VARIETY – Olivia Wilde has signed a deal with Sony Pictures to develop and direct an untitled, female-centric Marvel film project for the studio, sources have told Variety.
Representatives for Sony and Marvel had no comment about the project. Speculation has arisen in the recent months about Sony developing a movie centering on the Spider-Woman character.
PEOPLE – When it comes to raising her young children — Daisy Josephine, 18 months, and Otis Alexander, 4 on Friday — with Jason Sudeikis, mother of two Olivia Wilde says she’s not forcing them into anything.
The Booksmart director and Chief Brand Activist for True Botanicals tells PEOPLE for this year’s The Beautiful Issue that she finds it intriguing how kids have no judgment over gender-specific activities or colors, and wants to keep it that way for as long as she can.
“[Otis] loves Moana, obviously, and when he thinks about Moana, he thinks of himself as Moana,” says Wilde. “I love hearing him sing … it’s the best when you can watch them singing in the backseat of your car, and he’s just like, ‘I wish I could be the perfect daughter!’ And he’s just belting it out.”
She continues, “That’s so great because at a certain age he’s going to be like, ‘Well, I can’t, that’s … ‘ you know, and he still doesn’t judge things like pink, or dance or gymnastics. These aren’t things that are gender-specific yet.”
“I don’t know why at a certain point we tell them that’s for boys and that’s for girls, but I’m going to do my best to not force that delineation,” the actress declares.
W MAGAZINE – Google actress Olivia Wilde’s name and you’ll find an impressive reel that includes credits like Her and Vinyl, which is, of course, not surprising. What may be surprising, however, is that Wilde quietly teamed up with eco-beauty brand True Botanicals earlier this summer. “I feel lucky to be their chief brand activist, because I have the chance to introduce people to a safer way to feel beautiful,” says Wilde. Here, she sounds off on adventures at Whole Foods, set life on the show House, and which products she trusts for her ethereal glow.
Was motherhood the big wake up call in cleaning up your beauty routine?
Yes, absolutely. We often don’t consider what we’re putting on our skin until we’re responsible for growing another human. Why can’t we be that thoughtful on behalf of just ourselves? I was struck by how serious the warnings were about the dangers of skincare while pregnant. Why is it okay to expose ourselves to such harmful chemicals at any point in our lives?
How did you find out about the lack of regulation in the beauty industry?
I was not aware of the complete and utter lack of regulation in the American beauty industry until I met Hillary [Peterson] and Christina [Mace-Peterson] from True Botanicals. I knew the US was behind in terms of regulation, but I was not aware of just how far behind. The EU has banned more than 1300 ingredients. The US has banned 20. It is beyond shocking. It’s sad.
Please welcome Professor Olivia Wilde to the class.
The actress treated students in a Made in NY production-assistants training program to what might be the best April Fools’ Day “prank” ever.
As part of WhoSay and Chevrolet’s #BestDayEver campaign, celebs including Alec Baldwin, Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed and Norman Reedus surprised students in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.
Wilde shared stories from her personal journey in the movie business, including her unglamorous start as a production assistant.
“There is no worse PA than me. I was the worst,” Wilde told the class. “I mean, one of my only jobs was to get lunch, and I would screw that up every day.”
“Then I learned a really important lesson: as long as you get the boss’s lunch right, no one else matters,” she continued. “So, I would get one lunch correct, and everyone else’s order I would sort of not quite get it down.”
The new mom also recalled meeting her future costars – with coffee in hand.
“I was the one with the clipboard, I was the one getting coffee,” she said. “It’s funny because now I’ve worked with a lot of actors who I brought coffee to, and you can always judge someone’s character by how they treated you when you were a PA.”
Wilde went on to discuss why starting out as a PA makes a person a better overall contributor on set.
“Anyone who didn’t start from the ground up and didn’t understand what it takes to make a production work, isn’t going to be that great at their job,” she said. “And they certainly are not going to truly respect every person and every part of the process.”
So why did the star decide to return to the classroom?
“I agreed to do it because I thought it was a great concept,” Wilde told PEOPLE. “I really love creative advertising, and I think when a big company like Chevy decided to take this approach and create a special experience for people, not only do I think that’s smart advertising but I just admire it as a way to give back.”
“Sometimes we forget the value of just making one person’s day,” she continued. “I thought this was a chance to maybe give a handful of people a special moment. And actually what it turned out being is a special day for me.”
The students agreed it was definitely a day made.
“I was shocked! She peeked her head in the door and I was like ‘Okay, she’s really here, let me keep my composure,'” one student told PEOPLE. “It was the best April Fools’ prank – this is really huge!”