Olivia Wilde plays what she calls the "sexy" warrior Quorra in "TRON: Legacy," and says it is not enough to be good looking to advance in Hollywood.
In the movie, the sequel to the 1982 film set for release on Friday, Wilde's character helps computer programmer Kevin Flynn, played by Jeff Bridges, and his son, portrayed by Garret Hedlund, try to escape from the patriarch's computer code, where the elder Flynn has been trapped for 20 years.
"I tried to make Quorra a very unique, and sort of odd character," Wilde, 26, told George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company. "She's a warrior and she's sexy but she's quite odd and naive and intelligent and sort of nerdy. And so it was getting in touch with my inner child in a way that was sort of fun!"
In "TRON: Legacy," the actress sports a black bob wig, which she says has been the largest physical transformation she's made for a character. Wilde is considered by many to be a sex symbol, following roles on "The O.C." and "House M.D."
"There are a lot of pretty girls in this town," she said. "It's not enough to be good-looking and that fades so quickly. I think that talent prevails. The system works. If you work hard, you will get somewhere. I've worked very, very hard and now I've had the chance to work with so many smart people that have just made me better."
Wilde appeared at a panel for the movie at Comic-Con in San Diego this year.
Electronic music group Daft Punk worked on the film's soundtrack, which Wilde says she listened to during filming when she needed to "find the tone of a scene."