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Is I, Tonya’s Margot Robbie Watching the Winter Olympics?

Ready for PyeongChang! Margot Robbie, who recently starred as former Olympian Tonya Harding in the critically-acclaimed film I, Tonya, is excited to watch the 2018 Winter Games.

Oh yeah, yeah. I actually haven’t really tuned in to the last couple Winter Olympics so I’m excited,” Robbie told Us on Thursday, February 8, at the 2018 SBIFF Margot Robbie & Allison Janney Performers Tribute. “But I’m definitely back in that headspace now.”

While she did not take home the trophy, Robbie was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild award for her role as the disgraced figure skater. She has also been nominated for an Academy Award, but will have to wait until March 4 to see if she wins the Oscar.

The 27-year-old actress learned to figure skate to play Harding, but previously told Us she is not a professional skater yet. “I don’t know if I could do that!” Robbie explained at the movie’s New York premiere in November when asked if she would take her skating talents to Disney On Ice. “But maybe I could be a good back-up, stand-in for them perhaps, I’m not quite at professional level yet.”

Robbie also spoke to Us about stepping up to produce the biographical film.

Not to say that I wasn’t happy with the roles that I was receiving — definitely doing Wolf of Wall Street opened up a ton of opportunities that weren’t already present — but I guess I also didn’t want to wait around for the amazing roles to come by every couple of years,” Robbie told Us at the time. “I wanted to find them a little bit quicker and that meant that I had to find them myself or develop them.

Robbie continued, “I work with an amazing group of people, I love everyone at our company and it’s not just about finding roles for me to do, it’s about finding roles for actresses in general and actors and first and second time directors, female directors, writers.

Source: usmagazine.com

THR’s First-Ever Live Roundtable: 6 Stars on Harassment, Nude Scenes and People They “Despise”

 

Bryan Cranston, Armie Hammer, Robert Pattinson, Diane Kruger, Margot Robbie and Octavia Spencer sat down before a studio audience for The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural movie star summit about their craft, the cons of social media and how one ended up with a severed human foot.
After two decades of awards-season roundtables gathering Hollywood’s top creative talents for frank, funny and memorable conversations, THR this year decided to throw out the rule book for the final star-studded sit-down of 2017: Instead of splitting up male and female actors (as almost all honors do, from the industry-establishment Oscars to the indie-minded Spirit Awards), the Dec. 7 discussion at West Hollywood’s Quixote Studios was a co-ed affair. And instead of taking place in a clinically silent, closed studio environment, it was conducted before a live audience of Hollywood insiders who took in the proceedings with laughs (especially at 61-year-old Last Flag Flying star Bryan Cranston’s impish one-liners), sighs (at the cautiously hopeful comments about sexual harassment in Hollywood from In the Fade’s Diane Kruger, 41, and The Shape of Water’s Octavia Spencer, 47) and a few gasps (mostly to do with I, Tonya’s Margot Robbie, 27, and a severed foot — read on). These stars, together with Call Me by Your Name’s Armie Hammer, 31, and Good Time’s Robert Pattinson, 31, didn’t let the 200 people watching cramp their conversational style — they’re actors, after all — as they animated one of the most competitive awards seasons in memory with a lively back-and-forth about the craft that unites them and the kind of artists, leaders and mentors they want to be.

This is the first time THR has mixed male and female actors on the same roundtable. So what is an issue that you have always wanted to discuss with actors of the opposite sex?

BRYAN CRANSTON Have you worked with someone you’ve despised?

OCTAVIA SPENCER I have. But I was only on the set for one day so … (Laughter.)

ARMIE HAMMER ’Cause you got fired?

SPENCER When a person looks past you and doesn’t address you and they close the door in your face, it’s like, “I hate you with all of my heart.” And, you know, that person is a miserable person. Years later I met that person again.

DIANE KRUGER Did you tell him?

SPENCER No. They literally walked up to me as if they had been kind, and I’m like, “No.”

MARGOT ROBBIE I normally avoid conflict at all costs. I haven’t worked with an actor whom I’ve despised, but I have worked with someone on the production side who — I didn’t appreciate the way they spoke about me in front of groups. It took me a couple of months, but I plucked up the courage and pulled him aside and said, “You’re discrediting what I do when you speak to me like that.” He was really great about it.

CRANSTON “And you’re fired.”

ROBBIE And I never worked again.

ROBERT PATTINSON It’s a weird thing because as soon as you have to be asserting yourself to a director, it kind of breaks the fourth wall. It’s not supposed to be you when you walk on to set. So I always try and avoid [conflict], and hopefully they’ll just see what they’re doing is wrong. (Pauses.) It never, ever, ever works. (Laughter.) It just gets worse and worse. But it completely throws me off if I have to say, “Hey, this is my process.” It’s like, I don’t know what my process is, there just needs to be some kind of understanding that you’re trying to do something good, you’re not just messing around.

