Margot Robbie on Changing Hollywood and Her Shocking Transformation Into Elizabeth I

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There were days when Margot Robbie would walk out of the makeup trailer on the set of her new film, Mary Queen of Scots, and castmates couldn’t bear to look at her. I’d say, ‘Hey, how’s your weekend?’ ” says the 28-year-old actress, in her best exaggeration of her native Australian Gold Coast accent. “But they wouldn’t even get close to me. It was very alienating. And I felt very lonely. It was an interesting social experiment.

Her transformation into Queen Elizabeth I, who was scarred by smallpox as a young woman, took three and a half hours of intensive hair and makeup every day. “They’d start with a head wrap,” says Robbie. “Gelling and pinning my hair down. Then we’d do a bald cap.” There were different wigs for different stages of the story and her illness, one that was very thinning, and prosthetic scarring applied to her face. “Surprisingly, the quick part was the white makeup,” she says. “And the heavily drawn-on blush, eyebrows, lips.

Such a transformation was no small feat, considering that the actress got her big-screen break playing a character described as “the hottest blonde ever” in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 drama, The Wolf of Wall Street. But Robbie, who currently serves as a face of Chanel, refused early on to be typecast by her beauty. “When I was trying to make my name as an actress, creative roles for women were limited,” she says of her decision to form her own production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, in 2014. “I didn’t want to pick up another script where I was the wife or the girlfriend— just a catalyst for the male story line. It was uninspiring.

Interestingly, Mary Queen of Scots isn’t the first time Robbie has taken on a role that required her to actively make herself look worse on-screen. After all, who can forget the curled bangs, black eyeliner, and braces she donned to play disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya? “Margot is a very, very good actor who takes her work incredibly seriously,” says costar Saoirse Ronan, who plays Queen Mary in the film. “I don’t think looks even factor into it. Even when she has a glamorous role, she’s got this brilliant, strong presence, and part of that is because she’s a very sincere and authentic person. She’s very open. What you see is what you get.

Fearlessly shaking off her beauty and diving headlong into complex characters has clearly paid off for Robbie, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in I, Tonya (which LuckyChap produced). And she now has roughly a dozen projects in various stages of development, including a thriller called Dreamland (also produced by her company), a Suicide Squad spin-off in which she will lead an ensemble of female superheroes, and a number of women-led television projects. “When we set out to create our company, it was sort of a new idea, but then in response to the #MeToo conversation it was all that anyone was talking about. People were like, ‘Why don’t we make movies for women?’ Uh, what a revelation, right?

The waiting area of LuckyChap, which is almost hidden in a nondescript bungalow on the Warner Bros. lot, is cast in a pink glow from the neon sign that bears the company name in loopy script. On the day of our interview, Robbie emerges from one of the back rooms dressed in high-waisted flared jeans, a black-and white-striped button-down top, and brandy-colored Mansur Gavriel platforms. She is smiling, like really smiling, radiating joy with her whole body. She tiptoes down the hall as if she’s sneaking up on someone or is giddy about sharing a secret. “I’m Margot,” she says, extending a slender arm to shake hands. “Do you want to see a puppy?

Full interview: harpersbazaar.com

Margot Robbie to play sex symbol Jan Stephenson? Golf star reveals ‘we’ve talked’

MARGOT ROBBIE is allegedly lined up to play golf star Jan Stephenson in a new biopic.

Stephenson revealed in a new interview that Oscar nominee Robbie is interested in playing her on screen.

Robbie has, of course, recently gained acclaim for playing another sports star: Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.

We’ve talked about doing a movie, Margot Robbie wants to play me,” she told the Golf Australia podcast Inside The Ropes.

Stephenson found huge fame as a sporting pin-up in the 1970s; criticised at the time for appearing to use her sex appeal to market herself.

She took part in a number of racy photoshoots – but in turn brought a lot more attention to the world of women’s golf.

28-year-old Robbie began her career in Australian indie films in the late 2000s, before joining soap opera Neighbours from 2008 to 2011.

She then took to Hollywood to star in the TV show Pan-Am and found big screen stardom in the likes of About Time, The Wolf of Wall Street and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Aside from I, Tonya, perhaps her most recognisable work to date is as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.

She is set to reprise that role in Birds of Prey; and told Collider: “I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.

Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang.

I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.

She added: ““And then of course having a female director to tell that story. And giving a female director the chance to do big budget stuff.

They always get ‘Here’s the tiny little film’… I was like, ‘I love action. I love action films. I’m a girl. What, are we meant to only like a specific thing?

So it was a hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. But at the end of the day — male, female — the best director gets the job and Cathy [Yan] was the best director.

She will also soon be seen in Mary Queen Of Scots alongside Saoirse Ronan; and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood in the role of Sharon Tate.

Stephenson, 56, has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, class of 2019.

Source: express.co.uk