It’s been four years since Olivia Wilde last visited Off Camera, and a lot has changed—she’s had another child, taken a step back from acting, and embarked on a completely different career path as a director. “I almost feel like someone who’s come out of the closet. There’s this feeling of honesty about what I really want to do, and it's a level of comfort that comes from being true to yourself that I haven’t felt in a long time.” Booksmart, her first feature film, offers a unique perspective on friendship and identity during one of the most tumultuous times in life: the high school years.Being an actress for so many years allowed Olivia to see behind the curtain into the directing process, whether it was Martin Scorsese on set of Vinyl, Ron Howard on the set of Rush, or Reed Morano on Meadowland. But learning what not to do from her less positive experiences was equally important. “Knowing that my actors were walking onto a set that was the exact environment that I would want for myself felt really great. I used all my bad experiences for something good.” A perfect example of that was shooting a sex scene on a truly closed set on Booksmart.At times, acting in TV and film was an isolating experience for Olivia, who would often be brought in to shoot a scene and then promptly whisked away to her trailer. She felt more like a caged circus animal than a creative human being, and she longed for a more collaborative environment.Olivia joins Off Camera to talk about the importance of zooming out on your life every once in a while, why cell phones are the enemy of storytelling (and our souls), and how Converse high tops can double as chastity belts.
Actress Olivia Wilde feels a constant attraction towards challenge. Having many credits to her name in acting, she welcomes the idea of breaking the mold set for actresses in Hollywood, opening up the conversation of a multidimensional female. Today on The Treatment, Wilde discusses her modern version of a coming of age film in "Booksmart" and her learning experience of fighting for creative say on her film.
It's three for the price of one on the latest episode of Soundtracking.First up is actress, producer and now director, Olivia Wilde, who makes her debut behind the camera with Booksmart. A coming-of-age comedy/drama starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanind Feldstein, it boasts a killer soundtrack and a super-cool score by Dan The Automater.As if that weren't enough, we then welcome director Dexter Fletcher and composer Giles Martin, who join forces to fabulous effect on the Elton John musical biopic, Rocketman. Starring Taron Egerton in the lead role and Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime collaborater, Bernie Taupin, the film features all the classics, reworked for the purposes of the narrative by Giles.But we begin with Olivia - who we can assure you knows and loves her music. As we mentioned, she's used a number of great needle-drops in Booksmart, including tracks by LCD Soundsystem, Lizzo and Anderson Paak. Dan the Automator, meanwhile, compliments her choices with his score, which more than passes as a standalone work of beats, breaks and dreamy electronica ...
With Antonia Quirke.
Actor turned director Olivia Wilde talks about her debut feature a high school comedy Booksmart, and reveals why she asked her two leads to live together before they started filming.
The Film Programme follows husband and wife team Geoff and Sarah Bird as they set up their first film festival, and take over the town of Skipton, showing movies on a barge, in the castle and down the pub.
Film buyer Clare Binns and movie critic Tim Robey report from this year's Cannes Film Festival.