Olivia Wilde: Too ‘Old’ for ‘Wolf of Wall Street’
Olivia Wilde doesn’t like it when Hollywood execs mince their words.
The 32-year-old actress recently recalled on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM chat show that her agent used a delicate term to soften the blow after she failed to land a role for director Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
“The funniest thing I heard recently was I had heard for a part that I was too sophisticated,” she explained, adding, “I was like, ‘Oh, that sounds nice.’ I like that feedback.”
“I didn’t get the part, but I’m a very sophisticated person,” she said. “And then I found out later that they actually said ‘old.’”
Wilde was around 29 years old at the time of the audition.
“I want to make a translation sheet for Hollywood that’s all the feedback your agents give you and what it really means,” Wilde continued.
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Margot Robbie, 25, who at the time of the 2013 film was 22, shot to fame playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as his character’s fiery wife. Though Wilde did not name the actress who ultimately won the part, she commented that person who got the gig “kicked so much ass in the movie.”
Not getting the job reaffirmed her views on show business. “The second I don’t get a role,” she said, “it’s dead to me.”
Still, the audition had its rewards. Scorsese tapped Wilde for his new HBO series “Vinyl,” of which he directs and produces.
“It shows that if you don’t get something — job interview, whatever you do for a living — it might lead to something else,” she added.