Olivia Wilde has said something shocking about what she was told when she auditioned for ‘Wolf of Wall Street’.
The actor said she was initially told she was “too sophisticated” for the role, at first not naming the film in question.
But later in an interview with Howard Stern, the Tron: Legacy star revealed that it was actually the Martin Scorcese film, and that rather than “sophisticated” she had been told she was “too old”.
Despite being slightly disheartened by the comments, she took it on the chin, jokingly telling Stern: “I want to make a translation sheet for Hollywood that’s all the feedback your agents give you and what it really means.”
She 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.'”
The star eventually landed a role in ‘Vinyl’, and was happy not to have been made to audition for Scorcese.
Of labels, and bi-erasure, the Dawson’s Creek star said: “There’s this idea that bisexuality is somehow a lie, or irresponsible because you can dabble and not commit. I don’t agree with that. We need to embrace fluidity.
“I respect Maria Bello for her New York Times op-ed and book about identifying as ‘whatever.’ Why do we insist on labels that hold us back?”
Then, she said: “My hope is that my son, by the time he’s my age, doesn’t recognise a world in which we’re stuck in definitions others put upon us.”
Wilde’s comments come amid an outpouring of similar sentiments from celebrities.
Amber Heard in recent weeks spoke out again about her sexual orientation, saying hers is not defined by her marriage to Johnny Depp.
The actress, who stars in the Danish Girl, came out in 2010 as she dated photographer Tasya van Ree.
True Blood actor Evan Rachel Wood also made similar comments last September, saying she did not stop being bisexual even if she was with a man.
Johnny Depp was praised recently for congratulating his daughter Lily-Rose after she came out.
Wilde joins celebrity parenting winners such as Brad and Angelina, who last year allowed their child John to self-identify, and Kate Winslet who gave this incredible advice to her son, should he turn out to be gay.
Listen to Wilde’s interview with Howard Stern below: