‘We Have to Play the Game’ in Hollywood, according to Olivia Wilde, who was told to look hotter for a role.


Actor Olivia Wilde‘s Vogue interview recently explored “freeing the nipple,” but Wilde admitted that baring skin, especially for an audition when she was first starting out, wasn’t top of mind. She recalled how a casting agent groused at a turtleneck she was going to wear to an audition, insisting that she show more skin in order to score the role. Wilde said it took close to a decade before she truly understood how to play the Hollywood game.

Olivia Wilde got a crash course in auditions long before her Vogue interview

She recalled leaving for an audition wearing a wool turtleneck and casting agent Mali Finn made her change. “I remember one audition,” she shared on The Off Camera Show. “I was heading up to the audition and I was wearing a turtleneck. Like a wool turtleneck in Los Angeles in summer.”

At the time she was working for Finn who offered some guidance. “And I was like heading out and she said, ‘Whoa, that’s what you’re wearing to the audition?’” Wilde continued. “It’s like, ‘Oh,’ having not thought about it.

And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ And she said, ‘No, you need to go, go change and find something. You just wear something that shows a little bit of your skin.’ And I was like, ‘Mali, what are you saying?’ I had seen her send girls home from auditions for wearing revealing outfits.”

“And she would say, ‘Who are you trying to impress?’ And I’d seen those interactions, so I would be shocked that she was telling me to change,” Wilde asserted. “But she saw this like this girl who was just from such another planet. Wearing a wool turtleneck to an audition and she was like, ‘Get real, this is Hollywood honey. You gotta show them that you have skin.’ I wrestled with it. I’m so kind of confused by it.

And I thought, OK, I get it. We have to play the game.

And I think took me 10 years to truly understand.”

A job working in a casting agency helped her see Hollywood through a new lens

Wilde’s first job in Hollywood was at a casting agency, which gave her unique insight into what worked and what didn’t work when it came to auditions. “It was some good advice,” she said. “I had asked a friend of my parents who I knew produced films and she… Brinkwire Entertainment short news.


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