let loose and have fun. And luckily I surrounded by people who make my life really fun and do find ways to do that, but at the moment I'm lucky to be working so much that won't be around forever I'm sure. A lot of what other people of my age are doing with their time – spending summer away, doing nothing and having fun – that's not for me right now. I'm having too much fun doing the work that I love. I strive for that balance continuously to find ways…
Q: So what do you do for that balance?
A: I like to go dancing. I like to see live music. I like all types of dancing. I grew up as a ballerina and then I did a lot of dancing, hip-hop and all sorts of dancing. I love to go to any kind of live music and dancing... that's probably what I love doing the most. I love old music; I’m really into the soul music. I mean I’ll find a Dance Bar and a jukebox and have a wonderful night, you know, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
Q: How do you describe yourself?
A: I'm tough! I have pretty high standards. I don't think that's bad. I'm glad that I have high standards. But the whole concept of it is sort of foreign to me. So … I don't know I suppose I'll learn more about it...
Q: Will you change to anybody or it's fine to be Olivia?
A: I'm open to changing because I'm open to learning. I think I've changed over the years and I hopefully become a more complete balanced person. And part of a great relationship is learning from other person, being inspired from them, opening up your world to new types of things whether it's literature, music, art whatever it is it expends your horizons. So I'm in no way stuck in my way. I'm completely open to expansion. And I should enjoy that process – want someone allows you to change and escape your own limits.
Q: Do you have any thoughts about being role model? Do you feel like one?
A: I've always taken this sort of platform very seriously. It's a huge responsibility to have a wide audience. And I think I realize that for the first time when years ago I was on DOC and I had never really seen the show I didn't know how much of a wide audience it had and I was very shocked by the reach that it had. That was a point when I realize: everything you put out there you've got to be stand by and you have to be proud of. And your voice... an offhand comment to a journalist or in front of a crowd is going to affect someone. That's when I started really taking my platform seriously in terms of my political activity and all. So I do think the idea being a role model is something not to be taking lightly. And when I think of the people who I looked up to when I was young and I would be reading about Meryl Streep and what she was doing with her career and also being a mother and a wife and having a family and being a smart person or whether it was reading about Katharine Hepburn and how she conducted herself in a much different world of Hollywood. I think the idea of the role model is something that... you know it's a serious one because you can seriously affect someone's life. I've also played characters as you know that portray a certain lifestyle that people out there in the world are struggling with, you know I’ve played two bi-sexual characters and I've had people come up to me in the world and say: “listen, you really helped me deal with my own sexuality and I accept it in myself because I saw something you did... “ It seems crazy that something on a TV show would sway someone as they're struggling with themselves but it happens. And it's a responsibility. So yeah I take it seriously.
Q: You come from a family with a lot of writers and journalists how that influenced with you?
A: I trust no one!
Q: Is that true?
A: My grandfather has a great quote which is “believe nothing until it's been officially denied”. So that's run through my family. The way that we were brought up is to think for ourselves, to seek the truth for ourselves... and our great love for the written word and that certainly something that's paramount my decisions about what movie to do. I'm a stickler for a material – I can't trust material will get better later. You know if it's not there on a page I don't believe it's gonna be fixed in editing. A lot of people try to say: “yeah, yeah, yeah just do the movie – they'll fix the script”. That's just really cut up for me.
Q: Can you give us one example? Something you've done?
A: No, usually I don't do those movies! Even if I loved the script I still wanted to know that there was a way for me to give my little imprint under the character. David was so open minded. I knew it was gonna be fun. But there are movies when they say “no”.