Margot Robbie: ‘I never want to play the same character twice’

Margot Robbie never wants to play the same kind of character twice because she likes to challenge herself.The Australian actress has racked up a wide variety of acting roles since she had her breakthrough with The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013, with her …

Margot Robbie never wants to play the same kind of character twice because she likes to challenge herself.

The Australian actress has racked up a wide variety of acting roles since she had her breakthrough with The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013, with her projects including comic book adaptation Suicide Squad, period piece Mary, Queen of Scots, and real-life sports drama I, Tonya.

In an interview with Glamour U.K. magazine, Margot explained that she was determined to keep mixing it up with her roles.

“I never want to play the same character more than once,” she said. “I always knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I’ve always been conscious of that. With The Wolf of Wall Street, I loved playing the gold digger, trophy wife – I had the best time of my life in that movie – but unless it’s coming from a different conscious space, I don’t want to play the same person.”

However, Margot has made an exception with deranged criminal Harley Quinn, who she first portrayed in 2016’s Suicide Squad. She will be reprising the role for the upcoming Birds of Prey, a female-led ensemble action film, and The Suicide Squad, which is due to hit cinemas in 2021.

The 29-year-old, who is producing Birds of Prey via her LuckyChap Entertainment company, admitted it had been “an uphill battle” to get the film made following her initial pitch four years ago.

“(My pitch) had comps (comparisons) of other female ensemble action films that had done well and ones that didn’t do well and my theory as to why and what we could do,” Margot explained. “But really, I was just saying we need to do a female ensemble action film. I don’t know why there aren’t more of them. I wanted it to be R-rated so we didn’t feel restricted in the language or the violence, because if it was a PG rating, guys can feel like it’s a ‘chick flick.’”

Birds of Prey, also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor, is released in cinemas from 7 February.

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Margot Robbie rocks feathered dress at Birds of Prey premiere

Margot Robbie had fun with feathers at the world premiere of Birds of Prey in London on Wednesday night.The actress, who reprises the role of Harley Quinn in Cathy Yan’s new superhero movie, stepped out at the BFI IMAX in a black silk skirt from Dries …

Margot Robbie had fun with feathers at the world premiere of Birds of Prey in London on Wednesday night.

The actress, who reprises the role of Harley Quinn in Cathy Yan’s new superhero movie, stepped out at the BFI IMAX in a black silk skirt from Dries Van Noten along with a bralet top with black feathers attached and hot pink gloves.

A photo posted by stylist Kate Young on Instagram also showed Margot posing with a piece of mustard yellow silk around her arms, but the star must have decided to ditch that particular accessory before hitting the red carpet.

Hairstylist Bryce Scarlett was tasked with styling the 29-year-old’s blonde hair into textured waves, while her make-up artist Pati Dubroff played up the colours of her outfit by painting gold glitter onto her eyelids and giving her a slick of pink lipstick.

However, Margot wasn’t the only Birds of Prey castmember to opt for feathers at the event. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who portrays Black Canary, opted for a quirky black ensemble with feathers attached to the hem of the skirt from Guy Laroche.

And the Australian shared in a chat with Entertainment Tonight that she and her colleagues had unexpectedly coordinated outfits regularly on the press tour.

“We’ve now started texting each other before getting ready. We’re like, ‘What are you wearing? OK, you are wearing black-and-white checkers. I was gonna wear that.’ But now we keep doubling up. I think we’re all just on the same page,” she smiled.

Elsewhere, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays Huntress, made a statement in a long red Zuhair Murad gown with a pleated skirt and bow detailing on the shoulders. She accessorised with a dice-shaped purse and jewellery from Bondeye and EF Collection.

Filmmaker Cathy, as well as co-stars Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, and Ella Jay Basco, were also in attendance.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) hits cinemas from 5 February.

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Margot Robbie in talks to produce and star in Fools Day

Margot Robbie is in talks to executive produce and star in comedy Fools Day. The I, Tonya actress and her LuckyChap Entertainment team are in negotiations with executives at New Line to adapt Fool’s Day, the 2013 short by Cody Blue Snider, into a feat…

Margot Robbie is in talks to executive produce and star in comedy Fools Day.

The I, Tonya actress and her LuckyChap Entertainment team are in negotiations with executives at New Line to adapt Fool’s Day, the 2013 short by Cody Blue Snider, into a feature film.

The short, which has been honoured at more than 30 film festivals, focuses on a group of fourth grade students who play an innocent April Fools’ Day prank on their teacher and accidentally kill her. Convinced they will go to prison if anyone finds out, the kids go to great lengths to try to hide her body before a police officer arrives for the class’ anti-drug lesson.

Robbie is in talks to play the teacher in what is said to be a supporting role. If the deal is made, she will also executive produce with her husband Tom Ackerley and friend Josey McNamara for their LuckyChap production banner. Fight Club star Edward Norton will also produce alongside Bill Migliore and John Rickard.

Snider, who co-wrote and directed the 18-minute short, will helm the feature and co-write the screenplay with his brother Shane Snider and Keatyn Lee.

