While becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures” tribute, The Babylon star revealed that she wasn’t fully confident in her skills as an actress until she played Tonya Harding.
It took Margot Robbie a while to recognize her own star power. The Babylon star made history on Tuesday when she became the youngest actor to ever be given the special “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures” tribute. Usually reserved for filmmakers with decades-long careers, “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures” recognized Robbie for her immense contributions to film in a relatively short time, spanning back to her breakthrough year in 2013 when she first burst onto the scene, starring in The Wolf of Wall Street and About Time and highlighting her work as a producer as well via her production company LuckyChap Productions.
At the ceremony held at BAFTAs headquarters in London, Robbie said that she didn’t feel confident in her work as an actress until 2017’s I, Tonya, where she played vengeful Olympic figure skating hopeful Tonya Harding and earned her first Oscar nomination. “I, Tonya was the first time I watched a movie and went, ‘OK, I’m a good actor’,” she said. It was that confidence that led her to reach out to her idol Quentin Tarantino, she told the audience, noting that working with the Pulp Fiction director was “a bucket list thing for me.” Her moxie was rewarded and ultimately led to Robbie starring in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Sharon Tate.
While some people criticized Tarantino’s film for Robbie’s lack of screen time and lines, Robbie said it “did not bother” and that she “watched it and thought we got across what we wanted to get across.” And like her Once Upon a Time in Hollywood character, Robbie watched the film in a movie theater.
“I just went there and watched it on a random Tuesday afternoon and sat in pretty much the same seat,” she said. “I had pretty much the same experience [as Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood], even down to the fact that the person I bought the ticket off was like, ‘but you’re in the movie,’ and I was like, ‘I know’.”