Interview: Margot Robbie on Terminal’s bad reviews, #MeToo and cockney accent. – TASS

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As Terminal is hitting screens in Russia and across the globe, TASS’ Dmitry Medvedenko speaks to Academy Award nominee Margot Robbie, the film’s star and producer, about what it’s like to do two jobs at a time, how titles get lost in translation, and how she feels about bad reviews and low scores.

– Terminal is coming to theaters across the globe, you filmed two years ago, and the world has somewhat changed over these two years, hasn’t it?

– Yes, definitely. At LuckyChap, our company, all of our films have a large female element to them, whether it’s a female-driven story because there’s a female protagonist, or written or directed by a female. Obviously, in the last just 8 months, after the #metoo and #timesup movement suddenly we had to look at our projects differently, and some suddenly felt even more relevant, while some felt less relevant. It’s a very big shift in the culture and in the industry, and it has kind of brought other things to the forefront of our minds. To reply to your question, Terminal, which had already been shot, it sadly and ironically feels more relevant now, releasing it at this time. It is a classic female revenge story.

– Yet the protagonist in Terminal has a very strong sexual power and vibe that she uses to drive the narrative forward.

– Yes. Vaughn [Stein], the director, and I talked a lot about how Annie has a whole dress-up box and how she can be a chameleon and transform herself into whatever she knows men want to see her as, whether it’s a sexy stripper or a kooky waitress or whatever – she understands the male gaze and knows how it shifts, so she can fulfill her plans where they’re not looking. It was very much a play on the classic film noir or femme fatale trope. And we kind of wanted to lean into that and subvert the tropes in some way.

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Margot Robbie on new Harley Quinn film, Tarantino and what made her love her ‘formal’ name. – USA Today

HOLLYWOOD – “Margot” seems too stuffy for Margot Robbie.

No offense to the fancy French Margots of the world, but Aussie actress Robbie, 27, is more exuberant than her name. Hours before the premiere of her new movie Terminal, she’s approachable in jeans and a T-shirt, and lights up when talking about her love of hockey, haunted houses and “any high-adrenaline activity,” as she says.

“I have such a weird, formal name,” the Oscar-nominated actress concedes. “It’s kind of like an old-lady name.”

Maybe she’s more of an Annie?

That’s the name of her mysterious protagonist in Terminal, a twisted neo-noir film that arrives Friday in theaters and on digital platforms such as iTunes and Amazon. The Vaughn Stein-directed movie was the first Robbie produced through her company, LuckyChap Entertainment. It was shot in 2016, back “when we had no idea what we were doing, to be honest,” she says, and before Robbie starred in and produced her acclaimed I, Tonya.

A lot has happened since: In 2017 alone, Robbie worked on five films.

So there was plenty to discuss when she sat down to chat with USA TODAY, including what made the star love her name and why she pushed for a female director on the forthcoming Harley Quinn film.

Question: Your Terminal character is given pet names “Bottled Blond” and “Sugarplum,” which she clearly doesn’t appreciate. Do you like nicknames?

Robbie: At school, I was called “Maggot,” which was horrible and so traumatic and a reason I despised my name. But now I love (my name because) my mom named me after a girl she grew up with.

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Margot on the Today Show and The Project while in Australia promoting “Peter Rabbit”.

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