From natural beauty to 16th century beautified
IN Januarys past an olive-skinned Margot
Robbie might have been seen in her bathers enjoying the beaches in her home State of Queensland.
But this Wednesday she’ll barely be recognisable to her legion of fans when she becomes the latest power actor to morph into Elizabeth I in the much-anticipated Mary Queen of Scots.
Robbie dons layers of make-up and prosthetics, and even depicts the so-called Virgin Queen, who ruled England and Ireland from 1558 to 1603, while she was suffering a bout of smallpox (inset, above).
Robbie’s just the latest acclaimed actor to make the transformation, with Judi Dench playing Queen Elizabeth I in 1998’s Shakespeare in Love and Cate Blanchett wowing in Elizabeth the same year. And the legendary Bette Davis played the monarch twice — opposite Erroll Flynn in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) and The Virgin Queen in 1955. Robbie, who stars alongside Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen of Scots, said it took upwards of three hours in hair and make-up to achieve the look.
The 28-year-old former Neighbours star, who was nominated for an Oscar for I, Tonya, said she enjoyed the transformation, despite the reactions of cast mates and crew.
“It was an alienating experience because people looked away from me,” she said.
“(But) I feel like I’m more hidden when I’m behind the make-up. It makes me feel safer in some ways. “Playing Queen Elizabeth I, I didn’t recognise myself and, obviously, I didn’t sound like myself. So the process of becoming her gave me time to stop being myself and made it easier to transform.”