Olivia Wilde Was ‘Too Old’ For The Wolf Of Wall Street

Olivia Wilde

by Edwina Langley |
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It's not nice really, is it - being told you're 'too old' for something. Especially when you're that ancient age of 32...

Which is why, according to actress Olivia Wilde, Hollywood agents use a whole different language when it comes to telling their clients reasons why they didn't get specific roles.

Speaking on the Howard Stern Show, Olivia said: '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 then what it really means ... I did not [have to audition for sitcom Vinyl], because I had auditioned unsuccessfully for Wolf of Wall Street — [Margot Robbie's role is] the one I was too old for.'

Bearing in mind filming for The Wolf of Wall Street started in 2012, when Olivia was just 28, you gotta wonder... what's Tinseltown coming to when someone in their twenties is too old for a role?

Luckily, that wasn't all Olivia revealed in the interview because there were some rather more upbeat moments. Remember that hilarious moment at this year's Oscars - when Olivia presented an award with Sacha Baron Cohen dressed as Ali G? Well, that wasn't even meant to happen!

According to Olivia, Jamie Foxx was lined up to present alongside her, but he dropped out at the last minute. She was told Sacha Baron Cohen was going to do it instead, but he failed to turn up to the rehearsal. Indeed, two minutes before the duo were due to go on, he was still nowhere to be seen...

'I was like, "Am I going out there alone? Just tell me right now."' Olivia recalls. 'Little did I know, he was hiding in the bathroom getting changed. I step into the wings of the stage, and they're like, "Listen, if he doesn't show up, you just go, you say both speeches."

'... I was like, "Great, I'm gonna be responsible for the five most boring moments in Oscars history". And I'm standing back there, and suddenly he shows up next to me, and he seemed really nervous — and he wasn't in the Ali G costume.

'And I was like, "Are you okay?"

'And he was like, "M-hm, m-hm, let's do this."

'And the stage manager walked away, and the second he was out of sight, Sacha was like, "Here!" And he handed me the hat, and he was like, "Tuck my hair into that hat! Tuck my hair in..."

'I put his hair in, and he put the glasses on — and I'm a huge Ali G fan, so I was like, "Yes! Yes! This is great!"

'And he put the glove on and was like, "Ready?"

'And I was like, "Yeah." ... I could not contain my glee.'

If only we'd known that on the night...

For all that – and how her current boyfriend Jason Sudeikis played it super cool when they first started dating (not texting her for a month… it even happens to Hollywood stars) – see Soundcloud snippets here

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