House's Olivia Wilde: Getting the Team Together Won't Be Easy
Olivia Wilde and Hugh Laurie
Ever since House (Hugh Laurie) checked himself into a mental institution, there have been plenty of changes at Princeton-Plainsboro — especially with House's team of diagnosticians. Taub (Peter Jacobson) quit to pursue a new job, and Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) was fired by Foreman (Omar Epps) after he became the boss. "[The writers] are doing these unpredictable things," Wilde tellsTVGuide.com, adding that House will have more trouble than he thought getting her and Taub back. Find out what Wilde had to say about Foreteen's future and her new movie, Fix.
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TVGuide.com: What do you think about House's old team getting back together this season?
Olivia Wilde: This season, the writers have been all about taking risks. It's Season 6, which means you really have license to try things. They're doing these unpredictable things, and one was having House bring back the old team. It was a result of House being in a mental institution and coming back, so I think if we went back to business as usual immediately, viewers would get frustrated. So I think it's cool they're shaking things up. And it's great because I got to take a little break!
TVGuide.com: Will we see Thirteen and Taub officially back on the team soon?
Wilde: What you have to remember is House wasn't the one who fired Taub and Thirteen. Taub quit and Thirteen was fired by her own boyfriend. So, it's up to him to find a way to bring them back, but it's not going to be as easy as he thought. And this next episode reveals just what it is for the doctors that is so addictive to being on the team, what it is about working for House that gets them going, and why it's the only option for them.
TVGuide.com: What can we expect with Thirteen and Foreman's relationship?
Wilde: I think it's going to be bumpy for a little while. It would be dishonest for us to come back from breaking up with each other and having a smooth ride. They're both very good at bottling things up, so it's not the most communicative relationship. Things often come out in bursts, and I think we see that because they work in a high stress environment. You learn more about their relationship through their diagnostic process than through their actual straight talk.
TVGuide.com: What did you think when you read that Foreman was going to fire his own girlfriend?
Wilde: We talk about whether our philosophies are different from our characters, and with that was one I was like, "Oh, no. I couldn't go back! I'm too proud." But if you think about it, Foreman was the one who was by her bedside when she woke up from the terrible hostage situation. And he taught her to choose life and be a healthy person. So it's not as easy to drop this relationship and move on.
TVGuide.com: You also have your new film, Fix, opening in New York City on Nov. 20. What's it about?
Wilde: It's a dark comedy about brothers. I play a documentary filmmaker named Bella. When her boyfriend/filmmaking partner, Milo, gets a call from his little brother who has been put in jail, they find out he has 12 hours to get from jail to rehab or the judge will give him seven years in prison. They end up taking this journey through L.A., in which not only do we have to get him to rehab, but also raise $5,000 for him to get in rehab. And ironically, we have to make a drug deal to get the money, and madness ensues.
TVGuide.com: Is it true that this is based on your husband, who's the director, and his brother?
Wilde: Yes. We had always wanted to make a film together, and were searching for what our narrative film would be. And we were driving up the coast brainstorming, when I said "What about your brother, he's such a wild, eccentric, interesting character." And he said, "Well, there was one day when..." and it ended up being this very story. My character was added for dramatic purpose because you have to have a girl in mix.
TVGuide.com: How did you find the time to do this with your House schedule?
Wilde: I'm lucky to be married to the director because with my House schedule, it was just madness. I was shooting every weekend and they really supported me and wanted me in the film. The film literally bent over backwards to have me in it. I figure I'll sleep later. I feel lucky to be busy. My husband has a great Italian saying which translates to, "You wanted the bicycle, now pedal."