Olivia Wilde Talks Sexism in Hollywood: 'I Felt Minimalized' by Being One of the 'Attractive' Actresses

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Don’t call Olivia Wilde “the pretty one.” The Vinyl actress, 31, is tired of being labeled based on her looks, telling Net-A-Porter’s The Edit that it’s just one example of ongoing sexism in Hollywood. 

“When I was younger, it felt like the main point was that [I was] one of the attractive actresses, and I felt totally minimalized by it, as everyone does,” she told the digital mag. “But it’s worn off, in a good way; I’m happy to have grown out of the place where that is the main point being made about me.” 

One particularly difficult experience was trying to get her indie flick, Meadowland, financed and struggling to be taken seriously as both the star and one of the film’s producers. 

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“Many people said, ‘Come to us when the project is real,’” she recalled. “I answered: ‘The project is real: we have a director, we have an actor, we have a script, it’s real.’ And they said, ‘No – when you get the guy attached.’ Like we were just girls with a little project.” 

Wilde acknowledged that the incident was a part of a bigger issue, which she views as being a product of the industry. 

“It’s institutional,” she said. “It’s not conscious. People don’t realize what they’re saying, because you hear it from both men and women. But there’s this sense that a project is incomplete if there’s no male participation.”

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And while she still thinks there’s many steps to be made toward gender equality in Hollywood, Wilde is pretty content when it comes to her personal life. She has been engaged to actor Jason Sudeikis since January 2013, but she’s in no rush to head down the aisle.

“We are seriously connected,” she said. “Before you have a child, marriage is the ultimate commitment and promise to one another, and then once you have a child, it’s like, ‘Oh, we’re committed and promised already.’”

The couple welcomed son Otis in April 2014.