Margot Robbie was on vacation in Croatia when she heard she had landed an audition with Will Smith for upcoming flick Focus the following day — which meant she had to hightail it out of there and make it to New York City Amazing Race-style, the actress admitted to reporters at a press conference on Monday, Feb. 9.
“It was 6 in the morning,” the Wolf of Wall Street actress told Us Weekly and other reporters at an event in Los Angeles. “I’d been swimming, and I got the call saying, ‘Oh, yeah. You need to be doing an audition with Will Smith like tomorrow in New York. So your flight’s booked for tonight.'”
“And I was like, ‘Tonight? Oh, my God.’ I asked the lady at the hostel I was staying at, ‘Oh, how do I get off this island? I need to go to the mainland.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, there’s only one boat a day, and it leaves in 20 minutes.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, my God,’” she continued.
Robbie recalled she then grabbed all her belongings, “left half of it probably in the hostel,” and got to the airport.
“I waited eight hours, and then I went to France, and then I went to New York. And by the time I got to New York, I’d now not slept for, like, well over two days,” she said.
To make it all even more chaotic? The blonde said the airline also lost her luggage.
“My audition was about seven hours away,” she explained. “So I walk into the audition in wet sneakers and denim shorts and a pajama shirt, which was the only dry thing I had before they lost my luggage. I just walked in. And I was like, ‘I cannot meet Will Smith in my pajama shirt.’ So I went to Topshop and grabbed [a] top and then walked in.”
Smith, who was present for what she’s dubbed the “horrendous” moment, chimed in and told reporters, “No, no” she didn’t look awful.
Margot Robbie went from Australian soap opera actress to Martin Scorsese leading lady, taking overnight stardom in laid-back stride. With a spate of movies on deck, including this month’s con-artist dramedy Focus, Hollywood’s girl-most-wanted (and offscreen daredevil) is no drive-by talent. As writer Aaron Gell discovers, she’s on the move, full speed ahead.
I was in the first press audience to screen Z for Zachariah, and I walked out practically skipping, along with several of my fellow journalists, because we’d been so enthralled by this tense, quiet drama, set against stunning New Zealand scenery, in which Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine play the last people on Earth. Our reviewer Bilge Ebiri, who saw the movie the next day, felt otherwise. But we both agree that the performances were outstanding. An adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s 1974 postapocalyptic children’s book, Z for Zachariah is a step toward more mainstream filmmaking for director Craig Zobel, who made waves at Sundance two years ago with Compliance, based on the true story of a prank caller who manipulated fast-food managers into conducting harrowing interrogations of their employees.
Pine’s character is a new addition to the story, and the age of Robbie’s character, Ann, has thankfully been increased from the book’s 16 to something more appropriate for a woman upon whose womb rests the fate of mankind. I spoke with Robbie and Ejiofor about their apocalypse-survival skills, on-set toga parties, and how not even the end of the world can stop racial and sexual tension.
The actress says THR power stylist Cristina Ehrlich handed her a cold brew after an exhausting first day together, causing her to exclaim: “We are going to get along so well.”
Margot Robbie has spilled the secret to winning her heart: a good beer.
The Wolf of Wall Street actress says stylist Cristina Ehrlich plied her with a beer after an exhausting first day of work together, and that’s how she knew the pair would make a great team.
“I went for six hours, and we were delirious,” the Wolf of Wall Street star recalls while sitting next to Ehrlich, who is No. 8 on The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists of 2014. “The first thing you did was offered me a beer, and I was like ‘We are going to get along so well. This is my kind of stylist.’ ”
Robbie — who affectionately calls Ehrlich “Mama C” — says before meeting up with THR for the shoot, her stylist was feeding her “like I was a baby.”
“She takes care of me. Today she was spoon feeding me my lunch … while I was getting zipped into dresses, because that’s how little time we had.”
Ehrlich says “there is a nod to old Hollywood” in her client, but “she has a very glamorous feel about her that is very modern.”
ALSO: For the Aussies, Margot had an interview with NW (New Weekly Magazine) which is out in Aussie newsagents and retailers! For those who can’t get the mag, I will be sure to have scans coming soon with others. Watch this space!
It’s hard to imagine saying “no” to Martin Scorsese. The Oscar-winning director of “The Departed,” “Hugo,” “GoodFellas” and more remains one of the most prolific filmmakers in the business, as fresh and energized now at 71 years old as he’s ever been.
But Australian actress Margot Robbie nearly turned down the chance to work with Scorsese on “The Wolf of Wall Street,” based on true-stories of fraud and crime on Wall Street in the 1980s. Robbie plays Naomi Lapaglia in the film, a role that requires no small amount of nudity — a fact that nearly drove Robbie away from the project.
She’s worked with Richard Curtis and Martin Scorsese and has even slapped Leonardo DiCaprio round the face – but Margot Robbie still gets accosted by Karl Kennedy fans.
In the eyes of budding film stars, Margot Robbie is in an enviable position. “I must be hated by every actress,” she announces, sipping on tea in a lavish London hotel suite. And she has a point – in the space of just two and a half years, the 23-year-old has gone from Neighbours regular to one of Tinseltown’s ones to watch. She may only appear in Richard Curtis’s About Time for “like, five minutes”, but the blonde Aussie’s next role sees her deep among the A-listers. From the moment Robbie was cast as the prime love interest in The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese’s hotly anticipated blockbuster featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill – she became the envy of Hollywood.
“It was the best experience of my entire life,” she recalls, brimming with excitement over the film that is sure to make her name. “It was the most insane script – I don’t know how to prepare people for the movie they’re going to see. Everyone involved was the best at what they do so creatively it was heaven.” And there’s the added bonus of playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, of course…
Australian actor Margot Robbie is about to hit the big time, starring in the new Richard Curtis romcom. But it’s her next role, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, that seems to have really got her excited.
Margot Robbie is the most nearly-famous almost-star you’ve never heard of. At only 23 years old, the Australian actor has already been directed by Martin Scorsese and Richard Curtis and starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio; a call from Woody Allen can’t be far off. Next month she begins filming the caper comedy Focus, in which she’ll star as a pickpocket who falls for a con artist played by Will Smith. Consequently, she has a lot to be excited about. So once she starts talking about the thrill of getting this callback while she was doing that read-through, or interrupting a backpacking holiday in Croatia with her brother to travel for 50 hours by plane, train and catamaran to an audition in New York, it’s best to just to let her finish; it’s also highly refreshing to find that she has not yet had the ebullience ground out of her by promotional duties.