Olivia Wilde Fronts L.A. Times Magazine

Photo: Ruven Afanador / courtesy of L.A. Times Magazine
Blonde ambition: Olivia Wilde lightens up on the cover of L.A. Times Magazine.

A smoldering Olivia Wilde returns to her natural-blonde roots for the latest issue of L.A. Times magazine—and, oh, how the old Hollywood style suits her.

The actress sports major Veronica Lake curls (in a shade decidedly lighter than her usual rich brunette hair), deep-red lips, and smoky eyes for the cover image, perfectly paired with a plunging Valentino dress and layered Kara Ross, Gucci, and Chanel necklaces.

Inside the glossy, things are just as glam, with Wilde wearing Marchesa, dotty Stella McCartney, and yet more Chanel.

But as good as the stunner looks in a show-stopping dress, she insists that her real calling is helping others—particularly in Haiti, where Wilde has been working with the nonprofit Artists for Peace and Justice. “Whenever I want to say, ‘F--k Hollywood,’ I have to remember that the reason I am even useful in Haiti is because I have a job here,” she tells the magazine.

Not only is the beauty on board for the fifth season of House, Wilde also executive-produced two documentaries, both about the rebuilding of Haiti, and talks about how she's “come into her own” within the industry.

“It’s a sort of thrilling confidence,” she says. “You have to enjoy the unknown. You have to relish it.”

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Photo: Ruven Afanador / courtesy of L.A. Times Magazine

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Want more Wilde? Check out her recent turn on the cover of Glamour.