Margot Robbie: life and secrets of the Australian 'Harley Quinn'
Margot Elise Robbie was born on the 2nd of July 1990 in Dalby, Australia. While known as an actress, she started her career as a model. Read how she went from sharing an apartment with seven people to becoming one of the big stars of Hollywood.
'ICU' was Margot Robbies's first film role. It was shot in 2007 and brought out in 2009. She was 18 years old by then.
Margot Robbie's first well-known performance was in the long-standing Australian soap series 'Neighbours.' She appeared in episode 5,466 of a series that had been running since 1985.
On January 26, 2011, Margot Robbie's character Donna Freedman decided to move to New York to become a fashion designer. This was the last 'Neighbours' chapter in which Robbie appeared.
Strikingly, Margot did the same thing in real life. She moved to New York. Not as a fashion designer, but as an actress. In the series 'Pan Am' she played Laura Cameron. The show was cancelled after only one season, but Robbie made a friend for life: Christina Ricci. They shared a flat while shooting.
Not everyone may know this, but before making it in Hollywood, Margot Robbie had a number of odd jobs. She attended customers in a Subway restaurant and worked as a secretary.
What's more, Margot has the reputation of being really economical. Despite her astronomic earnings in Hollywood, she continued to share a house with seven persons until only a few years ago!
The 2010s saw Margot Robbie's jump to stardom. Under the direction of Martin Scorsese, she became Naomi Belfort. As the wife of Jordan Belfort, the 'Wolf of Wall Street,' she worked together with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. It was a highlight in cinemas that year and got 5 Oscar nominations.
In 2014, 'Suite Francaise' premiered, with Robbie's remarkable look of dark-brown, curly hair.
Around the same time, together with her partner Tom Ackerley, Sophia Kerr, and Josey McNamara, Margot Robbie founded the production company Lucky Chap Entertainment.
Margot Robbie has had a relationship with the British director Tom Ackerley since 2014. In december of 2016, they got married in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
Margot Robbie loves extreme sports. In her free time, the Australian star loves to surf, ski, and ride into the mountains on a motorbike. She also hunts feral hogs, and as a child she was trained in the art of trapeze.
Margot doesn't just practice sports herself, she also likes to watch them. Right after her arrival in the Big Apple, she became a fan of the New York Rangers, the city's hockey team. Whenever her schedule permits it, she goes to see their games.
One of Margot's quirks is that she always wears sports shoes. She hates heels, and she only wears those on the red carpet. Some people even qualify her as a 'tomboy.'
While the contrary may appear so, Margot Robbie doesn't care for fashion trends. She has to get advice from stylists and designers whenever there's a big event coming up.
In 2015, Margot Robbie played Jess in 'Focus,' a romantic comedy with Will Smith.
In spite of the superstar appearances by Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, 'Z of Zachariah' did not have much success at the box offices. It gained only 121,000 dollars.
All the contrary was Suicide Squad's reception. While critics hated it, the film grossed 746 million dollars worldwide. The masses loved Margot Robbie's character Harley Quinn. Robbie was able to use her acrobatic skills for the role in 'Suicide Squad.'
The impact of Harley Quinn was so big that DC gave the character her own franchise. Among the anecdotes of the shoot were the tattoos she drew on nearly a dozen cast members. She tattooed the word 'Skwad' on Cara Delevigne and David Ayer, for example.
For the shoot of 'The Legend of Tarzan,' the producer asked Margot to lose weight. The actress not only refused to do so, but she made it a point to visit all the pubs and restaurants in London without ever minding the calories in her meals and drinks.
Margot Robbie clearly wants a career that is diverse and long-lasting. Not just starring in action movies, but in anything from thrillers, comedies, and dramas like 'Goodbye Christopher Robin.'
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Her interpretation of figure skater Tonya Harding got Margot her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Supporting actress Allison Janney was also nominated - and in fact won - an Oscar for this film.
'Terminal' was the first movie produced entirely by Lucky Champ Entertainment in which Robbie was also the main protagonist. She shared the screen with Simon Pegg and Mike Myers.
After six years in Hollywood, Margot Robbie's films (with her as a leading or supporting actor) have grossed more than 2,700 million dollars. This is a record in the movie business.
As a star, Margot has many more expenses than she imagined on her arrival in New York. After all, who expects having to get a security team because of stalkers and death threats?
Margot told Hollywood reporter that each time her bodyguards investigate a threat, it costs 2,000 dollars. "You can't just do indie films for the rest of your life."
Under the direction of Quentin Tarantino, the world-class actress from Australia played the part of Sharon Tate in the film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.'
Sharon Tate was murdered brutally, together with four other people, in Hollywood in 1969. The killers were part of Charles Manson's infamous sect. The actress Tate was 8.5 months pregnant at that moment. The baby's father was her husband Roman Polanski.
Her role in 'Bombshell' got Margot Robbie nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Oscar. She played a young TV journalist who got tangled up in the abuse of a senior colleague. The film was based on real events at Fox News.
With 'Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)' in 2020, Marvel made an all-female action movie. Robbie and her company LuckyChap were among its producers.
The movie did not perform as well as other Marvel productions. For all-female action movies, it's always a bit harder than for the ones with men in it. But most of all, Birds of Prey's timing was terribly unfortunate: It came out right before the lockdowns of the coronavirus pandemic.
Still, there's much to look forward to. Margot Robbie will certainly star as Harley Quinn in another 'Suicide Squad' movie. And for those who prefer other genres, Robbie will undoubtedly give a lot more impressive acting performances.