6 THINGS WE LEARNED ON OUR 120 MINUTE-LONG ‘DATE’ WITH MARGOT ROBBIE
Margot Robbie’s rare combination of charisma, acting chops, and—as the millions of you who saw The Wolf of Wall Street can attest—undeniable sex appeal has Hollywood drawing comparisons to Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. As her latest film, Z for Zachariah, hits the big screen, writer Simon van Zuylen-Wood meets a thoroughly modern bombshell.
Margot Robbie has a big year ahead of her. Z for Zachariah hits theaters on August 28th, and she has three films on the docket for 2016 that will catapult her to the top of the A-list. In addition to the Warner Bros. blockbuster Suicide Squad, which stars Jarde Leto, Will Smith, Ben Affleck, Viola Davis, and Cara Delevingne, there’s Tina Fey’s comedy Fun House and a Tarzan reboot, in which she’ll play Jane opposite Alexander Skarsgård’s titular man-ape. But first, we got an uncensored peek behind the curtain, and into a day in the life of Robbie. The full cover story can be found exclusively in the August issue of ELLE—available digitally and in select cities on July 14, and on newsstands nationwide July 21.
Here, a preview of what writer Simon van Zuylen-Wood discovered…
SHE MIGHT ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR SEX LIFE
At least, that’s what happened to van Zuylen-Wood. “At approximately 3 p.m., I meet Margot Robbie. At approximately 3:45 p.m., Margot Robbie asks me when I lost my virginity. It’s one thing to be quizzed about your most formative sexual experience by a perfect stranger. It’s another when that stranger is a gorgeous 24-year-old actress whose most famous utterance to date happens to be, ‘Mommy is just so sick and tired of wearing panties.’ When Robbie tormented Leo DiCaprio with that phrase in The Wolf of Wall Street, she did it in a sultry Bay Ridge patois with stilettos. Today, she’s back to her perky Australian accent and white Chuck Taylors, sitting across from me at a Neapolitan pizza place in Toronto. Her blond hair is down, and she’s got a slight spring tan that flashes crimson across her cheeks. One assumes she’s wearing undergarments. I stall. ‘It sort of depends on your definition of virginity.’ ‘Where did you first have sex with a girl?’ Right. ‘Backseat of a station wagon.’ Robbie’s eyes widen in delight. ‘So American!’ She claps and emits a little laugh/squeal. ‘That’s epic. That is sooo good.'”
SHE’S GAME TO PLAY GAMES
Of their time together (an extended conversation over pizza and a failed attempt to play ping-pong), van Zuylen-Wood notes: “Officially, we’re just a couple of professionals, earning our paychecks over pizza and kale. Given the way things are going, though, dropping the word date into this story doesn’t feel entirely tone-deaf. It’s not just that we’re basically the same age, hate it when people pull out their phones at the movies, and agree during a Would You Rather game that the word used is certainly grosser than the word moist. It’s also that at one point, Robbie—bored with the career-and-biography queries she’s most definitely answered before—suggests we play “21 Questions.” It’s her way, Robbie says, of ‘making a first date not awful and kind of interesting.'”
SHE CAN RECITE LIL WAYNE FROM MEMORY
Per van Zuylen-Wood’s account: “When we get to the Chevy, Robbie’s equally tall, equally tan personal assistant and BFF since age 10, Sophia, is behind the wheel. Margot slides in and cues up a rather filthy Lil Wayne song on her iPod. ‘You want a performance?’ she asks me. Sophia and Margot begin to rap: ‘We the shit, yeah Weezy go hard like Cialis… / She pop X, I smoke O’s, tic-tac-toe.'”
SHE’S YOUNGER THAN YOU THINK SHE IS
“People seem outraged that I’m 24,” says a bemused Robbie, referring to the horde of online commenters she tries but fails to ignore. “People think I’m a decade older.” Part of that might simply reflect her facility as an actress. “Like a lot of actors who got their start on soap operas—Julianne Moore, Alec [Baldwin]—Margot makes great, strong choices but then is still very quick and flexible,” says Tina Fey, who stars alongside Robbie in the upcoming Fun House.
SHE HAS A PET RAT
Named Rat Rat. (“Original!” says Robbie.) It was given to her by Jared Leto, or rather, Jared Leto’s character in the upcoming Batman flick Suicide Squad, in which he plays the Joker. Several crew members suggested killing it, but Robbie kept the rat because, “If Harley [her character in Suicide Squad] got something from Joker, she’d probably cherish it.” Rat Rat now dines on organic berries from Whole Foods.
SHE DOES NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT HER BOYFRIEND
His name is Tom Ackerley. They met on the set of last year’s World War II film Suite Française, where he was an assistant director. When asked about him all she’ll say is: “He was a third AD, he’s now working as a second AD, and that’s, yeah.”
To read the entire cover story pick-up a copy of the August issue of ELLE—available digitally and in select cities on July 14, and on newsstands nationwide July 21.
SOURCE: ELLE MAGAZINE – BY
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