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 star Margot Robbie has revealed she is in trouble with the soap’s bosses for getting a henna tattoo on her hand.
The actress, who plays Donna Freedman in the Aussie show, said she got the inking at a racing event, without realising it wouldn’t wash off.
She said: “I was in a tent at the races with an Indian theme, and they were doing henna tattoos, and I thought, that’s really cool.”
She went on: “I thought it was like face paint and come off straight away afterwards. And then I found out that it won’t come off for about a month.
“And I am in huge trouble at work today because we can’t just rock up with a tattoo. The make-up department are going to kill me. We’ve had to do a major cover-up. It’s a drama.”
She said the body art breaks “strict” rules, and berated herself for not reading the signs.
“We’ve got really strict rules – usually, I can’t even paint my nails or put on fake tan or I’ll get in trouble with continuity, so a tattoo is definitely out of bounds.
“It would have been a better story if I had been drunk, but I was sober. I was just an idiot and didn’t read the sign that says it doesn’t wash off.”
However, she said the inking might be easier to hide as it was on her left hand.
Source: The Press Association.
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.