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Olivia Wilde Glams Up Marie Claire August 2011

Posted Saturday July 9, 2011 12:40 PM GMT

As part of her "Cowboys & Aliens" movie promotions, Olivia Wilde lined up the cover gig for the August 2011 issue of Marie Claire magazine.

Coming ahead of her film's July 29th release date, the "House" hottie posed for a glamorous spread taken by Tesh while chatting about topics including as her passion to help others.

Of her desire to get people involved in giving back as early as possible, Miss Wilde said, "I'm really interested in making philanthropy accessible to younger people. The idea of volunteering and participating is not reserved for rich, older people or a luxurious position in life. I worked really hard for Obama, but when the campaign ended, people stopped participating. My passion is getting younger generations to participate - which is selfish, in a way, because giving is the path to happiness. Every time I come back from Haiti, I'm really happy. If we can make giving cool, can make volunteering cool, we can start some kind of revolution."

The 27-year-old actress continued to voice her hope that people's interest will shift from the tabloid world to more important matters, as she explained, "I'd like to refocus everyone's attention away from the Kardashians and onto Doctors Without Borders or aid workers." She added, "Let's redefine scandal. Scandal is not who so-and-so is dating. Scandal is 1.2 million people living in tents in Haiti."

Photo Credit: Tesh for Marie Claire