Olivia Wilde is gorgeous, successful and in love — but can you believe she thought her now-fiancé Jason Sudeikis would never be interested in her?
The Tron actress says that when she met Sudeikis, right after her divorce from Italian prince Tao Ruspoli, she thought she wasn’t a “contender” for his affections.
“I had grown up with Tao; we had just drifted,” she explained to Marie Claire. “I felt I had something to prove. If you fall off a horse, you get back up. I am not a quitter. I hung on for as long as possible, until it was more hurtful to stay… I’m so grateful for the pain and the heartbreak. It gave me the courage to leave and brought me to the great love of my life.”
“I was just learning to be by myself. We were both seeing people but were single,” she said of meeting Sudeikis later that year on the set of Saturday Night Live. “He seemed to really see me, see through the bulls***. He said very few words and couldn’t keep eye contact. He was so handsome, and he could dance.”
“I thought, ‘He won’t be interested in me; I’m not a contender.’ He was so cool, so funny — I was such a fan of his and had always fancied his speed and his intelligence. He’s a brilliant actor with a brain like lightening… I felt like fresh meat at the market… I thought, ‘I’m not beautiful enough or his type.’ I couldn’t wait to sit down and hear him talk,” she said of their first date, six months after meeting. “On our first date, in New York City, we closed the restaurant down at 2 a.m.! He didn’t kiss me, and I was madly in love. I was overwhelmed.”
Now the couple is busy planning their future together — and yes, that includes babies!
“We’ve discussed all our ideals and hopes,” Wilde said. “I can’t wait for children. I’m open-minded about how many, but three, which I love, is like a little party. I am not trying to have kids now — there’s no strict plan for anything in my life. What happens, happens. He’s so good with kids… I’ve never before experienced looking at someone and thinking, ‘That’s who I want to raise a child with.'”
Read the complete interview with Olivia Wilde in the April issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands March 19.