Olivia Wilde knocks on doors to campaign for her mom, Dem House candidate Cockburn
© Getty images

Actress Olivia Wilde hit the campaign trail over the weekend to campaign for her mom, Democratic House candidate Leslie Cockburn.

Wilde and her partner, fellow actor Jason Sudeikis, knocked on doors in Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday, according to NBC News.

Cockburn, a former “60 Minutes” producer,” is taking on Republican Denver Riggleman in the district currently held by GOP Rep. Tom GarrettThomas (Tom) Alexander GarrettInternal poll shows tight race in Virginia House race Internal poll shows neck-and-neck race brewing in Virginia House contest GOP congressman loses primary after officiating gay wedding MORE.

The candidate was also joined by Philadelphia Eagles player Chris Long, whose father, Howie Long, is a Charlottesville resident.


Virginia Republicans criticized Cockburn for Wilde’s participation. John March, a spokesperson for the state’s Republican Party, told NBC News that it shows Cockburn is “out of touch” with voters.

"The fact that Washington, D.C., resident Leslie Cockburn thinks that bringing in a couple of Hollywood liberals to Southside Virginia is a good idea shows just how out of touch she is,” March said.

Wilde, who has two children with Sudeikis, told NBC News that the Republican opposition shows the party is “panicked” about Cockburn gaining ground in the red district.

The Cook Political Report rates the race as leaning Republican.

Wilde described her mother as “fearless and tireless and determined and that is what it takes to succeed.”

Sudeikis also pushed back on March’s comment, saying that the couple lives in Brooklyn and that he is originally from Kansas.

"Anybody that would stand outside and have a perception of us, they don't understand where we're coming from, because it's not Hollywood," he told NBC News.