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Olivia Wilde on Living a Fulfilling Life

Olivia Wilde tells Urbanette what makes her tick — and why you should care.


There’s definitely nothing wild about Olivia. Not in a crazy or unruly way, at any rate. As far as I can tell, it’s being insanely beautiful, smart, and genuinely passionate about her causes that makes her stand out as an actress. Although of course, you can likely attribute her “normal” (or so she calls it) childhood — where one night she was having an (innocent) altercation with Mick Jagger (at age 5) and the next being surrounded by activists talking about world issues — as part of what helped form the outstanding woman that Olivia is today.

Olivia Wilde on Living a Fulfilling Life

She’s graced our televisions, the big screen and is now conquering the indie scene, but Olivia keeps her toes very much on the ground. Keen on finding out what Olivia has to say about her involvement in philanthropic activities, politics, and her desire to make the world a better place, we sat down and had a little chat with the Wilde one.

Urbanette Magazine: It’s obvious that you care about giving back. How did you initially get involved in philanthropy?

Olivia Wilde: It’s something we were raised with — a sense of responsibility, the idea of leaving the world better than how we found it. It was instilled in us quite young, my siblings and I.

Olivia Wilde on Living a Fulfilling Life

“Question everything.”

Urbanette: Sounds like it’s almost a part of your overall lifestyle. What other lifestyle choices do you think are worthwhile?

Olivia: I’m a big believer in the vegan lifestyle. I’ve been vegetarian since I was 12 and vegan for about eight years. I think vegan is the best lifestyle. I believe in it for many reasons — environmental, political and humanitarian.

Urbanette: It seems like it’s, thankfully, getting more common for artists and celebrities to be involved in philanthropy and world issues these days…

Olivia: I enjoy using the platform that I have in order to do good things, and to be a social justice warrior. It’s such a loss when someone has an audience and a voice and doesn’t use it.

I am a member of Artists For Peace and Justice, which is a wonderful organization. We support a local org in Haiti. And we run the only free secondary school in Haiti. And I’m so proud to be a part of that. I love traveling down there every few months, and being a part of something that is so effective, and I believe in standing over something that I have personal experience in.

Olivia Wilde on Living a Fulfilling Life

Olivia Wilde in Haiti

Urbanette: What makes your philanthropic activities unique from all the other artists out there?

Olivia: I think that my generation is defined by a new type of philanthropy. Philanthropy is no longer a word just for rich, older people who have fat checkbooks. It is an active philosophy, the idea of really participating, and going around the world and building wells, or saving trees or whatever your thing is. It’s active.

Urbanette: We’re both friends and fans of Hugh Evans and the Global Citizen Festival. Can you tell us more about that?

Olivia: It’s the only advocacy-oriented rock music festival. You can actually earn your way into the festival by participating, and it’s focusing on women and girls worldwide and ending global poverty. It’s the intersection of music and activism — all focused in the right place. At the festival, there are sixty thousand people on the great lawn in Central Park watching these incredible bands, and all these people watching around the world, it’s live-streamed to a dozen different countries, hundreds of millions of dollars being raised, and all of it is for the purpose of ending global poverty. It’s so powerful — I can hardly even believe it’s real!

Olivia Wilde on Living a Fulfilling Life

Olivia Wilde with Usher on stage at the Global Citizen Festival

Urbanette: You were also on Obama’s campaign trail years back. How do you feel about the current political climate? If there’s any advice you can give American citizens out there, what would it be?

Continue for more of this fascinating interview…

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 109 Comments

  1. Avatar of Anyssa Delorso

    Anyssa Delorso

    Thanks Urbanette for sharing this interview, I would never have thought she was vegan for such a long time. I’m not vegan, just trying to find people who can inspire me and make my decision easier…
    I’m wondering what was the thing that made her become vegan…If there is one in particular…

  2. Avatar of Janet Roper

    Janet Roper

    How is it possible that she just gets more beautiful as time goes on. Hope that’s how it goes for me! So inspired by her. She’s the definition of elegance!

  3. Avatar of Christina Cavanaugh

    Christina Cavanaugh

    Classy, intelligent, talented and brave… I’d love to be in her shoes just for one day to see what it’s like to have it all…

  4. Avatar of Daisy Clarke

    Daisy Clarke

    I love her movies and she seems like such a nice person. It would be great to meet her one day. 🙂

  5. Avatar of Mari Henderson

    Mari Henderson

    This woman impressed me since I was 12. I’ve never stopped loving her and watching her grow as a person and an actress. Seriously, it’s truly my honor to have had a role model like her. Lots of people aren’t as lucky. 🙂

  6. Avatar of Winona Miller

    Winona Miller

    ? Thank you for taking this interview. I’ve always loved her for her beauty and acting… but everything I read here is absolutely the icing on the cake ?? they couldn’t have picked a better role model to lead the movement!

  7. Avatar of Angelika J. Huntington

    Who could’ve thought she is 34?! She looks at most 25! I don’t know much about her personal life, but what I saw from her publicities makes me absolutely adore her. She is the epitome of class!

  8. Avatar of Monica Conover

    Monica Conover

    A true strong woman and a role model to young girls. As a mother to a daughter, I want her to have role models just like her, showing her that she can be both a strong and feminine woman at the same time who makes choices to reflect her strength and plan her future! ???

  9. Avatar of Joel Bonpensiero

    Peaches and cream, everyone’s dream. 😉 She’s my idea of the perfect woman!

  10. Avatar of Lauraine Neal

    Wow! So she’s all natural? She’s never had any plastic surgery or anything? Kind of hard to believe considering she’s an absolute 10 overall. Lucky her.

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