The stunning Margot Robbie became the unstoppable force. Landing the role in The Wolf of Wall Street only opened her many doors in the Hollywood industry, and Vanity Fair even called the summer of 2016, “the summer of Margot Robbie,” when Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan hit the world.
Knowing what she wants
Margot Robbie was raised by her mother, and she shared with Vogue, “I adore my mother…She’s the most pure-hearted, divine human being.” She knew what she wanted when she was very young. “I went to a school where all of my friends were very well-off…and I went to their houses a lot, and so I knew what it looked like to be rich but I didn’t have it, so I was like: OK — I know exactly what I want.” She further revealed, ‘’I always said, ‘Mom — there was a really cool way of spelling my name, and you picked the boring way that gets everyone confused. They forget the T or call me Mar-got.”
Robbie spent most of her early years on her grandparents’ farm on Australia’s Gold Coast. Yahoo! Canada revealed that Robbie prefers to be “surfing, or out on the farm hunting wild pigs, building cubbies out in the paddocks, or riding around on motorbikes.” In an interview with Neighbours in 2009, Robbie talked about her fashion choices, “I guess I’m more casual, a bit more boyish. I don’t really like the girly-girly look so much.” In 2008 she revealed, “If I’m not at home I have to be at the beach surfing…I bought my first board at a garage sale when I was about ten. I also love jet skiing and snowboarding…And I’m a real rev-head. I love V8 cars.”
She knew she wanted to be an actress. After finishing year 12 at Australia’s Somerset College, Robbie, only 17 years old, she got the role in soap opera Neighbors. But she said that she worked really hard to be where she is now. In an interview with ACTU, she revealed, “I think I’ve had every kind of job. Before Neighbours, I was working at Subway. I’ve worked in restaurants behind the bar, in the kitchen. I did retail for two years. I’ve done some secretary work.”
Despite Neighbors being a success, she had bigger ambitions. On her spare time, she got the help of a coach to help her with her American accent. She revealed to The Sydney Morning Herald, “I thought, ‘I’m going to use this time on Neighbours to save my money, have my ducks lined up.’ So I found a better agent in Melbourne, and said, ‘This is what I want to do — I want to go to America. How should we execute this plan?”
Moving to America
In 2011, she left Neighbors and headed for America. “Every move has been carefully planned, it’s been really strategic…When people write articles, they talk about [an] ‘overnight sensation’ — it’s been anything but. It feels like it’s been a long process.” With some money from Neighbours under her arm, the 20-year-old Robbie knocked on the doors of the land of dreams. “Enough, in case I was unemployed for three years.” She got the role in TV show Pan Am, which was canceled after one season in 2012.
She got to audition for the Martin Scorsese movie, The Wolf of Wall Street. Robbie revealed that she was brought in to audition with Leonardo DiCaprio and that the things weren’t going well. “In my head I was like, ‘You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don’t do something impressive, nothing will ever come of it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, just take it’…And so I start screaming at him [Leo] and he’s yelling back at me. So I walk up really close to his face and then I’m like, Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever? But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, ‘Whack!’ I hit him in the face … And that’s not in the script at all. The room just went dead silent and I froze.” Luckily, it paid off. Robbie wasn’t too crazy about her character, Naomi Lapaglia, but as time went by, she changed her mind. She revealed to Elle, “By the time we got to shooting, I loved her. She’s a bada** who’s making lemonade — with no f**king lemons.”
The negative side of being famous
The Wolf of Wall Street was a huge success, and Robbie got to experience the bad side of fame. “The worst bit is people making things up about you and printing absolute lies,” she said to Elle. The rumors about her having an affair with DiCaprio and Will Smith hurt her. “No — none of that’s true … But my family doesn’t know that they’re just allowed to print what they want. My grandmother is embarrassed to go to church because the whole town is gossiping — and that absolutely breaks my heart.”
Speaking her mind
She talked about nudity after her role in The Wolf of Wall Street, “I think nudity for the sake of nudity is shameful … If they’ve put it in just so that a girl gets her top off, then that’s disgusting. And you can always tell … But I also think it’s disgusting when someone would have [gotten] naked in real life, [but] in the film they conveniently leave their bra on, or hold up the bed sheet.” She further said to The Telegraph, “The whole point of Naomi is that her body is her only form of currency in this world. So when Marty [Scorsese] was trying to help me out and said in the scene where she seduces Jordan, perhaps I could have a robe on, I said she wouldn’t. She has to be naked. She’s laying her cards on the table.” And Robbie’s not looking back. She continued on to say that the decision to take on this role is one she’ll “never regret.”
Damsel in distress?
She has a rule of taking the roles in the movies. She explained to Vogue, “There’s no way I was going to play the damsel in distress.” At the time of the interview, she was talking about her role of Jane in The Legend of Tarzan, and she noted that her Jane won’t be that girl. “It just felt very epic and big and magical in some way. I haven’t done a movie like that.” Her later movie, Suicide Squad brought her even bigger fame. She portrayed Haley Quinn, and she said about the character, “She doesn’t even have superpowers … She’s just a psychopath who runs around gleefully killing people — she finds joy in causing mayhem, which makes her weirdly endearing and fun to watch.”
“I was the ultimate single gal. The idea of relationships made me want to vomit. And then this crept up on me. We were friends for so long. I was always in love with him [Tom Ackerley], but I thought, ‘Oh, he would never love me back. Don’t make it weird, Margot. Don’t be stupid and tell him that you like him.’ And then it happened, and I was like, ‘Of course we’re together. This makes so much sense, the way nothing has ever made sense before,'” she explained to Vogue. The two met on the set of the World War II drama Suite Française in 2013. They began dating in 2014, and in 2016 they married in a secret ceremony.
Tonya Harding was a skater who became infamous after an alleged attack on Nancy Kerrigan, her rival. I, Tonya was a movie from 2016 based on Tonya Harding, and Robbie got the role. One reviewer said for Vulture, “[Margot] Robbie’s screen presence makes her seem, at first blush, more suited to play Kerrigan. But just a few minutes into I, Tonya, I found myself captivated by the anger and blunt physicality that define Robbie’s performance.” She got an Oscar nomination for the role.
Margot Robbie’s future seems very bright. She got the role of Queen Elizabeth I in 2018’s Mary Queen of Scots, and we are highly anticipating the movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, where she appears alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.