Olivia Wilde Says She Was Considered ‘Too Old’ to Play Leonardo DiCaprio’s Wife in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

Olivia Wilde
Wilde attends the 3rd annual unite4:humanity on February 25, 2016. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Sophisticated, yes. But old?! Olivia Wilde revealed to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday, March 15, that she was considered too old to play the role of Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street. 

"The funniest thing I heard recently was, I had heard for a part that I was too sophisticated," Wilde, 32, revealed to Stern. "I thought, 'Oh, that sounds nice. I like that feedback. I didn't get the part but I'm a very sophisticated person.'"

"Sophisticated," apparently, has an underlying meaning in Hollywood. "Then I found out later they actually said 'old,'" the Vinyl actress recalled with a laugh. "I had auditioned unsuccessfully for Wolf of Wall Street. That was the one I was too old for."

The part of Jordan Belfort's second wife, Naomi Lapaglia, ultimately went to Australian bombshell Margot Robbie, who was praised for her portrayal of the Brooklyn native.

"I thought she kicked so much ass in that movie," Wilde said of the 25-year-old actress.

Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio
Robbie and DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. Mary Cybulski/Paramount Pictures/Everett Collection

For Wilde, the process wasn't entirely a bust. In fact, it resulted in her meeting with the film's legendary director, Martin Scorsese, who thought she would be a great fit for another one of his future projects, Vinyl. "It shows that if you don't get something, it might lead to something else," Wilde told Stern. She stars alongside Bobby Cannavale in the new series, co-created by Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter and Mick Jagger.


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