CRANSTON You know, it’s not imperative that you get along with your co-stars; it’s like your in-laws — it just makes things easier. And so you make an effort to get to know them and to know how they work, because every actor works differently.

HAMMER The longer I do this, the more I find that’s just as pivotal a part of doing your job as having your lines down, knowing your character. Because you can have your process, but if you can’t fit your process into the organic process that is the project, then it doesn’t do you any good. You have to figure out how to do what you want to do while also not fucking up somebody else’s process.

Full interview: hollywoodreporter.com

Margot Robbie Says She Signed on for Harley Quinn Role Because of ‘End of Watch’

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Jake Gyllenhaal compared his zany character Dr. Johnny from “Okja” to Margot Robbie’s take on the popular villain Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad.”

Can you imagine if Dr. Johnny met Harley Quinn?” he asked. “I feel like we wore the same shorts, maybe.

You stole my outfit? I knew this was going to happen, get your own outfit,” Robbie joked.

When Robbie asked Gyllenhaal if he thought of himself as a character actor, Gyllenhaal said that audiences’ polarized reception to his character is “exactly where I want to be.

I remember walking out in the outfit in New York City, because we had been shooting in Korea and I had been wearing the crazy outfit, and I remember walking out and everyone was like, ‘You know there are paparazzi out there,’” he said. “And I was like, ‘This is how I’ve always wanted to look in front of photographers.’ It just feels like you want to make bold choices that throw things off for yourself and you also throw things off for others.

Robbie noted that she’ll reprise the role of the Joker’s crazy girlfriend next year and said that she loves the role and other characters because “every character I play, I don’t feel like myself and that’s why I like doing it.

It’s so weird when people want to know about you because you’re like, wait, my whole job is not being me. Me? I don’t know, I’m boring. But, like, these characters are amazing, ask about them,” she said. “Harley’s one of those insane characters and people do seem to really like her, so I hope I get to keep playing her.

Robbie also pointed out that they shared a connection in that both actors have worked with director David Ayer and told Gyllenhaal that “End of Watch,” which Ayer directed and Gyllenhaal starred in, is one of her favorite films.

The reason I signed on for ‘Suicide Squad’ was because I love ‘End of Watch’ so much and I saw it about four times at the cinema,” she said.

Source: variety.com

Margot Robbie on married life and her now-famous Instagram wedding announcement

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Margot Robbie and her husband Tom Ackerley sure do make a dreamy pair. When Vogue Australia’s deputy editor Sophie Tedmanson travelled to New Mexico to interview Robbie for the December 2017 issue, the close bond between the couple was obvious. Now based in Los Angeles, they had decamped to an Airbnb mansion in Albuquerque while their production company, LuckyChap, was filming in the area.

Last December, Robbie and Ackerley exchanged vows before 50 of their closest friends and family in an intimate ceremony in Byron Bay. To mark the occasion—and probably diffuse the many rumours around the nuptials—Robbie posted one of the cheekiest celebrity wedding Instagrams ever. Not surprisingly to us, the photo of her sticking her ring finger up to the camera went viral.

It’s crazy,” Robbie says in the new interview. “I’ve seen so many other people on Instagram announce their engagement that way now. It’s kind of funny, so bizarre.

Opening up about married life, the Australian actress reveals that not much has changed now that she can call the British director, who she met on the set of Suite Française, her husband. “We were best friends and roommates before and now we’re like best friends and roommates still, so nothing’s really changed at all,” she says.

Other than the fact that I get to wear this on the weekends,” she adds, speaking of her pear-shaped diamond ring. “I can’t obviously wear it during the week when I’m working–I don’t want to lose it on set.” And when she can’t wear her ring, at least she and Ackerley can wear matching pyjamas. Couple goals indeed.

Source: vogue.com.au

A Day in the Life of Margot Robbie

A Day In the Life of Margot Robbie

The actress and new face of Calvin Klein calls in from work.

2:00 P.M. I don’t have a daily routine per se. It’s dictated by whatever job I’m working on, and at the moment I’m in Budapest filming an indie movie called Terminal. I’m the lead character and also a producer, so it’s very busy. We’re doing night shoots, which I’m so happy about because I hate waking up early in the morning. These days I get up mid-afternoon and have what I call green stuff. I don’t know the name of it, but it’s an immune-boosting powder that you mix in with a bit of juice. My mom used to make me take it if I was getting sick, but now when I’m doing jobs I take it every day. If you get sick, you know, people can’t film. It tastes disgusting, but it’s good for you. After drinking that, I take a quick shower. I use Dr. Lancer’s cleanser. When I get out, I dab on some La Prairie eye cream. There’s a dermatologist in Australia who has a skin-care line called Bloc Cosmetics; I like the day-night moisturizer. So that’s my beauty regime. Then I make a quick cup of tea, grab all my stuff, and go. I bring Dilmah tea with me everywhere, and when I’m in England I drink PG Tips. Whenever someone makes me a cup of tea, I’m like, “Imagine you’re making it for a small child—really milky and sweet.” I probably drink at least 10 teas a day. In our family, a cup of tea is the answer to everything. When you walk in, you get offered a cup of tea. If something goes wrong, someone will be like, “I’ll make you a cup of tea.” If something good happens, they will be like, “Great! We’ll make you a cup of tea.”

