Olivia Wilde Considered ‘Too Old’ for ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Role

Olivia Wilde Wolf of Wall Street
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Olivia Wilde said she was deemed “too old” for a role in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

While on “The Howard Stern Show” promoting her new HBO music drama “Vinyl,” Wilde was asked by Stern if she had been denied a role for being too beautiful.

“No, I don’t think so,” the 32-year-old said. “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.”

The actress then revealed that it was the 2013 film “Wolf of Wall Street” for which she auditioned and was told she was “too old” for the role, not specifying whether it was the part of Teresa Petrillo, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character’s first wife, eventually played by Cristin Milioti (now 30), or the character Naomi Lapaglia, played by Margot Robbie (now 25). The black comedy was adapted from Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name so the characters were based on real people.

Wilde did say that the audition led to her getting cast in “Vinyl,” for which Scorsese directed the first episode and serves as an executive producer.

“It shows that if you don’t get something — job interview, whatever you do for a living — it might lead to something else,” Wilde added.

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  1. Bel York says:

    Leo likes girls under 25. He’s demanding his onscreen preferences match his off screen preferences. Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp are similar. All of Cruise’s last three leading leaders are two decades younger than him.

  2. HPR says:

    I actually kind of doubt the absolute truth of this story. I think a throwaway line like “she’s too old” is just that. I was talking with some people while watching the Oscars about Olivia Wilde and the consensus was that she just doesn’t have “it” — yet they keep giving her at-bats. I’m guessing the rejection of her for the role was more about — not having the right star quality. Margot Robbie has it in spades.

  3. Cluck On E-Z Street says:

    She’s a far cry from Olivia Newton-John. Just don’t trust her to make fried chicken!

  4. eddie willers says:

    Its also possible that its because she is a tepid actress and box office poison.

  5. DiCaprio is 41. Wilde is now 32. What exactly makes her “too old” to be his wife?

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