Wilde has said that as a result of her parents' occupations, she has a "strong journalistic streak" and is "really critical and analytical." Wilde's uncles, Alexander and Patrick Cockburn, also worked as journalists; her aunt, Sarah Caudwell, was a writer; her half-cousins, Stephanie Flanders and Laura Flanders, are journalists; and her paternal grandfather, Claud Cockburn, was a novelist and journalist. Writer Christopher Hitchens served as her babysitter.
Young Olivia: "Uncle Hitch, Uncle Hitch!"
Hitchens: "What is it, Olivia?"
Young Olivia: "Knock knock."
Hitchens: "And who, as they say, is there?"
Young Olivia: "Ach."
Hitchens: "Ach, who?"
Young Olivia: "Bless you." (⁄ ⁄◕⁄‿⁄◕⁄ ⁄✿)