Margot Robbie used to panic when she saw Dakota Fanning in big movies.
The 24-year-old actress is one of the hottest names in the industry right now thanks to her role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street and a recent nomination for the EE BAFTA Rising Star award.
Australian-born Margot started out with a role in soap Neighbours and remembers feeling an intense urge to make it in America. And seeing 20-year-old Dakota make waves really pushed her along.
“I would freak out, because I was only 17 and Dakota Fanning was younger than me and doing all these films. I would say to myself, ‘I need to get a move on,'” she admitted to ShortList magazine.
“I’m just a very impatient person. I remember when I signed with my agent, I told him we needed to get the ball rolling with the US. He said, ‘You don’t need to be in such a hurry,’ and I said, ‘Yes I do.’ The person I compared myself to was so much younger than me, and I needed to get a move on. My agent said, ‘Enough with Dakota Fanning!’ I think I drove him crazy. I used every minute I got.”
Neighbours didn’t exactly ease Margot into her career, with the star describing it as a “bootcamp” for actors. When she walked off set, she promised herself she’d never work on anything as tough again, although she admits it taught her good discipline.
Her latest film is Focus, which co-stars Will Smith. Many know him as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but Margot was blissfully unaware.
“Will is everything you can imagine, and more – but I’d actually never heard of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air,” she confessed.
“He was… not offended, but maybe a little surprised I didn’t know who Jazzy Jeff was. I didn’t understand a lot of the references, which of course the crew were all over. I said his name wrong, I called him Jazzy Jam or something. Will said, ‘Are you serious” I had no idea what he was talking about. I think he thought I was a lost cause.”