GOLD Coast stylist Tara Rose Hyman had no idea her Logies mission to dress Neighbours star Margot Robbie would involve locating a missing dress and safeguarding a $120,000 diamond bracelet.
Hyman, 19, was asked by her lifelong friend to style her outfit after Robbie’s risque frock caused public uproar at last year’s TV awards because of its short front.
Both Hyman and Robbie, Somerset College graduates, knew all eyes would be on the popular actress’s dress this year.
It was Hyman’s job to put together Robbie’s Logies ensemble, from a $120,000 ‘gladiator cuff’ from Marina Mirage’s Calleija Jewellers and Tony Bianco heels, right down to the correct underwear, and have it all ready and waiting for Robbie at the Crown Towers Melbourne hotel.
It took four months and several trips to the Gold Coast and Brisbane to ensure Robbie had the perfect Juli Grbac grown, which the designer has refused to put a price on.
Neighbours bosses are battling to keep Margot Robbie on the soap after hearing that she may quit, a report has claimed.
The actress has allegedly told producers that she would like to bow out from her role as Donna Freedman and pursue new projects when her current contract expires at the end of the year.
It is thought that the Neighbours team is now trying to convince Robbie to sign a new deal, but her future as Donna is still said to be uncertain.
A Ramsay Street insider told TV Week: “They’re negotiating to renew her contract at the end of the year so no decision has been made. At one stage, it looked like she was definitely leaving, but now things are a bit more optimistic.”
A spokesperson for Neighbours‘ Australian broadcaster Channel Ten insisted: “Margot isn’t going anywhere for a long while yet. Producers love the character of Donna Freedman and there’s plenty in store for her in the coming months, particularly in terms of her on-off romance with Ringo.”
Robbie has previously made no secret of her desire to pursue new roles. In interviews published last year, she revealed that she would like to find work in the US and secure ‘grittier’ parts.
Neighbours star Margot Robbie has revealed that she wants to see screen mother Tottie Goldsmith back in Erinsborough.
The actress’s character Donna Freedman was devastated last year when scheming mum Cassandra descended on Ramsay Street for a short-lived stint. Cass’s time with her daughter only served to worsen their relationship and she ended up leaving the street in disgrace.
However, Robbie told TV Soap that they got on much better in real life, explaining: “I would love Tottie to come back. We just had a ball when she was on set. It was just the most fun.
“We would giggle, and once we started we just couldn’t stop. It was ridiculous. So any excuse to get Cass back on the show, I would fully get behind that.”
Robbie also commented on Donna’s turbulent romance with Ringo Brown (Sam Clark), which recently ended after she grew close to new arrival Andrew Robinson (Jordan Smith).
Speaking of the pair’s future, she explained: “I think at the moment it’s quite in the balance. It’s right up to the network at the moment as to whether they’ll get back together or not.”
Neighbours newcomer Jordan Smith has admitted that he is enjoying his kissing scenes on the soap.
The actor, who was cast in the role of Paul Robinson’s son Andrew last year, was required to lock lips with co-star Margot Robbie (Donna Freedman) during his first day on set.
Reflecting on the experience, Smith commented: “It’s bit weirder in rehearsals because you come face-to-face and don’t kiss. You’re just kind of breathing on each other. But when you kiss it’s pretty fun actually!”
Speaking to the show’s official website, he added: “When I told my mates I’d be kissing Margot Robbie they were pretty stoked. I didn’t know who Margot was. I hadn’t watched the show before. But when I saw her I thought, ‘This isn’t going to be difficult’.
“Because she’s such a good actress and she’s really professional she made it really easy. She talked me through it and said ‘don’t worry about it’.”
Smith’s first scenes will air on UK screens next week.
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!”