- In an recent interview with Vogue actor Olivia Wildeâs explored âfreeing the nipple,â but Wilde admitted that baring skin, especially for an audition when she was first starting out, wasnât 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. âI remember one audition,â she shared onÂ The Off Camera Show. âI was heading up to the audition and I was wearing a turtleneck. Like a wool turtleneck in Los Angeles in summer.â
In fact at that time she was working for Finn who offered some guidance. âAnd I was like heading out and she said, âWhoa, thatâs what youâre wearing to the audition?’â Olivia Wilde continued. âItâs like, âOh,â having not thought about it. And I was like, âYeah.â And she said, âNo, you need to go, go change and find something. You just wear something that shows a little bit of your skin.â And I was like, âMali, what are you saying?â I had seen her send girls home from auditions for wearing revealing outfits.â
âAnd she would say, âWho are you trying to impress?â And Iâd seen those interactions, so I would be shocked that she was telling me to change,â Wilde asserted. âBut she saw this like this girl who was just from such another planet.
Wearing a wool turtleneck to an audition and she was like, âGet real, this is Hollywood honey. You gotta show them that you have skin.â I wrestled with it. Iâm 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.â
Working in a casting agency helped Olivia
However, Wildeâs first job in Hollywood was at a casting agency, whichÂ gave her unique insightÂ into what worked and what didnât work when itÂ came to auditions. âIt was some good advice,â she said. âI had asked a friend of my parents who I knew produced films and she said, âWork in casting.â Indeed she was saying it as a way to say, and [then youâll know how gross Hollywood is].â