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Way Back When — Olivia Wilde

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We’ve been swooning over Olivia Wilde‘s brand of sexy-cool (and sometimes delightfully funny!) ever since she caught our eye as “Thirteen” on ‘House.’ In today’s Way Back When, we take a look back at her earlier roles.

‘Skin’

One of Olivia Wilde’s first roles was on the short-lived, soapy Fox drama ‘Skin,’ in which she played — no joke — Jewel Goldman. Get it?! Jewel! Gold! …Man? Anyway! You can watch a clip from the show below, in which Wilde gets berated by her father for making a choice of some kind that’s undoubtedly led to the destruction of her fragile teenage life:

‘The O.C.’

Wilde starred in season 2 of ‘The O.C.’ (Californiaaaa!) as Alex, a bad girl bartender who prefers to date the ladies. Marissa (Mischa Barton) becomes Alex’s roommate, but things quickly heat up and before you know it, the two are sitting on the beach while sappy khaki rock plays, and then Alex delivers the not-so-subtle line, “The tide just turned.” And that was the time that Olivia Wilde made out with Mischa Barton and boys started thinking, “Hey, maybe this ‘O.C.’ show my girlfriend watches isn’t so bad!”

‘Conversations with Other Women’

In this 2005 film starring Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter, Wilde plays a tacky, snobby bridesmaid who shares a rather awkward moment with the other two in an elevator. Is her accent supposed to be Southern, or does she even know?

‘Alpha Dog’

‘Alpha Dog’ is a totally underrated movie about the life of criminal Jesse James Hollywood, played by Emile Hirsch. Wilde plays his girlfriend, who eventually ducks the law with him and the two hole up in a cheap motel for a while. We could only find clips of the film dubbed in Russian, but you can get the gist of the scene below — basically, Olivia Wilde is like, “Yo, Emile Hirsch, you wanna have sex now?” And he’s all, “Um, obviously.” Sadly, that clip wasn’t embeddable (YouTubers know what we’re talking about). So here’s one where she’s smokin’ some cigs with Bruce Willis and company.

‘Camjackers’

So this was a movie that happened. Wilde stars as one of a group of college kids using hijacked cameras to film a ghetto street version of a Greek play. Someone thought it was a good idea to let her turn her hat sideways and talk like a thug. It’s no wonder we’d never heard of this movie before.

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