Olivia Wilde covers LA Times Magazine

Posted on July 06, 2011

She’s got that Cowboys & Aliens movie coming out (and the trailers look awful), so Olivia Wilde rummages through LA Times Magazine’s magic fashion closet and plays dress-up for their cameras.

Valentino Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Nimue Smit (WOMEN)

Olivia Wilde in the July 2011 edition of LA Times Magazine
Photographed by Rufen Afanador
Styled by Hayley Atkin

On balancing her work with the nonprofit Artists for Peace and Justice organization and her career: “I was crouched outside this cholera clinic, sitting on a cinder block with my phone, [about] to help hand out rice at a refugee camp and figure out how our students can build more classrooms. It was hard for me to be on the ball during that call, but I had to remember that acting is actually my job. Whenever I want to say, ‘F–k Hollywood,’ I have to remember that the reason I am even useful in Haiti is because I have a job here.”

On her lesbian scene with Mischa Barton still being quite popular on YouTube: “Oh, the joys of the internet. Nothing ever dies.”

On her role in Cowboys & Aliens: “I was shocked to see there weren’t many strong female characters in western cinema tradition.”

Bless her, she always seems to be giving it her all; doesn’t she? Likeable, but sometimes a bit too earnest. Still, we can’t fault a gal for doing good works, especially when she’s also at a fairly ambitious point in her career.

As for the pics, they’re somewhat standard Hollywood glam with a touch of the old school to them. Nothing particularly revolutionary, but the girl can work a camera; that’s for sure.

Marchesa Fall 2011 Collectio/Model: AJ Strutman

Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Caroline Brasch Nielsen (ELITE)

Stella McCartney Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Candice Swanepoel (IMG)

[Photo Credit: Rufen Afanador via latimesmagazine.com, style.com]

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  • Alyson Lamble

    I barely recognize her in these photos, and I would consider that a very bad thing.  Do like the Chanel on her, though.

    • http://profiles.google.com/alison.sigman Alison Sigman

      This has nothing to do with your comment, just that you spell your name like I always wish mine was spelled!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t know who she is, but the photos are pretty fabulous.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

      Picture her with very dark hair – she’s 13 on House and was in Tron Legacy.

      • Anonymous

        Wow, would never have recognized her from her House days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

    Ok, she is ROCKING that Chanel! Totally blows Rihanna away when she wore it.

  • Anonymous

    I want her hair.

    • Anonymous

      I am so with you there. It’s thick and wavy. I love the shade: not quite blonde and not quite brown.

    • Anonymous

      IS it her hair??  I was unaware of the transition!

    • Anonymous

      I’m pretty sure it’s a wig.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49702581 Susan Bullard Mayer

    Only the last photo remotely looks like her.

  • Anne Slovin

    Ooh, love the polka dots.  Also, there was an article in the NY Times magazine on Sunday about “strong female characters.”  I’m pretty sure I’m never going to be able to read that phrase again without cringing a little.

    • Anonymous

      Right? I mean, honey, women in westerns were mostly damsels in distress and the hos above the canteen… 

  • Anonymous

    “I was shocked to see there weren’t many strong female characters in western cinema tradition.”

    what rock did she just crawl out from under?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VW5XHSH45FBZ2ZEZJARYHILIZQ Leah

    Total girl crush. She is GORGEOUS. Beautiful clothes, nice poses.

  • Anonymous

    The hair is so late 1970s/early 1980s I can almost smell the hairspray from here (and can’t focus on what she’s wearing).

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    I love her so I’m biased, but the pics are pretty.  I wish they would have done something more interesting with her, though.  She’s good enough in front of a camera to make it fly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    Argh I hate that Stella McCartney collection!! But everything else thumbs up.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    It’s funny–all the clothes except the one she wears on the cover look hideous to me, but she looks great in them. She is so beautiful (though her specific beauty, as someone else noted, is only recognizable in the last photo) and, as you say, working every outfit to the last thread. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    do they say anywhere who did the hair? it’s really very good.

  • Anonymous

    As evidenced from the pictures here, OW is one of those celebrities with a strong jaw who just can’t get too skinny (too late) or her head looks too big for her body. The big hair here doesn’t help.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I had a hard time believing the cover was her! No wonder she was able to bag (and then dump) an Italian prince! She is just so beautiful! I love her unusual and nontraditional beauty. And she looks so comfortable and effortless in clothes and poses that clearly are anything but.

