Neighbours star Margot Robbie has admitted that she was stunned to land her role on the soap.
The actress feared that she had performed badly after auditioning for the part of Donna Freedman and soon jetted off for a holiday without waiting to hear back from the show’s bosses.
Robbie told the Herald Sun: “I went to Canada to go snowboarding with my boyfriend. I didn’t give it a moment’s thought. I thought I’d done a really bad audition, so I just walked out and thought, ‘Oh well’.
“But you know, you get one phone call and it changes your life. We’d been in Canada for two days and I got that call and I sort of said, ‘Bye, I guess I’m leaving for home’. But I did manage one day of snowboarding.”
Discussing her eccentric alter ego, she continued: “[Donna’s] really dramatic, but I guess I can be a bit dramatic at times. Playing her is always fun – it’s a huge amount of fun – but it is exhausting. It’s often 15 hours a day and there are times that you get sick because you are so run down.”
The 19-year-old recently spoke of how she would like to land a ‘grittier’ role in the future.
NEIGHBOURS star Margot Robbie has been making the most of her summer break from Ramsay Street, Australian television’s most famous address.
Gold Coast-reared Robbie, 19, holidayed in Fiji, joined her family in Noosa for Christmas then drove south to board a houseboat on the Broadwater where her builder brother Lachlan celebrated his 21st birthday.
“I love this time of the year,”says Robbie.
“It’s all about swimming and tanning and catching up with friends.”
Robbie was back in Melbourne for a party on New Year’s Eve, joined by some of her besties for a party on New Year’s Eve.
“We went to school together and we’ve known each other forever.
“I just can’t live without them,” says Robbie, who schooled at Somerset College.
“You can’t live without your friends.
“I try to get back to see them as often as I can.”
Neighbours star Margot Robbie has revealed she begged the show’s writers to let her character go off the rails.
The actress, who plays kooky teenager Donna Freedman in the Australian soap, said she’s love to get her teeth into a dramatic storyline – but the show’s child-friendly rating makes it difficult.
She said: “I asked the scriptwriters if she could go off the rails and go to rehab or something!”
She continued: “They said it’s difficult to do those sorts of storylines and keep it G-rated but I’d love something really dramatic like that to happen.”
However, she gushed about how much she enjoys playing her alter ego.
“She’s great. She’s a bit crazy. I’m really glad I get to play her and not an average, boring teenage girl. You can be an average, boring teenage girl every other day of the week. It’s fun to be able to say and do these things you normally wouldn’t.”
Neighbours star Margot Robbie has admitted that her career in the entertainment industry makes her feel under pressure to stay looking good.
The actress, who plays Donna Freedman in the soap, said she prefers to focus on her acting rather than worry too much about her appearance.
“There’s always going to be pressure being in the entertainment industry,” Margot said.
“You don’t see any Hollywood actresses that are terrible looking so there’s always that pressure that to succeed in your career you need to look good.
“But at the end of the day, if your acting’s there that should be your main priority. If you thought about the way you looked all the time you’d never do a decent job acting.”
The 19-year-old said she does try and stay in shape, but prefers exercise that involves some variety.
“The thought of going for a run for an hour makes me want to grab a razor blade. I love dancing and do classes.”
She added: “I do something where it’s different all the time. Dancing’s always different or playing tennis – something fun like that. You need to do exercise but not just a set regime. It’s so hard to find time between schedules but we try!”
Neighbours star Margot Robbie has revealed she hopes to be acting in Hollywood one day.
The 19-year-old, who plays kooky Donna Freedman in the soap, said she can’t make concrete plans about her career but the “big picture” would see her moving to LA.
Margot, who is currently contracted until April on the Australian show, said: “I’ve got a big picture of where I want to be, want I want to do – I hope to be in America one day, I’d love to move to LA, I just don’t know when that would be.”
Although she is keen to pay a visit to the UK, she doesn’t see her acting future as being on these shores.
She said: “After school I always wanted to go backpacking around the UK but I guess that wouldn’t be an option now.”
Margot went on: “The jobs I want to do in the future would be Hollywood movies rather than theatre or the music industry, which thrive more in the UK, so no I’m not sure I’d work too much in the UK but I definitely hope to come and visit.”
She added that her dream role would be in something akin to Girl, Interrupted, which is set in a mental hospital.
“I’ve always wanted to play a crazy person – someone with a mental illness. I think that would be fascinating, or something that would involve a lot of research and groundwork.”
A then 16-year-old Margot Robbie with her ICU co-stars Christian Radford (left) and James Dean (right) during filming on the Gold Coast in 2007
IT has been a long time coming, but Margot Robbie’s first-ever acting role will finally hit the big screen this weekend as part of the Gold Coast Film Fantastic, which opens today.
Gold Coast-raised actor Robbie stars as Donna Freedman on Australian soapie Neighbours but her debut performance was a starring role in actor/writer and director Aash Aaron’s psychological thriller ICU, filmed more than two years ago.
Budget constraints forced Aaron to put ICU on the back seat while he and Robbie filmed another feature, Vigilante, which screened at last year’s Gold Coast Film Fantastic.
However, the director has since completed ICU and will unveil his handiwork as part of this year’s four-day Film Fantastic.
Aaron, who has also starred in Neighbours and US series The Starter Wife, says Robbie was not his first choice for ICU.
“I cast the two boys (Christian Radford and James Dean) and another girl and I felt at the first rehearsal, though beautiful, the girl just didn’t have the passion,” says Aaron.
“I asked Christian if he knew anyone and he said ‘I’ve got a girl who I’ve grown up with like a sister and she’s just dynamic’.”
That girl was Robbie, who was just 16 years old at the time. The teenager spent four months training with Aaron before shooting began in one of Q1’s highest apartments.
Neighbours and Home and Away have both been nominated at the 2009 Australian Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
Home and Away secured only one nod and will go head-to-head with Neighbours in the fave drama show category. Tween soaps Blue Water High and H20: Just Add Water round out the nominations.
Meanwhile, Neighbours’ past and present stars picked up an additional four nominations.
Ex-Ramsay Street resident Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Isabelle Hoyland) has been nominated for fave Aussie singer and fave TV star, while Margot Robbie (Donna Freedman) will go up against former co-star Dean Geyer (Ty Harper) in the fave Aussie hottie category.
Voting for the 2009 Australian Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards is open until November 1. The winners will be announced at the awards presentation on November 13.