In the new biopic, I, Tonya, Margot Robbie goes against type to play someone who is the opposite of the bombshells she’s portrayed until now in films like Wolf of Wall Street, Focus and the Legend of Tarzan. Instead, she inhabits ice queen Tonya Harding, and it’s not pretty. Here’s why that’s a good thing: For her fearless, uninhibited performance, Robbie is getting some of the best reviews of her career, so good, in fact, the role may lead her to her first Academy Award nomination. She tells Lynn Hirschberg why the character stayed with her: “The more I became Tonya, the more I saw things from her point of view. I’m on her side 100 percent,” she says. “I don’t think she did anything but be different from what the world wanted. There are cool misfits, and then there is Tonya. She didn’t fit in. And I love that.” For her new W cover story, Robbie was photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Melanie Ward in cool-as-ever fall looks, from Calvin Klein to a sleek Nili Lotan jumpsuit. As Hirschberg writes, with her blond hair and engaged manner, “she can’t help but shine.”
Margot Robbie has been featured in Time’s 100 Most Influential People Of 2017.
The Australian actress, 26, was joined on the list by fellow Hollywood stars Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and James Corden.
She was honoured by The Wolf Of Wall Street director Martin Scorsese:
Like no one else—that’s what Margot Robbie’s like. You’re asked this question a lot about actors—”What’s she like?”—and I’ve never been able to give an answer I’m happy with. With Margot, you can recall some classic precedents: the comedic genius of Carole Lombard, for her all-bets-off feistiness; Joan Crawford, for her grounded, hardscrabble toughness; Ida Lupino, for her emotional daring. Margot has all this in addition to a unique audacity that surprises and challenges and just burns like a brand into every character she plays. She clinched her part in The Wolf of Wall Street during our first meeting—by hauling off and giving Leonardo DiCaprio a thunderclap of a slap on the face, an improvisation that stunned us all.
This is not a complete answer to the perennial question, but it’s a start. Margot is stunning in all she is and all she does, and she will astonish us forever.
Time Magazine’s The 100 Most Influential People edition is available now
Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne are now co-stars of Love Magazine’s new issue, as well as upcoming movie “Suicide Squad.”
The two stars were photographed by Willy Vanderperre for Katie Grand’s LOVE16’s latest issue.
“The first concert I ever went to was The Belle Stars. I remember my outfit vividly: white off-the-shoulder cut-off sweatshirt from Way In at Harrods, pale pink pleated skirt with dark pink stripes from Dorothy Perkins and white flat pointed winkle-picker shoes with a dark and pale pink heel and matching bow detail from Birmingham Market. Jo Parker had peroxide blonde hair and wore the opposite: pink top, white pleated skirt from Topshop,” Grand said.
“We were everything, we knew the words to every Belle Stars song and we could take on the world. Generally we would tie bits of tat in our hair and pull our tops off our shoulders and pout A LOT. So the thing is, strangely this issue is an ode to my young teenage years. Cara and Margot ARE me and Jo Parker, and it’s no coincidence that Miranda Joyce — previously the foxy sax player in The Belle Stars — did the make-up,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief and and stylist added.
Robbie appears in the new issue sporting a printed wool jumper by Balenciaga, a striped Vetements shirt and more. Delevingne was styled in a blue striped men’s shirt by Vivienne Westwood, pearl necklace by Miu Miu, round sunglasses by Marc Jacobs and more. Syd Hayes was responsible for the stars’ hair, and their make-up was done by Miranda Joyce.
The 25-year-old Australian actress appears on her very first Vogue cover, via the magazine’s June 2016 issue. It’s a major coupe for any woman in the entertainment industry, to be sure, though Robbie previously thought she’d “made it” in Hollywood after people started spelling her name correctly. After all, it can be spelled in a variety of ways—Margaux, Margo, Margot. “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,'” the Legend of Tarzan star explains. “Now everyone’s finally spelling my name right—that’s how I knew I’d made it.”
The cover star of Oyster #108: The Origins Issue is Margot Robbie, an actor who needs little introduction for anyone who grew up on a nightly dose of Neighbours or caught a little film called The Wolf of Wall Street.
Writer Sarah Nicole Prickett sat down with Margot in LA to play a game of M.A.T.C.H. during which details about Margot’s mum, tea preference and versatile laugh emerged. Read an excerpt from the story below and grab a copy of the May issue for the whole enchilada.
MARIE CLAIRE: You were circling this part for a while. What kept you so interested?
MARGOT ROBBIE: I was hoping to play a role really different to the roles I d been playing before that, and I was also hoping to film on a much smaller scale than the ones I d been doing. I’d just wrapped on Focus when we did Z for Zachariah and a lot of the films I d done before that had big plot points and huge locations. When you do an indie film you have a much smaller budget so you have less time to shoot it in and I think the time pressure can get the best out of you. I was so hoping that they would give me a chance!
From Ramsay Street to the Oscars red carpet, Robbie’s star is burning brighter than ever before.
With her sci-fi thriller, Z For Zachariah, releasing on DVD this January, we caught up with Aussie soap star-come-good Margot Robbie.
You play a woman who survives in solitude and has quite a challenging existence on the land. Did you feel like this was a role you could easily step into considering where you grew up [in the Gold Coast, and on her grandparent’s farm]?
Yeah there were definitely parts of the character that resonated with me more than any other of the characters I’ve played before, definitely the landscape and just being out on property and stuff felt more like home than shooting in New York, for example. But the solitude part was something kind of foreign to me. I grew up in a very big bustling family and these days I’m always on sets which are with lots of people; and I live with a bunch of people and I’m not really ever on my own. So it was very… it was a bit of a shock to the system to go straight from doing a whole bunch of filming and press to be suddenly in the middle of nowhere in New Zealand. It was a really isolated location which worked perfectly for the film but it was definitely a shock to the system. I think that if I was ever in Ann’s position I think that’s the thing I would definitely struggle with the most is just being on your own, it’s something I’m really not used to.