Olivia Wilde Knows The Hollywood Game- Check The Advice She Got

  • In an recent interview with Vogue actor Olivia Wilde‘s 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.

Wilde got a crash course in auditions

She recalls once she was 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.”

In fact at that 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?’” Olivia 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.”

Working in a casting agency helped Olivia

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However, 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 said, ‘Work in casting.’ Indeed she was saying it as a way to say, and [then you’ll know how gross Hollywood is].”

Mashfak Qureshi is an entertainment journalist, who brings facts and knowledge in the simplest form and believes in questioning.

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