  • Anonymous

    I also thought that “strong female roles” line was a joke. In the “Cowboys and Aliens” trailer there are about 40 male characters—the town seems to have only one female resident (i.e. only one actress is getting paid to say lines), and she apparently appears naked. Yee-haw! I’m not giving the film makers any feminist credit just because the traditional lone-female-hottie character happens to get to shoot a gun or whatever it is that Olivia thinks makes her “strong”.

  • Anonymous

    She really breaths some life into that Valentino – great color. Made the moel look like death eats a cracker but looks fantastic on her.

  • Anonymous

    Boy, those polka-dots are everywhere!  

  • Anonymous

    Wow!  I’m not too famaliar with her or her work but she looks fantastic in these clothes.  She even makes that POS Marchesa dress look great.  And that is quite a feat…..

    • Jill Roberts

      Damn, I didn’t even notice how hideous that dress was until you pointed it out.  The Valentino is problematic too–would be unflattering on just about anyone.  Good choice to only photograph it from the waist up!

    • Jill Roberts

      Damn, I didn’t even notice how hideous that dress was until you pointed it out.  The Valentino is problematic too–would be unflattering on just about anyone.  Good choice to only photograph it from the waist up!

    • lilibetp

      Yeah, but only because her hands are pushing down the hip wing thingies and her hair is hiding half the shoulder wing thing.

  • Anonymous

    she is rocking the clothes and looks so much better than the models. that marchesa dress is horrid on the bored starved model but looks fabulous on olivia. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s weird. I think she looks amazing in the Chanel dress, but I also think it’s the only one where the clothes don’t look significantly better on her than the model. I wonder if that’s more a testament to the other model or to the fact that it’s the one legitimately attractive thing she was given to wear.

    I’m overthinking things again. So I’ll just settle back to: Oooh, pretty!

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

    I think she is stunning.

  • Anonymous

    Once again, here is a celebrity I have never heard of.  I really need to get out more.  She is very beautiful, and looks better than the model in every outfit.  

  • Mariah J

    She’s gorgeous. I can never really fault an old Hollywood glamour shoot.

  • MilaXX

    Nice pics, but she does nothing for me as an actress.

  • Anonymous

    The shoot may be standard, but she is gorgeous.  Jealous!!

  • Thea Churchill-Robson

    All I could think was “Jerry Hall” when I saw these, did not even recognize Olivia Wilde. 

  • Anonymous

    She makes me want that Valentino on the cover.

  • http://profiles.google.com/galalefey Gabriella Ripoll

    Too much photoshop – in particular I take offense to the liberal use of the blur tool. Bleh.

  • http://www.kittenmasks.com/ kittenmasks

    Who is this? She looks like an alien.

  • Anonymous

    This gal is 27. Twenty. Seven. I swear she looks at least 40 in these pictures.

  • Sarah Beth

    The photos look way over done, editing wise. The hair looks plastic and fake- and quite outdated. And in combination with Golden Girl’s  styling in the first photo it really doesn’t flow well as a spread. 

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    She’s gorgeous and I dig her.  I love her as Thirteen, and I love a western movie, so I’m hoping for the best with “Cowboys & Aliens”.  Its gotta be better than “Tron” its just gotta be!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DDOW3O44EZD4PZUGIJJKPAKRFU Kaliah

    Honey, that’s not the hair color for you.

  • Bree The Vole

    Hollywood glam doesn’t really suit her, but the pictures are nevertheless nice and she looks nevertheless incredible. I love how she gives everything her all (my favorite instance of that was when she portrayed Madonna in a trailer for a supposed Weird Al biopic) and she’s just so uniquely pretty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1550881905 Hildegerd Haugen

    She needs another hair colour because this makes her look like she is reaching 40 very soon.

  • http://twitter.com/kimsylvi SEK

    She DEFINITELY looks better as a brunette. That hair–some ppl are raving about it, but it looks total wig to me. And that last pic–did anyone else see the resemblance to Evan Rachel Wood?

  • http://twitter.com/annie_wonder Annie

    I swear to God, I would NEVER have recognised her from that cover shot. I was like “isn’t Olivia Wilde that girl from House?!”. Totally doesn’t look anything like her until the last photo. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

    Aw come on. COWBOYS VS. ALIENS LOOKS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!111

    Also I agree with another poster, she only looks even vaguely like Olivia Wilde in the last picture. I’m not digging the hair at all, and the editorial has been done to death.

