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20Q: Olivia Wilde
  • February 17, 2011 : 20:02
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PLAYBOY: Most people can't even say they have a castle.

WILDE: That's true. In America we're still so young. The oldest building in Los Angeles is probably from the 1920s. But this castle is so old, it's practically from another planet. There are dungeons in the basement where they used to torture people. There's a table down there that, when they sanded it, still had blood stains from hundreds of years ago. Medieval times weren't fun times to be alive.


PLAYBOY:You and Ruspoli had your wedding on a school bus. Shouldn't a princess be able to afford something a little more extravagant?

WILDE: We didn't want that. The bus was the only place we could be completely alone. The wedding was a secret, and we wanted to do it someplace where we could hide with our best friends. It was all about the intimacy of the promise we were making. When I go to weddings it's usually all about the party and the place settings and the dress and the flower arrangements. Our wedding wasn't about any of that. I mean, come on, we got engaged at Burning Man. We were hippies. We lived on that bus for months.


PLAYBOY: As somebody who has called a school bus home, do you have any helpful tips for bus living?

WILDE: Limit your possessions. We tend to cart around a lot of unnecessary junk with us. I used to lug around everything, just in case I needed it, and the truth is, of course you don't. When I travel I've learned to narrow it down to only the things I absolutely need.


PLAYBOY: And what would those things be?

WILDE: A change of clothes is always good. And for meâ-I inherited this from my dadâ-my biggest fear is being stuck somewhere with nothing to read, so I always carry too many books. That's my one excess. I also have this thing that I'm very sensitive to smell, so I carry around different essential oils. If you're stuck in an airport in Dallas, you can pull one out and it'll make you feel as though you're where you want to be.


PLAYBOY: In the upcoming movie Cowboys and Aliens you're part of the human uprising against an extraterrestrial invasion. Do you believe aliens exist?

WILDE: Well, as Stephen Hawking says, we have no reason to believe they don't exist. But I don't know why they'd be interested in us, unless they're trying to stop us from destroying the universe. There's a certain amount of arrogance in thinking they'd want to come to this planet at all or that they'd look like us or like versions of us. I love Moby's video "In This World," where the aliens are tiny little creatures who wander through New York City, holding little signs that say hello and hola, but nobody can see them. Who's to say that's not the form they're taking?


PLAYBOY: You collect classic cars. What's your dream car?

WILDE: I think I own itâ-a 1958 Chevy Biscayne. It's cool because I grew up wanting the 1954 Bel Air, but that car is almost too perfect. There's something about the Biscayne that's a little funkier. My husband has a 1959 Thunderbird convertible, and it's awesome. It's cream with a red interior. It's gorgeous; it looks like a shark. I love our cars, but we don't drive them as much as we should. They suck up so much gas, and they're not exactly eco-friendly.


PLAYBOY:Isn't it a crime to own a car like that and never drive it?

WILDE: Probably. The great thing about driving one of these cars is that it makes other drivers happy. People smile at you and let you cut in. It's as if they're grateful you're still driving it. But the cars are not exactly discreet. My life has changed so that I try to blend in more. When I was younger it was always about standing out and being different. Now the last thing I want to do is drive down the street and call attention to myself. That's what driving my Biscayne does.


PLAYBOY: You once won a pancake-eating contest in Australia, eating 33 pancakes in just 20 minutes. Were you born to be a competitive eater?

WILDE: I entered the contest only because they said a woman could never win, and that's a surefire way to get me to do something. I've always had a huge appetite and don't get full easily, so I guess I was meant to be a competitive eater, the way some people are born to be long-distance runners. But I'd never do it again.


PLAYBOY: In your movies you've played both a brunette in Alpha Dog and a blonde in Turistas. Do blondes have more fun?

WILDE: No, that's bullshit. It's not true at all. But I have to give credit to blondes. Having been raised by one and being one, it's great to surprise people when they have low expectations. Often stupid people expect nothing from a blonde, and then the blonde can shock them by being Hillary Clinton. I'm pretty sure she has fun. I mean, she gets to travel everywhere, eat amazing food in all these different countriesâ-you know she's having a great time. And she probably enjoys being underestimated just so she can blow people away.


PLAYBOY: Megan Fox once declared you so sexy it makes her "want to strangle a mountain ox." You're a big PETA supporter; is threatening to strangle animals the best way to win your heart?

WILDE: I thought it was a witty, clever choice of words. There are a lot more boring ways to compliment someone, and it's rare when actors in this business compliment each other. I'm sure she means no harm to the mountain oxen. Shortly after Megan said that, a writer on House who's also one of my best friends drew a mountain ox on my dressing room mirror and underneath it wrote Save me, Olivia! Please make out with Megan!

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  • Anonymous
    I just love Olivia. She's such a genuine person.
  • Anonymous
    Brilliantly sexual I wish she wasn't married seriousness