Olivia Wilde

Olivia meets women forging new lives in Kenya

The star of House and veteran activist traveled to Kenya with Nicholas Kristof to visit Ingrid and Jane at Jamil Bora and Rebecca in the Umoja Village.


Olivia Wilde at Umoja Village in Kenya

Photo by Jessica Chermayeff

As an actress and an activist, Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. She effortlessly transitions between sharing the screen with renowned actors to working alongside devoted doctors and teachers in Haitian refugee camps. Wilde will next star as Suzy Miller in Ron Howard’s Rush, a Formula One drama about the rivalry between drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). Production is set on location in London this spring. Most recently, she wrapped production on Warner Bros. next staple comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opposite Steve Carrell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey. Wilde plays a magician’s assistant to a once-successful and legendary Las Vegas magic duo (Carell and Buscemi) that reunite to face off against a hotshot “street” magician (Carrey).

In addition to her work on the big screen, Wilde appeared regularly for four years as Dr. Thirteen in the most watched television program in the world, House. While starring in films and popular television shows, Wilde manages to simultaneously give back to the community at large. Whether executive producing her own documentary highlighting crises in third world countries or directing a short film for Glamour Magazine, she continues to accomplish much in both the film and non-profit arenas.

Wilde traveled to Kenya with Nicholas Kristof to visit Ingrid and Jane at Jamii Bora and Rebecca in the Umoja Village.

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