Nominated for an Oscar for her latest role as the controversial ice skater Tonya Harding, Margot Robbie talks to Stylist about refusing to toe the line.
In a gourmet bakery on LA’s La Brea Avenue, over a bowl of chia seeds and berries, Margot Robbie and I are comparing the size of our respective canines’ poo. (Hers is a petite rescue mutt named Boo Radley, mine a chihuahua mix.) “They are so small. Like, this big,” she says pointing to a raspberry, her grin nearing the width of the peak of her black nautical cap. “It’s so good.”
Robbie is the kind of Best Actress Academy Award nominee who can talk unflinchingly about dog poo despite the fact that, after her lead turn in black comedy I, Tonya, she is being considered among the best actors of her generation. She’s also president of her own production company, LuckyChap Entertainment (which she runs with four of her seven former south London flatmates, including her husband, Tom Ackerley). Sunny, quick-witted and unshowy, Robbie is, to coin a breakfast-related metaphor, a good egg.
A good egg but a badass: the 27-year-old thumped Leonardo DiCaprio in the face without warning in her audition for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, her breakthrough role which came only a year after graduating from Neighbours in 2011. She does many of her own stunts, gave a speech at 2017’s Women in Hollywood Awards calling out the film industry’s propensity to see women “in the simplest terms and with the most convenient definitions”, and can trapeze and tattoo: she famously inked emojis on her 2016 Suicide Squad co-star Cara Delevingne’s toes. In short, Robbie seems to approach life as if she is leaping out of a plane to land feet-first on a bullseye. (She also skydives.)
The Oscar-nominated actress also opens up about how she got into the mind-set of Tonya Harding.
Robbie already was becoming known — for her breakout role in The Wolf of Wall Street and for playing the demented villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad — but the Australian actress, 27, proved her range by portraying infamous figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. Robbie earned her first Oscar nomination for playing the ice champ from ages 15 through 40 in the dark comedy, which attempts to explain how an athlete with such raw talent could land at the center of the sport’s biggest scandal. Robbie spoke to THR about her favorite memories from the shoot and the awards-season circuit.
What was it like to hear you’d been nominated?
I was at home in Australia for the I, Tonya premiere, and it was 1 in the morning when the nominations started coming through. We were already out at the after-party, so I was literally with all my friends and my family, and we were already having some champagne, and then we obviously kept celebrating. It was perfect.
Have you had any unexpected interactions during awards season?
You start meeting people that you just, like, you had no idea they even knew who you were. I had quite a surreal moment where I watched Thelma & Louise the night before the SAG Awards, and then the first two people I ran into were Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. That was so bizarre.
A massive couple of days for Margot leading up to the BAFA’s. First attending the Nespresso British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party and then attending the Charles Finch & CHANEL Pre-Bafta party on the Saturday, before the main event on Sunday night. (Photos from all events added to the gallery)
Unfortunatly Margot didnt win the award for leading actress with Frances McDormand again taking the award. However Allison was able to win the Supporting actress award for her portrayal of Tonya Hardings mother in the film. Margot did present an award during the show.
It is almost two months until Easter but it isn’t too early for kids of all ages to hop down the bunny trail starting Friday, Feb. 9 when Columbia Pictures releases the animated/live action Peter Rabbit, featuring a brand-new adventure for the classic characters created by Beatrix Potter.
The new incarnation stays true to the source material in that Peter’s (voiced by James Corden) desire to dine on the delights of Mr. McGregor’s (Domhnall Gleeson) garden is still in full force; but where it takes the rascally, jacket-wearing rabbit, his likewise clothed sisters — Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), and Cotton-tail (Daisy Ridley) and cousin Benjamin (Colin Moody) — after that is all new.
Margot attends the Luncheon for the 2018 90th Annual Oscars Nominees in Beverly Hills. Added photos to the gallery and a video for role call for the Class 2018 photo of the Nominees. Also added photos from the ‘Film Independent Screening’ Screening at Q & A for ‘I,Tonya’.