Olivia Wilde's Wish For Her Son: A World Without Labels

Olivia Wilde opens up about why she wants her son to live a life free of labels

When The O.C. aired, Olivia Wilde took over the screen in season two of the show with her dynamic character, Alex Kelly, a bisexual teen. In a new interview with Advocate, Wilde discussed her experience playing a character that, at the time, was not often portrayed within mainstream television for youth. 

"[W]hen I started acting and one of my first jobs was playing a bisexual teenager on 'The O.C.,' nothing about it scared or shocked me," she expressed. Her character ended up dating two of the main characters, Seth Cohen and Marissa Cooper, on the hit series. "I was just surprised by the enormity of the response. I still have women coming up to tell me they started discovering their own sexuality because of 'The O.C.'"

Wilde went on to say that she is proud of her bisexual characters because of their significance and impact on others. Mother to an adorable one-year-old boy named Otis, the actress explained that she hopes that one day her son can live in a world where sexuality won’t be labelled. 

“There’s this idea that bisexuality is somehow a lie, or irresponsible because you can dabble and not commit. I don’t agree with that. We need to embrace fluidity. I respect Maria Bello for her New York Times op-ed and book about identifying as ‘whatever.’ Why do we insist on labels that hold us back? My hope is that my son, by the time he’s my age, doesn’t recognize a world in which we’re stuck in definitions others put upon us.”

We love such inclusive and positive thinking. Keep on doing what you’re doing Olivia!

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