How Motherhood Impacts Olivia Wilde's Booming Career

It's been a busy week for Olivia Wilde.

At New York City's Tribeca Film Festival, the actress attended the premiere of her feature film, Meadowland, about a woman whose son goes missing, shepherded the debut of Body Team 12—which she helped produce—about community health workers dealing with the Ebola crisis in Liberia, and she also celebrated baby Otis' first birthday today!

The A-lister told Parents that her role as a mom definitely impacts her work. "I've always considered it our responsibility to leave the world better than how we found it," said Wilde. "Now that's probably intensified having a child of my own."

Wilde certainly walks the walk when it comes to giving back to the community at large. Wilde spoke about how the Ebola epidemic not only took the lives of thousands in Liberia, but left many children orphaned when both of their parents fell victim to the disease. Body Team 12 is helping to raise money to support orphans of the Ebola crisis (ebolaorphanproject.com). "As a mother, of course, that strikes a chord with me but just as a human being for all of us it's such an important project," said Wilde.

Motherhood seems to weave in naturally to who Wilde is, while deepening her connection to her work. Still, for today, we hope she can take a break and celebrate this happy milestone with her family.

Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she's practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is our resident theater aficionado and can be found constantly running around New York City to find the best new show, the most awesome dance party, or the hottest Bikram yoga studio. Follow her on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.

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