Olivia Wilde Slams Hollywood For Calling Her ‘Old’

March 16, 2016

The actor has revealed she was told she was “too old” for The Wolf Of Wall Street

Olivia Wilde is a woman of extraordinary talent who wears many hats.

Actor, director, activist and mother are the first things that come to mind, but she’s so much more than that. She’s the partner to funnyman Jason Sudeikis, a New York City girl, an Oscar-nominated producer, Maxim‘s Hottest Woman back in 2009 and now, apparently, old.

Yep, you read that correctly. In an interview with The Howard Stern Show yesterday, Wilde revealed that according to Hollywood’s standards, at 32 she’s now “too old” for a large number of roles, including a part in the 2013 film The Wolf Of Wall Street (she was only 28 at the time of casting!).

After being asked by Stern if she ever missed out on parts for being too beautiful, Wilde set the record straight, stating it wasn’t her good looks setting her back in Hollywood but her age.

“No, I don’t think so … I heard that I was ‘too sophisticated’ [for the part]. I thought, ‘Oh, that sounds nice. I like that feedback. I didn’t get the part but I’m a very sophisticated person.’ I found out later they actually said ‘old’.”

Although she didn’t explicitly mention the part she tried out for, it’s likely she was after the role of Naomi Lapaglia, Leonardo DiCaprio’s onscreen wife. Now there’s no denying we all love Leo, but it’s shocking to believe Wilde was considered too old to play opposite DiCaprio when he was 37 at the time (almost 10 years her senior). The role eventually went to Aussie actress Margot Robbie, who was then 22.

Unfortunately it’s another double standard in the world of Hollywood, and Wilde isn’t the first actress to have spoken about the struggle women face after turning 25. Actor Maggie Gyllenhaal told The Wrap last year about her experience and frustration with age discrimination in the industry.

“There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time. I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”

Later on The Howard Stern Show, Wilde set the record straight, letting everyone know there’s no bad blood between the pair and giving her contemporary a fabulous review, saying Robbie “kicked so much ass in that movie”.

Wilde continues to remain positive about the industry, despite the age discrimination she’s received, as she revealed her failed audition with Martin Scorsese led to her being cast in her current project, HBO TV series Vinyl. The job came about after Scorsese remembered her Wolf Of Wall Street audition; he reached out to her specifically for the role.

After The Howard Stern Show, she again pointed out the situation’s silver lining on Twitter.

Though Scorsese did end up awarding Wilde with an amazing and challenging female role, the double standard in Hollywood still remains. Women are experiencing a significant pay gap, and if they happen to be over the age of 25 they’re now too old or, if you’re Wilde’s agent, ‘sophisticated’. Meanwhile, men can basically be 100 years old and still be considered sex symbols; take George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman or even the wonderfully talented Leonardo for example. Come on, Hollywood, pick up your game – 28 is definitely not ‘old’.

Comment: Would you rather watch the Mileys of the world on the big screen, or enjoy the poise the Helen Mirrens can bring to a film?


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