Young & Hot Olivia Wilde Is Too Old to Be Young & Hot in Hollywood

If there's one thing we can all agree on as a human race, it's that Olivia Wilde is super hot. Right? I mean, she's 32 and has the face of an angel. And yet, because Hollywood is on a mission to offend every woman who parades through its gates, Olivia was turned down for a role because she was -- and let's make air quotes together here -- "too sophisticated." Which you, I, Olivia, and Hollywood all know means "too old."


Wilde went on The Howard Stern Show to talk about her role in Vinyl, Martin Scorsese's new HBO series. She said she ultimately didn't have to audition for the role because she had auditioned with Scorsese for a part in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Here's what she told Stern:

The funniest thing I heard recently was I had heard for a part that I was too sophisticated. And I was like, 'Oh, that sounds nice. I like that feedback. I didn't get the part, but I'm a very sophisticated person.' And then I found out later that they actually said 'old.' I want to make a translation sheet for Hollywood that's all the feedback your agents give you and what it really means.

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Wilde was reading for the part of Naomi Lapaglia, Leo DiCaprio's trophy wife in the movie. At the time of the casting, Wilde was 28. Leo was 37, and Margot Robbie, who ultimately ended up playing the part, was either 21 or 22.

Of course, Wilde dealt with the whole thing gracefully:

In a sense, it makes sense that Wilde wasn't cast -- she was less than 10 years younger than DiCaprio, and the argument could be made that that's too small of an age gap for the kind of trophy wife DiCaprio's character was looking for.

But at the same time, this is indicative of a much larger issue. Women in Hollywood are, by default, held to a higher standard than men. Just last year, 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal was told she was too old to play a 55-year-old's wife, which is obviously absurd. And more than twice as many men 40 and older have won Academy Awards than women 40 and older.

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It's unfair. And it's one of the many (many, many, many) problems Hollywood needs to deal with. But for now, we're just glad to see so many awesome actresses supporting one another, even when they're competing for limited roles.

Listen to the whole interview with Wilde here:


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