The Wolf of Wallstreet‘s leading lady on those Leonardo DiCaprio rumours and being cast over Emma Stone in her new film.
1. Margot Robbie’s role as “Donna” inNeighbours earned her several Logie award nominations before she left the show in 2010 and set her sights on making it big in Hollywood:
“People don’t really know about Neighbours in America, and if they have heard of it, it’s only in the context of ‘Oh sure, that’s what Guy Pearce was on’, or Kylie Minogue. It was actually nice to get a fresh, clean slate when I came to America.”
2. Her aspiring actress success story is somewhat different to most; Robbie grew up on Gold Coast, with three siblings and two cows:
“I’d never met anyone who had so much as delivered coffee to a set before” – as told to Vulture.
3. She was born in 1990 (yes, she’s only 23), but she’s not your typical millennial:
“There are things in life that don’t come to me naturally, and social media and the internet and all those things are some of them, somewhere between taxes and cooking!”
4. She has tomboy tendencies – Robbie plays right wing in an amateur ice hockey league according to Vulture Magazine.
5. She didn’t think she would land her role in The Wolf of Wall Street:
“When I read the script I didn’t think I was right for the character, but my managers said: ‘It’s a Scorsese film and none of us are expecting this to go further than an audition, but just do it to impress Ellen Lewis, the casting agent.’ So I did a self-take and I got a call saying Ellen Lewis loved your self-take, and I was like: ‘Oh my god, she watched it?’”
6. But she loved every minute of filming it:
“It was the most insane experience of my life and I don’t know if I’ll ever do a film like that again. It was like a zoo, like the craziest party you’ve ever been to, but for six months … but I was never going to get sick of it; I could have done that film for three years.”
7. She dispels the rumours of that high-profile hook-up with co-star Leonardo DiCaprio:
“We’re friends, of course, but those rumours were inevitable – there’s no truth to them. Everyone on the set became good friends, we’d all hang out on weekends.”
8. She spent a lot of time on her grandparent’s farm growing up – and she still speaks to them regularly.
“I also had to call my grandparents and assure them that there was absolutely no truth to the rumours, and that took a little more convincing.”
9. She’s set to star alongside Will Smith as his pickpocketing love-interest in romantic, comedy-drama Focus (2014) – a film originally conceived to star Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Despite this major career coup, Robbie remains coy about her new role:
“If someone’s gonna pick between me and Emma Stone, they’re gonna pick Emma Stone.
“So I still have to work my ass off to convince them that they want to cast me over Emma Stone.” – as told to Vulture.
Quotes extracted from Vogue Australia’s exclusive interview with Robbie in the November 2013 issue unless stated otherwise.