  • Anonymous

    These look like they are from the 80s.  The hair and makeup remind me of old Jerry Hall photos.  Not sure whether that’s a good thing (i.e., whether this is a great reference to something retro or is simply a dated looking shoot).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

    She has that sort of face that wouldn’t be out of place in Studio 54. 

  • Anonymous

    She totally rocks the clothes and she looks beautiful, just not like herself…

  • Anonymous

    I find her so unlikeable and I don’t exactly know why. These pictures are pretty bad. There’s an 80s Dynasty vibe going on. Outdated and also approaching mall glamour shots. And the color of her hair is awful. Aren’t I cheery this morning?

  • Anonymous

    I find her so unlikeable and I don’t exactly know why. These pictures are pretty bad. There’s an 80s Dynasty vibe going on. Outdated and also approaching mall glamour shots. And the color of her hair is awful. Aren’t I cheery this morning?

  • Anonymous

    Love her in the Chanel. Would she be a better model for Chanel than Blake Lively?

    Earnest is an understatement! Maybe I am in a bitchy mood or misunderstanding that quote about her good works but find it annoying. She makes it sound the only way for to help out in Haiti is by being a Hollywood celebrity. Huh? Honey what Haiti needs is nurses, waste management engineers, electricians etc. Olivia learn those skills and I bet you will be more helpful than being some starlet distributing rice. I bet at this point there is plenty of Haitians capable of passing out rice. Other than participating in feel good disaster tourism what is her role there?

  • Anonymous

    Love her in the Chanel. Would she be a better model for Chanel than Blake Lively?

    Earnest is an understatement! Maybe I am in a bitchy mood or misunderstanding that quote about her good works but find it annoying. She makes it sound the only way for to help out in Haiti is by being a Hollywood celebrity. Huh? Honey what Haiti needs is nurses, waste management engineers, electricians etc. Olivia learn those skills and I bet you will be more helpful than being some starlet distributing rice. I bet at this point there is plenty of Haitians capable of passing out rice. Other than participating in feel good disaster tourism what is her role there?

  • http://profiles.google.com/alison.sigman Alison Sigman

    Ok first, I think Cowboys & Aliens will be amazing and if not, then I get to look at Daniel Craig for a couple hours. Second. Damn bitch can work that big hair. She looks fabulous.

  • Anonymous

    She is unrecognizable in these photos. Not a good thing for a gorgeous woman. I very much like the Chanel and the Stella McCartney is totally wow. She looks better than the model in the Marchesa, but not crazy about it. I still don’t think she looks like her beautiful self.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t believe nobody else looked at this and went JERRY HALL!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t believe nobody else looked at this and went JERRY HALL!

  • http://twitter.com/kmc1138 Kathleen Coyle

    She is one of the most beautiful human beings I have ever seen.  (And I think “Cowboys and Aliens” looks like great dumb fun!)

  • http://twitter.com/chsgirlblog Christy

    I think anyone could look this beautiful with that much photoshopping – so overdone! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYYAY25W7VS5BYCOCTK62SSUBI tw125

    Lobsterlen, I do think you’re misunderstanding her quote. She said that the only reason “she” is able to be useful in Haiti is because of her job.  Also when did it become a bad thing for celebrities to try to help people in need?  They have the time and money. Contrast that with a lot of the Republicans in Congress who are walking out of budget talks because Obama wants to raise taxes on billionaires.On topic: I like the blond hair on her. It softens her look considerably.  The clothes look good on her, which is saying something because, except for the Chanel, they’re all ugly. 

  • http://twitter.com/lightningvsbug Kallie Markle

    I think she’s a great actress (the only good part about ‘Tron: Legacy’) and model and I always enjoy her tweets and interviews. The ‘no strong female characters in Westerns’ IS a goofy statement, but maybe she means ‘considering the undoubtedly strong women who actually lived in ‘western’ times’ or something like that. 
    And I’m looking forward to ‘Cowboys and Aliens’! (OW, Daniel Craig and a fun summer Jon Favreau film? Totally!) So hush, haters! :)

  • Anonymous

    I think she & especially her hair! look fabulous here. Not exactly natural, if her appearance as Thirteen is accurate, but such is the glory of artifice. Props to the hair stylist.

  • Anonymous

    Jerry Hall