Olivia Wilde proves that Hollywood ageism is still very much alive after she reveals that she was told that she was ‘too old’ to play Leonardo DiCaprio’s girlfriend in the 2013 ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Hollywood film, that eventually went to 25-year old Margot Robbie.
Wilde, 32, recently told Howard Stern’s radio show, “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 am a very sophisticated person.” – Referring to her audition for Naomi Lapaglia, the girlfriend of DiCaprio’s character Jordan Belfort for the Wolf Of Wall Street. However the actress then added, “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.”
Wilde was 28 at the time of the casting of the role, almost a decade younger than star Leonardo DiCaprio, but lost out to 25-year old Margot Robbie, making it her breakthorugh role at just 22-years old at the time of the filming. Wilde took the comments in good spirit and showed full support for Robbie saying she, “Crushed that role like a sexy ninja and I LOVED her in it.” She also went on to say that missing out on that particular part led her to landing her dream job on ‘Vinyl’.
However cases like these are not uncommon in Hollywood, where it was revealed in a recent study that many leading men have female co-stars 15 years their junior. Meryl Steep has been one of many leading ladies that have spoke out on Hollywood ageism. She told the Telegraph in 2014, “By the time you are 28 you are expired, you’re playing mummy roles.”