Olivia Wilde for InStyle Magazine

Posted on January 09, 2020

“Booksmart” director Olivia Wilde covers the February 2020 issue of InStyle magazine photographed by Pamela Hanson and styled by Karla Welch.








On what the word “badass” means to her: “If you had asked me this a few years ago, I would have said, ‘Oh, I’ve been skydiving. I have tattoos. I’m ballsy.’ But hands down, directing a movie is the most badass thing I’ve ever done because it is the scariest thing I’ve done. It forced me to tap into my inner strength, and you know what? That may be the most badass thing of all.”

On being the first in her family not to go to college: “I remember meeting Scarlett Johansson at a party when we were 16. She was already making movies, and I was like, ‘Ugh, I’m so behind.’ So, I leapt into work. By the way, Jason [Sudeikis, Wilde’s partner] didn’t go to college either, so we’re already prepared for our kids to say they don’t want to go. I’ll carry my own baggage into that conversation when I encourage them to go.”

On being confident while directing: “Steven Spielberg has said that as a director, you must never let an actor see your fear. And I actually think that allows you to manifest confidence. It’s like when I’m with my kids and there’s turbulence on a plane, I’m the first one to say, ‘This is great! This is fun!’ And then I actually feel calmer.”

On raising her daughter Daisy to be strong and independent: “With Daisy, I have witnessed how women are born with an incredible amount of strength and that society quickly pushes them to assume the more feminine role. I mean, I love that Elsa is looking pissed off on the Frozen 2 poster, but there’s still an awful lot out there that’s encouraging young women to make themselves the weaker sex. My role is to be a safe zone of support that’ll hopefully counteract what society will inevitably do to them.”

On why she loves a low-rise jean: “I’m still pretending to be a teenager from the early aughts. My most comfortable state is when I’m wearing low-rise jeans, sneakers, and a sweatshirt. In that, I am unstoppable.”


Style Credits:
Cover: Christian Dior Dress | Maria Canale Petal Diamond Ball Drop Earrings
Image 1: Max Mara Jacket and Trousers | Victoria Beckham Blouse | Foundrae Ring (on right hand)
Image 2: Salvatore Ferragamo Shirt | Brunello Cucinelli Trousers | Irene Neuwirth Earrings | Oscar de la Renta Belt | Chloe Gosselin Heels
Image 3: Brandon Maxwell Dress | Belperron Earrings | Ring (on left hand), her own | Victoria Beckham Pumps

Hair by Lona Vigi
Makeup by Mélanie Inglessis


[Photo Credit: Pamela Hanson/InStyle Magazine]

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