2:20 P.M. At this point I’m just wearing comfy clothes. Right now it’s a plain white T-shirt with Zoe Karssen track pants and Anine Bing white sneakers. My dialect coach comes with me in the car and we do warm-ups on the way to work. Today we’re working on an English accent, not fully cockney but similar. It’s tailored to work for the character. I do all my research for accents on YouTube. It’s amazing; you can find the most bizarre or unique accents online. Then I convert it to MP3 and put it on my iPod. I can listen and mimic throughout the day. In Suicide Squad, for example, I was doing a scene where I’m getting electrocuted, and I was like, Okay, am I going to be doing this accurately? And I went on YouTube and looked up people touching electric fences.

3:00 P.M. I arrive to set and go to the hair and makeup bus. While I’m getting my hair done, I put on Talika under-eye patches. They help with puffiness. We’ve got pretty extravagant hairstyles in this film because it’s almost a futuristic world. It’s sort of how Gwen Stefani does her hair—we used some of her looks as reference. At the same time, I write all of my e-mails on my MacBook and eat. Avocado on toast and bacon, that’s my ideal breakfast. Today I actually ate half a steak. It’s random, but I went to this really good steak restaurant two nights ago and I had steak left over, and I was like, “Goddamn, I can’t wait until lunch, I want to eat it now.” The makeup artists use whatever products they want, but on this job they are using Armani foundation, which works well on my skin. When I’m not filming, I use Ellis Faas foundation mixed in with moisturizer. My favorite Lancôme mascara—one with a vibrating wand—was discontinued, so I’m currently using one from YSL. I don’t like wearing lipstick because I get it all over my face, so I wear lip balm with a bit of a stain, like Burt’s Bees or Fresh. I also like Nars blush. I always pick a new perfume to help differentiate my characters. Fortunately I was doing the Calvin Klein campaign shoot right before starting this film, and they let me keep the sample of Deep Euphoria, which is coming out in September. I was like, Oh, my God, that’s perfect for the character I’m about to play. It was good timing. Deep Euphoria is an intense scent but still very feminine. I’m playing a femme fatale sort of character, so I thought she needed a sexy scent.

5:00 P.M. is when we start shooting. Since I’m also a producer on this movie, there’s a constant flow of problems that need to be solved throughout the day, so it can get pretty intense.

10:00 P.M. We break for lunch, and that’s when I schedule all my conference calls and interviews. Then we begin shooting again until late.

5:00 A.M. The days are really long. I rush home because the priority is to get as much sleep as possible. I’m something of an insomniac; I’ve got eye masks and sleep music and melatonin and lots of soothing scents. I do everything possible to try to sleep better. I can’t go home and fall straight asleep; it takes a long time to switch my brain off. Once I get home, I go over the call sheet for the next day or organize for whatever location we’re shooting at.

“When I get home from work, I have a beer shower or a beer bath if I have time.”

6:30 A.M. I like to have a beer shower—a nice beer in the shower. When I did Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, I was saying, “Oh, my God, I can’t wait to go home,” and Tina Fey’s costume lady was like, “Me too. I can’t wait to go home and have a beer shower.” I was like, “What’s a beer shower?” She said she drinks an ice-cold beer in a boiling-hot bath or shower, and it made her sleep. I was like, “That sounds perfect!” So now when I get home from work, I have a beer shower or a beer bath if I have time. Also, I’m a massive Harry Potter nerd, and although I’ve read the books probably 20 times each, I read Harry Potter before bed and it helps me switch my brain off. I feel like my body looks better if I get more sleep rather than an hour at the gym. If I have the time, I like dance classes; it doesn’t feel like exercise to me. Or just playing sports with friends. Sometimes I play tennis, even though I’m not that good. If I’m in L.A., I go see Andie Hecker. She used to be a ballerina, and she incorporates ballet techniques with a Pilates machine with weights. Though I live in London, I end up in L.A. all the time for work. Australia will always be home, but I haven’t lived there for six years. I love to travel and live out of suitcases. I have 12 of them at home because, you know, sometimes you get stuck in a country and you need to buy one. I can probably pack more things into a suitcase than any other human being. Some people have a shoe collection or a handbag collection; I’ve got tons of suitcases.

MARGOT’S MUST-HAVES

“I’m currently using mascara from YSL.” Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in High Density Black, $32, yslbeautyus.com.

“I dab on some La Prairie eye cream.” La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream, $240, laprairie.com.

“Deep Euphoria is an intense scent but still very feminine.” Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria, $72, macys.com.

“Talika under-eye patches help with puffiness.” Talika Eye Therapy Patch and Case, $67, talika.com.

“Armani foundation works well on my skin.” Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation, $64, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR.

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