Ayo Edebiri's House Was Almost Used in Martin Scorsese's “The Departed”: 'My Villain Origin Story'

The 'Inside Out 2' star revealed on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' that her dad did not allow director Martin Scorsese to film 2006 crime drama 'The Departed' at their house

<p>Lloyd Bishop/NBC via Getty</p> Ayo Edebiri on Late Night With Seth Meyers

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Ayo Edebiri on Late Night With Seth Meyers

Ayo Edebiri has a personal “villain origin story” — and it's tied to the 2006 film The Departed.

Edebiri appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on June 17 and revealed that her house was scouted for use in the crime drama, but her father ultimately turned down the opportunity.

In her interview, the Boston native, 28, explained that she was 10 years old when director Martin Scorsese, now 81, filmed The Departed in the Massachusetts city. According to Edebiri, a person from the production team asked her dad if they could use their home to film.

<p>Lloyd Bishop/NBC via Getty</p> Ayo Edebiri (left) and Seth Meyers on <em>Late Night with Seth Meyers</em>

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Ayo Edebiri (left) and Seth Meyers on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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"Me and my dad were heading out to piano lessons," she recalled in the interview. "They were like ‘Hey, we’re about to film this Martin Scorsese movie; how would you feel about letting us use your house?' "

The Inside Out 2 actress said that her dad responded " 'Use my house so you can get the deed to my house? You see a working immigrant man with a house and you want to steal the house? Nice try.' "

Edebiri recounted the production staffer telling her father: "That’s not how that works." It was ultimately explained that they would pay to film scenes at the house with Leonardo DiCaprio.

“He’s like ‘Yeah you pay me money so in court you can say you paid for my house,' " Edebiri said, confirming her dad then completely shut down the ask.

The production ended up using “another house in our neighborhood," Edebiri told Meyers. She noted that she was a self-proclaimed fan of Dicaprio, 49, at the time and joked that she “[doesn’t] play piano anymore” as an act of “revenge” after losing out on the opportunity to meet the actor.

<p>Ayo Edebiri/Instagram</p> Ayo Edebiri and her parents Dele and Helen Edebiri

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Ayo Edebiri and her parents Dele and Helen Edebiri

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Along with Dicaprio, the movie — which is about a cop working undercover to infiltrate an Irish gang in South Boston while a criminal rises in the ranks of the police department — also stars Vera Farmiga, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg.

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Just this year, Wahlberg, 53, spoke about some of the issues he faced while filming The Departed on an episode of Josh Horowitz's Happy Sad Confused podcast. On the March 14 episode he said, though, that “all worked out in the end.”

Wahlberg’s role in The Departed earned him his first Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. He reflected during his podcast appearance that “ultimately, I think when I read that particular role, I was like, 'OK, this is a good role. This is an opportunity for me to really go off and have some fun.' "

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