Olivia Wilde said she felt 'minimised' when people focused solely on her looks
Published 19/02/2016 | 08:21
Actress Olivia Wilde is glad her looks are no longer all people want to talk about when they first meet her.
The 31-year-old Vinyl star, who has strong connections to Ireland, believes there is a dark side to being beautiful that is not often discussed, and she has experienced frequent disempowerment when others dismissed her talent and intelligence and focused on her stunning physical appearance instead.
"When I was younger, it felt like the main point was that (I was) one of the attractive actresses, and I felt totally minimised by it, as everyone does," she told NET-A-PORTER's magazine The Edit, noting the spotlight on her looks has waned over the years.
"It's worn off, in a good way. I'm happy to have grown out of the place where that is the main point made about me."
Meanwhile, Olivia is also making a stand about the gender pay gap, which became a hot button topic in 2014 following the publication of salary details during the Sony hacking drama.
She believes much of the salary disparity comes down to subconscious attitudes held by entertainment executives and other powerful members of the showizcommunity.
"It's institutional," she explained while discussing the issue of women not being paid as much as men with the same jobs in the movie business. "It's not conscious. People don't realise 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.
"People are now saying, 'Listen, you need to hire women, specifically because they are women'. Although that's uncomfortable, it's how things change."
Back in 2014, Olivia and her infant son Otis, who is now 21 months old, posed together in a photoshoot with photographer Patrick Demarchelier for America's Glamour magazine.
In the snap she was breastfeeding her little boy and the image led to mixed reviews, with some people slamming Olivia for being obscene, and others thanking her for being so open.
To this day the Her actress finds the adverse reactions puzzling, because she doesn't think nursing is such a big deal.
"I didn't know breastfeeding was controversial," she exclaimed. "The fact that (the media) is sexualising is shocking."
Little Otis is Olivia's son with fiance Jason Sudeikis, who she became engaged to in January 2013 - and she insists that parenthood isn't weighing heavy on the couple's wedding plans - there's still no rush.
"Before you have a child, marriage is the ultimate commitment and promise to one another," Olivia said. "Then once you have a child, it's like, 'Oh, we're committed and promised already'."