Olivia Wilde opened up about how motherhood helped her prepare for her role in the drama “Meadowland,” opposite Luke Wilson. The first-time mother spoke out at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the movie of which she is also co-producer.

Olivia Wilde

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The 31-year-old actress and her fiance, 39-year-old SNL alum Jason Sudeikis, welcomed their first child, a son, Otis Alexander, last April. In fact, she won accolades for during last year’s awards season for her red carpet fashions as she sported one of Hollywood’s favorite accessories, a baby bump.

But much has changed in a year, and in her interview with People magazine, conducted on premiere night for her movie, “Meadowland” in New York City at the Tribeca Film Festival, she revealed how much becoming a parent had changed her, and helped her in her portrayal of Sarah, a woman who along with husband, Phil (Luke Wilson) suffers unfathomable pain and agony after their only son disappears suddenly during a road trip, and a year later, has still not been found.

Olivia Wilde said, “I think anyone who becomes a parent, their heart expands, and you empathize on a different level, and that’s what I think was required to tell this story as it should have been told.”

She went on to say, “I don’t know if I would have been able to play [my character] Sarah without being a mother.”

She elaborated, saying, “It’s actually kind of a gift of motherhood: You’re in touch with different levels of emotions. I think it’s all very connected.”

The indie psychological “Meadowland” marks the feature film directorial debut of Reed Morano and the script was written by Chris Rossi. A release date has not yet been set. Wilde, in executive producing the movie, is following the path many Hollywood A listers have followed. She was recently seen as a co-star in such movies as Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Ron Howard’s “Rush.”

You can see more of the interview here. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis were a hit also on the red carpet, and you can see the photos below!

Photos: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
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