On June 15, Olivia Wilde joined host Savannah Guthrie on The Today Show.
The screen star says Broadway has always been a dream of hers. “Broadway was something I always wanted to do,” said Wilde. “I never really felt like I could call myself an actor until I had done it and now I feel like I’m earning my keep.”
“Earning” seems to be an understatement. There have been numerous cast injuries and audience incidents. In addition to Wilde splitting her lip and breaking co-star Tom Sturridge’s nose, four audience members have fainted.
“I broke his nose, but it was in retaliation because he broke my coccyx,” she said. But Wilde feels no regret for her physical commitment to the show. “We’re doing everything necessary to tell the story right, and it’s an intense story.”
“Heavy times call for heavy stuff,” she said. “It involves a lot of multimedia; there’s a whole video portion—shooting video that is simulcast onto the stage. So I’m running from the stage back to a little set that has cameras on it back to the stage. There’s a lot of light and sound work. That’s really immersive. It’s a different kind of experience. It’s not just like watching a play—it’s kind of like going on a really scary ride.”