Olivia Wilde commanded the red carpet in a floor-length Grecian-inspired Marchesa at the premiere of her off-beat comedy Butter Tuesday night. She also rocked the room with some politically charged pre-screening remarks.
After star Jennifer Garner, pregnant with her third child, introduced the film (she produced the comedy, about competitive butter carving), Wilde read a statement from executive producer Harvey Weinstein. The mogul invited Tea Party Republican Michelle Bachmann to co-host the premiere in Iowa, where the film takes place. There, Wilde read, they could “argue gay rights and women’s rights, especially the right to choose.”
Wilde said she was handed the speech 15 minutes before going onstage. “Although obviously a Hollywood bigwig, he’s also just politically very active, very astute, very passionate,” Wilde says. “So we’ve connected on that. I think he knew I’d understand the point of the statement.”
Before the premiere, Wilde and the cast celebrated at The Burroughes Building in downtown Toronto. Wilde, Garner, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone and newcomer Yara Shahidi posed for cast photos before Wilde and Garner had their own private catch-up.