Olivia Wilde: Hollywood’s Newest Socially Conscious Star

We’re wild about Olivia Wilde‘s wisdom!

The Her actress, 30, is proving to be the latest socially conscious actress in Hollywood. She has spoken out on everything from divorce, to informed consumerism, to women’s rights — and we can’t help but take note.

The Rush star her fiancé, SNL alum Jason Sudeikis, expect their first child – a boy – to arrive late April or early May. And while publishing several photos of her maternity style as of late, I’ve been noticing that Olivia has a strong – and well informed – voice.

The O.C. alum has spoken about the lessons of divorce.

“The trauma of the whole thing has been humbling,” Olivia told Marie Claire of the split from Tao Ruspoli, an Italian prince whom she married at age 18.

She added: “Weakness is something we don’t like to admit we have. We hold it against people, until we experience it, and then we feel more compassion for it.”

“The mark of a good marriage is partnership and continuing to feel inspired by your spouse. I had that with Tao,” Wilde also told Glamour. “But the end is not necessarily the tragedy. Staying in a relationship that is no longer working is the tragedy. Living unhappily — that’s the tragedy.”

Couldn’t agree more, Olivia! Life is too short to be miserable, and I’ve given this exact advice to some of my girlfriends as they’ve faced the hard truths of their broken marriages.

While preparing for new motherhood, Wilde is building a new socially conscious business: Conscious Commerce.

The website asks people to donate to charity simply by buying products they are already planning to get. Conscious Commerce aims to connect brands with charities so that eventually, every purchase made will contain a giving back element.

“It should be shocking when a product isn’t somehow helping the people who made it,” Wilde tells Forbes of her new online endeavor.

Not only does she have some great relationship advice and a social consciousness, it seems Olivia is a strong advocate for women’s rights.

In a new pro-choice PSA, funnylady Sarah Silverman shares a visit with Jesus Christ, pushing the boundaries to shed light on women’s rights.

“This is f*cking great,” Olivia tweeted about Sarah’s PSA. “Go @SarahKSilverman go!! http://www.ladypartsjustice.com.”

And the House alum was recently a guest speaker at UCLA on the topic of women’s rights.

In preparation for her speech, Olivia asked her fans for comments.

“Friends, haters, it is Twitter poll time. What do you think most holds back justice and equality for women? All thoughts welcome,” she tweeted.

After making quite a buzz on social media after this request, she wrote: “I find it fascinating that I asked “what holds women back?” and many of you lashed out at me for being a “man-hater”. Projecting much?”

And in her latest piece for Glamour, titled, What Will They Think of Us in 75 Years?, we can hear her strong voice loud and clear.

In the thoughtful open letter, Olivia penned a comedic graduation speech written for a futuristic generation.

“Before she died last year in a tragic break-dancing accident, Gram-O—just peaking at age 104—loved to tell stories about life in 2014, the year she decided to start her own family despite the dismal forecast for global survival,” Olivia’s ‘future granddaughter’ wrote.

“It was a time of poverty, ecological crisis, the missionary position, and anal bleaching,” she joked. “A time before scientists realized the poisonous long-term effects of quinoa, and when plastic surgery (the cutting, sucking, and morphing of one’s face and body) was still legal and thriving.”

She continued: “It was a rough era for the planet too, when humans still used plastic materials (even to eat and drink out of!) and discarded waste into the oceans.”

“In 2014 white women were paid 77 cents and women of color were paid 64 cents for every dollar earned by a white man, even though more women went to college than their male counterparts,” she added.

Continue reading Olivia’s futuristic speech – which includes a look at “President Blue Ivy Carter” – at Glamour

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