Olivia Wilde is only 30, and she's co-starred in a batch of studio projects like "Tron: Legacy," "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Rush," but she still says the most interesting roles for younger actresses are in indie films.
Wilde plays a mysterious short story writer who has an affair with a married novelist in Paul Haggis' "The Third Person." The drama, which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at the Toronto Film Festival last year, will open in limited release this week.
Wilde notes that most Hollywood executives are ignoring the simple math that women make up roughly half of movie tickets sold. "This is what the studios need to realize, and are realizing, with the success of 'Hunger Games,' 'Twilight' and 'The Fault in our Stars,'" Wilde says. "It's so clear that audiences will flock to see female-driven films. It's not a niche market. We aren't a minority. I think [the perception] is changing."
Wilde says she was drawn to the script for "The Third Person," because her character felt dynamic and real. She credits Haggis: "He's the only male writer in Hollywood doing that," she says. "He has a lot of respect for women and writes them well."