Margot Robbie reveals huge problem she had with 'Wolf Of Wall Street'
Sometimes it takes dozens of roles before audiences catch on to the talents of an actor, but in some cases, one major role is enough to propel someone from anonymity to super stardom. That role of a lifetime for Margot Robbie, now one of the biggest stars on the planet, was her appearance in The Wolf of Wall Street.
The 27-year-old Australian actress started off with a number of independent films in the late 2000s, before landing a role in the soap opera Neighbours, which she appeared in from 2008 to 2011. Two years later, she was cast as Naomi Lapaglia alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's epic tale of excess and debauchery.
According to the actress, this was incredibly intimidating. It would have been difficult enough to stand alongside legends of the industry in the first place, but she also lacked confidence about whether she suited the character when she was first cast.
In a recent interview with Wonderland, she said her character was described as "the hottest blonde ever", and she was "acutely aware" that she didn't fit the bill, at least in her mind:
"I was just terrified that people would see the movie and think ‘eugh! She’s not that great.'"
"When I was playing Naomi in The Wolf of Wall Street it was so high-tempo sexy. I was acutely aware that the line in the screenplay was 'the hottest blonde ever' – I'm clearly not the hottest blonde ever"
This isn't the only thing she was anxious about as the film was released. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel she admitted she had lied to her family about certain aspects of the movie, including the infamous nude scene:
"I just flat out lied to my family for a really long time. I said, 'I don't care what you hear, there is no nudity, I'm not doing any nudity. Ignore anything anyone's saying, there is no nudity'.
"And then I thought, 'Well, the movie's going to come out and they'll see there's nudity', so I changed that. The lie evolved to, 'Well actually it's a body double, and they just CGI-ed my head onto someone else'.
"My family don't have anything to do with the entertainment industry so they totally bought it. They were like, 'They can do that?' And I was like, 'Oh, technology these days, you wouldn't believe what they do in Hollywood'."
During the Wonderland interview she also talked about her new film I, Tonya, in which she plays Tonya Harding, the controversial Olympic skating champion. The film has recently received rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, but Robbie was frustrated with the way the press handled it.
"All the reading, all the acting coaching, and then someone reviews the movie or interviews you and all they do is focus on the aesthetics," she lamented, "You think, 'F**k you. You've totally discredited the work I did and it's not fair'."
Further proving her ability to transform, Robbie is also set to star as Queen Elizabeth I in the historical film Mary Queen of Scots, which is set to come out in November next year.