Olivia Wilde to Knock on Doors for Mom's Congressional Run

"It's so inspiring," the actress said of her 66-year-old mother Leslie Cockburn who is a Democratic nominee for Virginia's 5th District in the House of Representatives.
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Olivia Wilde, who in September 2016 announced that she was pregnant with a baby girl as a way to show her allegiance to then-presidential candidate Hilary Clinton with the hashtag #NeverTrump, will be back on the campaign trail this fall — and she’s keeping it in the family again. 

Wilde told The Hollywood Reporter in Toronto that she will be backing her mother, Leslie Cockburn, as she vies for a congressional seat in Virginia. “I’m really inspired by her because she’s pivoting from a 35-year-long career in journalism to politics, and to do that at 66 years old is so inspiring,” Wilde said. “And I love the idea that you can continue to evolve as you get older and wiser. I just directed my first film [Booksmart, due out next year], and we were on these parallel paths of doing something new, breaking new ground simultaneously. And we would call each other and check in and say, 'How’s it going?' 'The stress is unbearable, but it’s the most fulfilling feeling I’ve ever had.' 'Great, me too!'"

Cockburn, running as the 2018 Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 5th district in the U.S. House of Representatives, is a former investigative journalist and Emmy-winning producer who, according to her official website, served as a producer for CBS’ 60 Minutes, a correspondent for PBS’ Frontline and as a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. She made headlines earlier this summer for alleging in a tweet that her Republican opponent, Denver Riggleman, has a collection of “Bigfoot erotica” that is associated with books that he has published on the mythical creature, including the tome Mating Habits of Bigfoot.

Meanwhile, Wilde was overheard telling her Booksmart castmembers that she will pound the pavement on the campaign trail but may not get out front too much so that she won’t distract from her mother’s political ambitions.

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.