Golden Girl

She burst onto the scene as a ma­nip­u­la­tive wife in The Wolf of Wall Street, in­spired a mil­lion Hal­loween cos­tumes with her se­duc­tive re­al­is­tic por­trayal of Har­ley Quinn, and then… dis­ap­peared. Now she’s hit­ting the interview cir­cuit once again with a sle

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Mar­got Rob­bie de­lights in throw­ing her­self into her per­for­mances. She once smacked Leonardo DiCaprio in the face while au­di­tion­ing for

The Wolf of Wall Street, rev­elled in her char­ac­ter Har­ley Quinn’s wicked be­hav­iour on the set of

Sui­cide Squad, and re­cently got caught up in a vi­o­lent ar­gu­ment with co-star Se­bas­tian Stan while shoot­ing I, Tonya, a biopic about the no­to­ri­ous Amer­i­can fig­ure skater Tonya Hard­ing, and how her hus­band Jeff Gil­looly (played by Se­bas­tian) ar­ranged to have some­one break a ri­val skater’s leg prior to the 1994 US Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships. Mar­got be­came so over­wrought

“She was a sin­gle mother rais­ing my broth­ers, sis­ter and me by her­self, and we didn’t make life easy for her. We were al­ways fight­ing...”

while film­ing the scene that she stormed off the set scream­ing at Se­bas­tian.

“We got so car­ried away in this scene where we’re hav­ing this mas­sive fight, and he slammed my hand against a door and I think I even punched him in the side of the head,” Mar­got says. “It was such an in­cred­i­bly in­tense ar­gu­ment that, for a mo­ment, I for­got I wasn’t Tonya and he wasn’t Jeff and I wasn’t on a film set. Se­bas­tian came run­ning af­ter me and ask­ing me where I was go­ing and I said I was go­ing to the hos­pi­tal be­cause he had bro­ken my hand in the fight... I for­got I was act­ing and noth­ing makes me more ex­hil­a­rated than when I gen­uinely for­get where I am.”

I, Tonya pre­miered to rave re­views at the re­cent Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, and is due to be re­leased in De­cem­ber this year. In the mean­time, Mar­got will be ap­pear­ing in Good­bye Christo­pher Robin, the bi­o­graph­i­cal drama about ac­claimed chil­dren’s au­thor and Win­nie-the-Pooh cre­ator A.A. Milne. The story fo­cuses on his re­la­tion­ship with his son, Christo­pher Robin, who be­came the in­spi­ra­tion and name­sake for the child in the sto­ries and his world of an­i­mal crea­tures. Mar­got plays his wife Daphne de Sélin­court, who has a com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship with the trou­bled au­thor, who strug­gled with PTSD af­ter serv­ing as a Cap­tain in the British Army dur­ing WWI.

Tweeted Mar­got about her ex­pe­ri­ence on the movie: “Had the most mag­i­cal time shoot­ing this. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it.”

Mar­got has also re­cently com­pleted work on Mary

Queen of Scots, in which she plays Elizabeth I op­po­site Soairse Ro­nan as Mary Stu­art. Amidst her busy sched­ule, the 27-year-old na­tive of Queens­land, Aus­tralia found the time to get mar­ried to English film­maker Tom Ack­er­ley. They tied the knot in De­cem­ber last year af­ter they be­gan dat­ing in 2014 when they met on the set of Suite Fran­caise.

Q: You’ve been play­ing a lot of in­tense char­ac­ters lately, par­tic­u­larly in Sui­cide Squad and now in I, Tonya. Where do you get that strength from?

My mum has been a great ex­am­ple for me. She was a sin­gle mother rais­ing my broth­ers, sis­ter and me by her­self, and we didn’t make life easy for her. We were al­ways fight­ing, and my mum had to be a very strong woman to hold things to­gether. She’s an amaz­ing woman.

Q: What was it like grow­ing up on a farm in Queens­land?

It was per­fect for kids. My sib­lings and I went boar

hunt­ing and surf­ing, and I grew up learn­ing more about agri­cul­ture and an­i­mal hus­bandry than you could imag­ine. It was not the kind of up­bring­ing that you’d ex­pect would lead any­one into act­ing.

Q: So, what in­spired you to be an ac­tress?

I’ve al­ways had a wild imag­i­na­tion and loved watch­ing videos and pre­tend­ing to be a part of the kinds of ad­ven­tures the char­ac­ters would get to go on. I was al­ways play-act­ing as a kid. I would watch the same movies on video over and over again and then re-en­act the scenes in front of my mum. She was a great au­di­ence and would won­der how I man­aged to re­mem­ber all the lines! I would also put on these lit­tle plays for my fam­ily and force ev­ery­one to pay $1 for each per­for­mance! So I al­ways un­der­stood the busi­ness an­gle of things. But even af­ter tak­ing an act­ing course, the idea of be­com­ing an ac­tress would have struck me as be­ing just as likely as be­com­ing an as­tro­naut.

Q: How did you get started in the busi­ness?

I had a job in a surf shop and around the cor­ner, a cou­ple of guys were shoot­ing this movie. By co­in­ci­dence, one of them in­tro­duced me to an agent and that led to a few guest roles on TV shows. And then I was cast in Neigh­bours straight out of high school. That [Aussie soap opera, which launched the ca­reers of Kylie Minogue and the Hemsworth broth­ers] was my act­ing train­ing camp. I would of­ten have to learn up to 60 pages of di­a­logue in a week by heart, work five days a week and do 16 or 17 hour days. But it was the kind of ex­pe­ri­ence I needed and it was a very im­por­tant step for me.

Q: Your col­leagues have of­ten said that even though you can be very light-hearted and con­ge­nial, you take your work and ca­reer very se­ri­ously?

I’ve al­ways put a lot of ef­fort and thought into the kinds of roles and projects I’m a part of. I’ve had a very good team be­hind me and it’s al­ways been im­por­tant for me to be very strate­gic about my ca­reer. There’s a lot of luck in­volved, but you also need an idea of what kind of ca­reer you want to pur­sue.

Q: You work a lot and have been liv­ing in the UK and the US for many years now. Do you ever get home­sick for Aus­tralia?

I’m al­ways home­sick. But it’s not the same as when I was 17 and moved to Mel­bourne and didn’t tell any­one. Now it’s this feel­ing of not be­ing part of all those crazy din­ner con­ver­sa­tions we would have. When­ever I go back home, we get right back into it and trade sto­ries about what’s go­ing on in our lives. It’s sur­real.

“I’ve al­ways had a wild imag­i­na­tion and loved watch­ing videos and pre­tend­ing to be a part of the kinds of ad­ven­tures the char­ac­ters would get to go on.”

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