Olivia Wilde Talks Sexism in Hollywood: 'I Felt Minimalized' by Being One of the 'Attractive' Actresses
By Rachel McRady
Yelena Yemchuk for The EDIT
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.
“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
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.’”