As one of Hollywood's most in-demand actresses, Olivia Wilde seems to be right in her prime.
However, in an interview for Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show on Tuesday, the "Vinyl" star revealed that she once lost out on a major role because she wasn't young enough.
Olivia told Howard that she'd "auditioned unsuccessfully" for "The Wolf of Wall Street" when she was 28, and was given a roundabout explanation why she got passed over.
"The funniest thing I heard recently was, I had heard for a part that I was too sophisticated," Olivia said. "I thought, 'Oh, that sounds nice. I like that feedback. I didn't get the part but I'm a very sophisticated person.'"
The now-32-year-old went on to explain that "sophisticated" turned out to be a bit of an industry code phrase.
"Then I found out later they actually said 'old,'" she laughed. "I want to make a translation sheet for Hollywood that’s all the feedback your agents give you and what it really means."
Olivia said she harbored no hard feelings after the experience. Instead of dwelling on professional disappointment, she's always chosen to look ahead and move forward.
"I have some ability to cut off emotionally," she told Howard. "The second I don't get a role, it’s dead to me."
Despite the missed opportunity, things ultimately ended up working out.
Olivia said that when "Wolf" director Martin Scorsese began developing "Vinyl" for HBO, she didn't even need to try out because she was already on the filmmaker's radar.
"It shows that if you don’t get something — job interview, whatever you do for a living — it might lead to something else," she told Howard.
While Olivia didn't explicitly specify which "Wolf" part she was up for, the working mom did praise Aussie bombshell Margot Robbie for her breakout performance as the second wife of Leonardo DiCaprio's character.
"I thought she kicked so much ass in that movie," Olivia said.
She also clarified her comments via Twitter on Wednesday morning, calling Margot a "sexy ninja" and referring to "Vinyl" as her "dream job."
"Vinyl" airs Sunday nights at 9 PM ET/PT on HBO.
-- Erin Biglow