Earlier this week, Vinyl star Olivia Wilde stopped by Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show to discuss the new HBO series, but the conversation quickly veered into truth-telling territory.
As the host complimented the actress on her looks and talent, he asked if she ever lost a role for being too beautiful. Olivia admitted she never heard that complaint, but she's been turned down for something far more insulting: being too old:
“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.”
This forthright admission has me like:
At first, it seemed like Olivia was going to keep Howard and his viewers in the dark about which movie she was referring to, until the conversation turned back to Vinyl. Apparently, she didn't have to audition for that role because Martin Scorsese had already seen her try out for The Wolf Of Wall Street.
According to Olivia:
“That’s the one I was too old for.”
The role of Naomi Lapaglia ultimately went to then-unknown Margot Robbie, who was 22 years old at the time of filming (while Olivia was around 29 years old).
This is actually pretty revealing, especially considering the fact that many fans thought Margot was actually Olivia in a wig when photos from Scorsese's set leaked. Still, Margot was Naomi and turned in one of the best breakout performances we've seen in a long time.
I'm not sure I would say that Olivia Wilde was too old for this role, but Margot Robbie was the perfect choice by all standards.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)