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Olivia Wilde on totalitarianism, babies and split lips

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/23/2017 By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — As an actress, Olivia Wilde has lots of reasons why making her Broadway debut in George Orwell's dystopian thriller "1984" is special. As a mother, she has just two: her young children.

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Says the actress: "Becoming a mother helped me understand that you have to really focus on the future."

The novel and stage adaptation tells the story of a man who works at the Ministry of Truth promoting adoration of the mythical leader Big Brother. He illegally falls in love with Wilde's character and endures terrible torture.

The brutality onstage has disturbed audience members. The actors put their bodies on the line, too. Wilde broke her tailbone early in previews, and then split open her lip in a later show.

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