Snider, the son of Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider, shared the news on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “I couldn’t be more excited to be making my passion project with everyone at @newlinecinema… I’ve been working tirelessly on this project for nine years and I’d like to take a moment to thank my team, everyone who worked on the short film, those who donated to the Kickstarter campaign and anyone who has supported me throughout my career. You know who you are, and I love you with all my heart.”

Robbie has a number of projects in the pre-production phases. She is set to play iconic Mattel toy Barbie in a live-action movie and reprise the role of Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad and Gotham City Sirens.

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Margot Robbie has been working on Harley Quinn movie for past three years

Margot Robbie has been working on a Harley Quinn movie for the past three years.The Australian actress portrayed the character in 2016 DC Comics flick Suicide Squad, with Warner Bros. executives confirming earlier this year (18) that a spin-off movie t…

Margot Robbie has been working on a Harley Quinn movie for the past three years.

The Australian actress portrayed the character in 2016 DC Comics flick Suicide Squad, with Warner Bros. executives confirming earlier this year (18) that a spin-off movie titled Birds of Prey was in the works.

While filming isn’t expected to start for several months, Margot has now shared that she first started pitching the new film concept when she was still shooting Suicide Squad.

“It was three years ago, half-way through 2015 when I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley,” she told Collider. “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.”

Christina Hodson, who was recently picked to write Batgirl, is penning the script and Margot is producing the movie under her LuckyChap company, alongside Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless. They have tapped producer/director Cathy Yan to direct, and the star couldn’t be more thrilled with the choice.

“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 was the best director. So, we’re very excited to dive into it,” the 27-year-old smiled.

At present, Margot is promoting noir thriller Terminal, which was directed by Vaughn Stein and also stars Simon Pegg and Mike Myers. The project marked her first gig as a producer, and she found the experience to be hugely rewarding.

“(As) there wasn’t a studio we had to answer to, it was such a creatively, stimulating environment, because everyone got to do whatever they wanted, with limited resources as it is on a movie film for sure,” she shared.

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Cathy Yan to direct Harley Quinn spin-off

Filmmaker Cathy Yan has reportedly signed on to direct Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn spin-off. The I, Tonya star portrayed the supervillain in Suicide Squad and became such a hit among fans film executives at Warner Bros. started planning a spin-off, i…

Filmmaker Cathy Yan has reportedly signed on to direct Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn spin-off.

The I, Tonya star portrayed the supervillain in Suicide Squad and became such a hit among fans film executives at Warner Bros. started planning a spin-off, in which she would star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Yan has now joined the project, which will be based on the Birds of Prey comic book series. Yan becomes the second woman to direct a DC Comics film, following Patty Jenkins’ wildly successful Wonder Woman, which starred Gal Gadot as the super-powered Amazonian princess.

Christina Hodson, who was recently picked to write Batgirl, is penning the script and Robbie is producing the movie under her LuckyChap company, alongside Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

The film is scheduled to begin production at the end of the year (18).

The sequel to Suicide Squad is also slated to start filming this year and will be directed by Gavin O’Connor. Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, and the rest of the cast are all expected to reprise their villain-turned-hero roles for Suicide Squad 2.

Meanwhile, Leto will also reportedly reprise his role as The Joker in the Harley Quinn spin-off, and last year (17) he opened up about working with Margot.

“It was an incredible experience,” he told the Kyle and Jackie O show. “Everybody was amazing. Margot Robbie (is) one of the nicest people, one of the best actresses I’ve ever worked with, and I really loved working with her.

“I thought the scenes and what we did together was some of the most fun I’ve ever had on a set before. But everything’s great in that world, and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”

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Margot Robbie: ‘Acting is far from glam’

Margot Robbie has labelled acting one of the most unglamorous jobs out there.Margot started her career on soap opera Neighbours in her native Australia, but after being cast in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the actress has become a Holly…

Margot Robbie has labelled acting one of the most unglamorous jobs out there.

Margot started her career on soap opera Neighbours in her native Australia, but after being cast in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the actress has become a Hollywood A-lister.

Her latest role in I, Tonya earned Margot her first Oscar nomination, and despite spending the last two months getting dolled up for awards ceremonies, Margot insists acting is not a glam profession.

“Acting is the least glamorous job,” she stated to British newspaper Metro. “I feel like my friends who work in offices have more glamorous jobs. They do their make-up, put on a tailored skirt and blouse and go to work.

“I go to work in my pyjamas and my Ugg boots and we are pretty much on a glorified construction site, sitting in the dirt on plastic chairs using Portaloos and eating fried food. That’s what acting actually is. Then a handful of times in a year you get to put on a designer dress and get glammed up.”

Margot will once again don a designer dress for the upcoming Oscars on 4 March (18). So far this awards season, she’s worn gowns by Givenchy, Miu Miu and Gucci.

As well as wearing high-end dresses on the red carpet, Margot also gets to dress up when she’s at work. One of her most famous looks was the hotpants and baseball jacket she wore as Harley Quinn, with fans all over the world copying the look following the release of DC movie Suicide Squad in 2016.

“I had friends who dressed up as Harley Quinn. I thought they were taking the p**s,” she laughed.

“What got me really excited was when men started dressing up like her.”

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