Margot Robbie needs no introduction. This luminous and effervescent Queenslander has become of one of our most in-demand exports in Hollywood, with recent roles in Bombshell and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood earning her accolades and award nominations.

Robbie moved from rural Dalby, QLD, to Melbourne in her late teens to pursue acting, and wound up on Ramsay Street playing Neighbours character Donna Freedman.

“I was always very dramatic – my parents would probably use the word ‘dramatic’ – as a child,” she has said. “[I was] always putting on performances, making everyone come watch, and pay to watch. I was very business-savvy as a child.”

After making her feature film debut in the British rom-com About Time (2013), Robbie was rapidly catapulted into the big time thanks to a memorable performance alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Since then she has made the role of DC Comics’ bad girl Harley Quinn her own in Suicide Squad (2016) and Birds of Prey (2020); played Jane to Alexander Skarsgård’s Tarzan in The Legend of Tarzan (2016); and real-life figures Queen Elizabeth I (Mary Queen of Scots, 2018), disgraced skater Tonya Harding (I, Tonya, 2017), and actress Sharon Tate (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, 2019).

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey (2020)

Although Bombshell (2019) is based on actual events – the Fox News scandal involving mogul Roger Ailes – Robbie’s character in the film, weathergirl Kayla Pospisil, is actually a conduit for the experiences reported by a number of women that were caught up in the drama. Nevertheless, the resourceful star had mapped out an entire backstory for her character upon arriving on set.

Robbie also relished the opportunity to portray a kind of real-life persona rarely seen on screen: an evangelical millennial, albeit not a stereotypical one. “I love that about Kayla,” she says. “It’s great to have a Christian character who isn’t being made fun of and isn’t there for comic relief. There are a lot of different layers to Kayla and I find her reasons for being at Fox really moving because her main hope is to give a voice to people like her, people who she feels haven’t been represented in the culture.”

Playing Kayla was also a chance to spark a conversation Robbie feels hasn’t gone deep enough as yet. “I don’t think we’ve had the chance to really explore the murky grey areas of the #MeToo revolution, so that interested me,” she explains. “I like that this film isn’t a story of victimisation – it’s so much more complicated than that. I was really struck by how [screenwriter] Charles Randolph approached this subject by exploring characters who each react to what’s happening in honest and unpredictable ways.”

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