Olivia Wilde Reads Some Words

Olivia Wilde gets wrapped up in literary drama in The Words, out this week. Wilde plays a graduate student who finds herself romantically involved with a successful but conflicted novelist. Their relationship is just one part of a larger story involving plagiarism, World War II flashbacks and a long-lost manuscript. As usual, though, Wilde will probably steal any scene she's in. Until then, here's a bio-gallery for your enjoyment.

Wilde was born in New York.

Her family has a long history of working in journalism. Her mother is a 60 Minutes producer, her father and two uncles are journalists and her grandfather was a well-known Irish journalist and novelist who was once involved in a public political feud with George Orwell.

Wilde starting acting in the early 2000s.

One of her first parts was a recurring role on The O.C..

Her early film roles include parts in Alpha Dog and Turistas.

Wilde gained recognition for her long-running role on House M.D..

She's currently dating actor Jason Sudeikis. So she's into funny guys, take note.

Wilde is also known for her political activism, and has worked closely with the ACLU, MoveOn.org and various Democratic election campaigns. Hey, some of us find that stuff sexy.