In her first U.S. gig, young Australian actress Margot Robbie has landed a lead role on ABC’s drama pilot Pan Am, a sexy soap set against the Jet-Age about pilots and flight attendants working at the iconic Pan Am airline in the 1960s. Robbie will play Laura, a radiantly beautiful new stewardess whose candid graduation shot is on the cover of Life Magazine.
Neighbours star Margot Robbie has revealed that she wants to see screen mother Tottie Goldsmith back in Erinsborough.
The actress’s character Donna Freedman was devastated last year when scheming mum Cassandra descended on Ramsay Street for a short-lived stint. Cass’s time with her daughter only served to worsen their relationship and she ended up leaving the street in disgrace.
However, Robbie told TV Soap that they got on much better in real life, explaining: “I would love Tottie to come back. We just had a ball when she was on set. It was just the most fun.
“We would giggle, and once we started we just couldn’t stop. It was ridiculous. So any excuse to get Cass back on the show, I would fully get behind that.”
Robbie also commented on Donna’s turbulent romance with Ringo Brown (Sam Clark), which recently ended after she grew close to new arrival Andrew Robinson (Jordan Smith).
Speaking of the pair’s future, she explained: “I think at the moment it’s quite in the balance. It’s right up to the network at the moment as to whether they’ll get back together or not.”
A then 16-year-old Margot Robbie with her ICU co-stars Christian Radford (left) and James Dean (right) during filming on the Gold Coast in 2007
IT has been a long time coming, but Margot Robbie’s first-ever acting role will finally hit the big screen this weekend as part of the Gold Coast Film Fantastic, which opens today.
Gold Coast-raised actor Robbie stars as Donna Freedman on Australian soapie Neighbours but her debut performance was a starring role in actor/writer and director Aash Aaron’s psychological thriller ICU, filmed more than two years ago.
Budget constraints forced Aaron to put ICU on the back seat while he and Robbie filmed another feature, Vigilante, which screened at last year’s Gold Coast Film Fantastic.
However, the director has since completed ICU and will unveil his handiwork as part of this year’s four-day Film Fantastic.
Aaron, who has also starred in Neighbours and US series The Starter Wife, says Robbie was not his first choice for ICU.
“I cast the two boys (Christian Radford and James Dean) and another girl and I felt at the first rehearsal, though beautiful, the girl just didn’t have the passion,” says Aaron.
“I asked Christian if he knew anyone and he said ‘I’ve got a girl who I’ve grown up with like a sister and she’s just dynamic’.”
That girl was Robbie, who was just 16 years old at the time. The teenager spent four months training with Aaron before shooting began in one of Q1’s highest apartments.
“I C U” The Feature Film Thriller “WORLD PREMIERE” which stars Margot Robbie, Christian Radford & James Dean..14th of Nov 2009 at the Nifsan Gold Coast Film Fantastic Festival BCC Southport Cinemas. BOOK ON LINE FROM 16th October @ www.filmfantastic.com tickets $11.00. Checkout trailer below and can also be seen on Aash Aaron’s facebook page.