July 25, 2021

Olivia Wilde and Tao Ruspoli, Son of the Prince of Cerveteri, Eloped on a School Bus

Who: Director, photographer, and low-key Italian prince, Tao Ruspoli, 44, and actress, director, and producer Olivia Wilde, 36.

How They Met: According to an interview Wilde gave to Women’s Health, she and Ruspoli met through a friend of her family’s in late 2002.

Wilde wasn’t initially eager to meet her match. “He wanted to introduce me to this Italian guy who made films and lived on a school bus,” she recalled. “I said, ‘Whoa! I don’t want to meet a dude who lives on a bus!’”

But differences in lineage (and real estate preference) aside, their views aligned. “We’re from completely different worlds, but we have the same mission: to bring film and art together with some sort of political activism,” she told The Observer.

Just six months later, Wilde and Ruspoli eloped … on the very school bus Ruspoli called home.


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