Olivia Wilde is one of those naturally beautiful women who could wear a burlap sack and make it look like a Chanel gown.
Dressed in a white t-shirt decorated with a painted man’s face on the front and pin-stripped grey pants (a gift from a friend) and high heels for an interview, Wilde seems to be as blissfully unaware of her stunning image as the character she plays in her new dramedy “Drinking Buddies.”
A soon-to-be bride—she is engaged to former “SNL” cast member Jason Sudeikis as the boulder-size diamond on her left ring finger attests—Wilde (best known as the smart but emotionally troubled doctor on “House”), says it was fun playing a blue-collar worker who just wants to be one of the guys at a Chicago craft-brewery but ends up causing chaos when she and one of her co-worker friends (“New Girl’s” Jake Johnson) have a romantic fling one weekend. Problem is both Wilde’s character Kate and Johnson’s Luke are involved with other people. “Up in the Air’s” Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston (“The Conjuring”) co-star.
The 29-year-old Wilde spoke about her new film, written and directed by Joe Swanberg (“Hannah Takes the Stairs”) at a recent Los Angeles press day.
Q: Do you think that Luke and Kate are soul mates that are meant to be?
Wilde: No. Maybe in their early 20s we think they could have had something. But it’s too intense to have them in the same relationship in their late 20s-early 30s. Also, I think what makes them such great friends is, in part, the fact that they are very low maintenance friends. Kate is not very sensitive. That’s what makes her a terrible girlfriend to Luke. There is someone for Kate, I believe it. I hope she finds love. But it is impossible for those two to be in a romantic relationship because Luke needs someone more nurturing.
Q: Kate needs the same kind of partner Luke needs, right?
Wilde: Yeah. She kind of has that in Ron’s character but he senses that she’s not really present in it. She needs someone as sensitive who wants to put up with her.
Q: What defines love and friendship to you?
Wilde: I think Luke and Kate love each other. I think she would give her alcohol-poisoned kidney to him. But I think the difference between romantic love and friendship love is romantic love involves a lot of compromise and it is a very giving type of love. With friendship, you can be a little bit more autonomous. You are not expected to compromise in the same way, and gosh, maybe that’s why friendships tend to last longer.
Q: Do you have a favorite scene in the movie?
Wilde: One of my favorite scenes is this sweet moment where Jake is sleeping, Luke’s sleeping, and she climbs into bed with him and sort of spoons him. Joe and I were at a Q&A the other night and we were talking about how creepy that would seem on the page. If I got that page in a script, I would be like, “What? So she’s insane? She climbs in bed with him and holds him? Too much! We’ve got to take this out.” But that scene came about so organically. I sat down on the bed and the weight of my body forced Jake to fall back kind of into me.