Olivia Wilde has never been afraid to be outspoken, and she couldn't be prouder of all of the other celebrities who have let their guards down and allowed themselves to speak freely on the topics that matter most to them -- critics be damned.
The actress has long been an advocate for other women around the world in raising awareness for a variety of issues and has also spoken out on the rights of farmworkers, healthcare, education around the world and sustainability. The list goes on, but the point is that Wilde has never let the risk of alienating people that don't agree with her stop her from speaking out on what she believes in, which she's noticing more and more from other public figures.
"I’ve always been outspoken. Ever since I had any kind of platform, I have used it to try to share information that I thought was important," Wilde explained exclusively to AOL's Gibson Johns during a recent sit-down. "Now you see a new generation of people that really embrace that, and they want to use their platforms and large fanbases to really change things, whether that’s getting people registered like Yara Shahidi and her incredible initiative, or it's people with massive followings like Kim Kardashian talking about criminal justice reform. That’s a really important conversation, and I give her a lot of credit for bringing attention to it."
"There are so many different people who have these genuine, authentic interests and they’ve kind of lost the fear of using their platforms to talk about real things," she added.
Olivia Wilde out and about
Olivia Wilde out and about
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Actress Olivia Wilde helps bring the slogan 'America Runs On Dunkin' to life at the Home That Runs On Dunkin, powered by recycled coffee grounds, on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Dunkin' Donuts)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 06: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Olivia Wilde attends the Ninth-Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 6, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Olivia Wilde is seen arriving at Valentino fashion show during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 on September 30, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Friday, September 21 included Olivia Wilde ('Life Itself'), Noah Centineo ('To All the Boys I've Loved Before' and 'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser'), and musical guest Jungle. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images)
RICHMOND, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Olivia Wilde attends the world premiere of the Audi e-tron electric SUV held at the Craneway Pavilion on September 17, 2018 in Richmond, California. (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for Audi)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Olivia Wilde attends the premiere of Amazon Studios' 'Life Itself' at ArcLight Cinerama Dome on September 13, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Actors Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde attend the premiere of Amazon Studios' 'Life Itself' at ArcLight Cinerama Dome on September 13, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Olivia Wilde attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle party during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival held at Four Seasons Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Olivia Wilde attends the 'Life Itself' premiere during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Juanito Aguil/WireImage)
Actress Olivia Wilde joins a discussion about how the Sustainable Development Goals have been integrated into the content of Thomas & Friends childrens television series, in New York, on September 7, 2018. Thomas & Friends have teamed up with the United Nations to teach families about the Sustainable Development Goals today at the UN Headquarters in New York City. (Photo by Luiz Rampelotto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 20: Olivia Wilde attends the opening night of the 'Humans' at the Ahmanson Theatre on June 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Olivia Wilde attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Kodachrome' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
Olivia Wilde speaks at March for Our Lives in Los Angeles, California on March 24, 2018. The march was organized in response to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting. Similar gun control rallies took place across the US. (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 10: Actress & producer Olivia Wilde walks the red carpet at the SXSW Film premiere of 'A Vigilante' on March 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jim Bennett/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Actors Olivia Wilde (L) and Jason Sudeikis attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 02: Olivia Wilde attends the 11th Annual Celebration Of The 2018 Female Oscar Nominees Presented By Women In Film at Crustacean on March 2, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Olivia Wilde at Steven Tyler and Live Nation presents Inaugural Janie's Fund Gala & GRAMMY Viewing Party at Red Studios on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Actor Olivia Wilde speaks onstage at 2018 Women's March Los Angeles at Pershing Square on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women's March Los Angeles)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Olivia Wilde is seen on November 08, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by MediaPunch/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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Really, what is there to lose? It's a question that Taylor Swift was surely grappling with before she broke her silence on her own personal politics last weekend, and she clearly came to the same conclusion as many of her peers: Not much. If anything, there's more at stake by not speaking out about things that truly matter.
"I know that when I post something political that I use followers," Wilde said with a laugh. "I’m amazed that they ever followed me to begin with. They’re like, 'Unfollow!' And I’m like, 'What?! Who did you think I was?' I’m excited about the way that people are now using social media to learn about new ways of thinking, new ways of getting involved in politics and new ways of becoming activists."
And it's not just celebrities who are sticking their necks out to spread the word about important issues and initiatives these days, either. Large brands with national recognition are using their power to make a difference, too. Wilde partnered with Dunkin Donuts Coffee at Home in New York City recently to open the world's first Home That Runs on Dunkin' -- a tiny home powered completely by coffee grounds, which is exactly the kind of potentially game-changing project that gets the actress so excited.
"When you come in contact with a large brand like Dunkin’ that wants to use their huge platform to actually start a conversation about sustainability, that’s really kind of amazing," she explained. "I’m always looking for large brands that want to do that."
It's an initiative that truly falls in line with the work and research that the 34-year-old has done throughout her career.
"I was really excited when they came to me with this idea, because I am always interested in researching evolution and sustainability in terms of all different kinds of technology, whether it’s beauty or the auto industry or home design with any kind of materials," she said. "Biofuel is something that I’ve put a lot of thought into and I’d researched all different types of alternative fuel, and the idea of fuel made from spent coffee grounds was exciting to me in particular because I am a massive coffee fan. Imagine a world where power is running on coffee grounds! It's a real dream kind of scenario."