One of Hollywood’s most glamorous starlets, Margot Robbie, has reached huge success by the young age of 26. Unstoppable at the box office, Robbie has worked hard to achieve her current status. Known not just for her remarkable beauty, this quick-witted actress is a force to be reckoned with.
Vanity Fair called the summer of 2016, “the Summer of Margot Robbie,” and I have no doubt she’ll bring that same non-stop attitude to each season of 2017, 2018, and beyond. So let’s take a closer look at the stunning transformation of Robbie, from growing up on a farm in Australia, to landing the cover of nearly every magazine. Hers is a name we’ll continue to hear for many years to come.
She knew what she wanted from a young age
Robbie grew up in a very loving family. Raised by a single mom, Robbie shared her admiration for her mother with Vogue. “I adore my mother…She’s the most pure-hearted, divine human being.” And even though she didn’t have much growing up, Robbie knew what she wanted for herself in the future.
She told the magazine, “I went to a school where all of my friends were very well-off…and I went to their houses a lot, and so I knew what it looked like to be rich but I didn’t have it, so I was like: OK — I know exactly what I want.” And the first thing on the list: a new spelling of her name. “I always said, ‘Mom — there was a really cool way of spelling my name, and you picked the boring way that gets everyone confused. They forget the T or call me Mar-got.” But with the drive she had at a young age, there’s no doubt everyone would know her name soon enough.
A farm girl at heart
Robbie’s upbringing is not one many would expect. She spent most of her youth on her grandparents’ farm on Australia’s Gold Coast, according to Yahoo! Canada. And even though we always see Robbie looking fabulous on each and every red carpet, that’s not where she feels most at home. The website reported, citing an interview Robbie gave with her former Aussie soap Neighbours (unavailable for viewers outside of Australia — sorry, mate!), that the actress prefers to be “surfing, or out on the farm hunting wild pigs, building cubbies out in the paddocks, or riding around on motorbikes.”
And does she want to wear a dress while doing this? Not even a little bit. In another interview with Neighbours in 2009, the star spoke about her fashion picks. “I guess I’m more casual, a bit more boyish. I don’t really like the girly-girly look so much.” And Robbie was rarely looking to slow down. She said in 2008 (via Yahoo! Canada), “If I’m not at home I have to be at the beach surfing…I bought my first board at a garage sale when I was about ten. I also love jet skiing and snowboarding…And I’m a real rev-head. I love V8 cars.” Need thrill-seeker proof? She’s the official Nissan Electric Vehicle Ambassador for 2017.
She worked hard for her money
Robbie knew from a young age what she wanted: to be an actress. After completing year 12 at Australia’s Somerset College, the then 17-year-old hopeful cold-called Grundy Television Australia — hit soap opera Neighbours’ production company. She got the job.
But don’t think this magically happened without effort. Although young when her first big break happened in 2008, Robbie had already put in the work at other jobs too. During an interview with ACTU, the starlet ran down a list of her past jobs. “I think I’ve had every kind of job,” she said. “Before Neighbours, I was working at Subway. I’ve worked in restaurants behind the bar, in the kitchen. I did retail for two years. I’ve done some secretary work.”
Making it to America was the goal
Even though her role on Neighbours was a huge success, Robbie had bigger plans for herself, and worked hard to make them an attainable reality. While filming the soap opera, Robbie used her free time to work with a dialogue coach on perfecting her American accents.
As she described to The Sydney Morning Herald, “I thought, ‘I’m going to use this time on Neighbours to save my money, have my ducks lined up.’ So I found a better agent in Melbourne, and said, ‘This is what I want to do – I want to go to America. How should we execute this plan?”
The big move to the States
In 2011, Robbie left her soap opera stardom on Neighbours and was ready to make the leap to Hollywood. Although a scary moment, this was the time Robbie had been longing planning for. As she told The Sydney Morning Herald, “Every move has been carefully planned, it’s been really strategic…When people write articles, they talk about [an] ‘overnight sensation’ — it’s been anything but. It feels like it’s been a long process.”
The 20-year-old Robbie arrived in Los Angeles just in time for pilot season with her savings from Neighbours, which she described in the interview as, “Enough, in case I was unemployed for three years.” She landed her next big role in the ABC television show, Pan Am, which was cancelled in 2012, after just one season. After this, Robbie had a few more roles pop up, but it was the summer of 2012 when speculation about a new role for Robbie came to fruition. It was a role that would become a reality and would bring Robbie to an intense fame she couldn’t have imagined.
The woman of Wall Street
Robbie landed an audition for the latest Martin Scorsese movie at that time, The Wolf of Wall Street. She was brought in to audition with leading man Leonardo DiCaprio. And the audition didn’t go quite as planned. Robbie later described the meeting, with Harper’s Bazaar UK (via People), saying, “In my head I was like, ‘You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don’t do something impressive, nothing will ever come of it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, just take it’…And so I start screaming at him [Leo] and he’s yelling back at me.” The scene was an intense fight between husband and wife.
She continued, “So I walk up really close to his face and then I’m like, Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever? But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, ‘Whack!’ I hit him in the face…And that’s not in the script at all. The room just went dead silent and I froze.” But it seems the slap was what ended up getting Robbie the role. She stayed in character and it paid off.
Robbie originally wasn’t the biggest fan of her role, but she eventually embraced just how fierce her “Naomi Lapaglia” character really was. Speaking with Elle, the 23-year-old at the time said, “By the time we got to shooting, I loved her. She’s a badass who’s making lemonade — with no f*ck*ng lemons.”
The downside to being famous
While The Wolf of Wall Street was a huge moment for Robbie, not all effects of that new fame were good. She was very aware of her family throughout the transition and how they were dealing with her new life. Discussing with Elle, Robbie opened up about the difficult times and her frustrations.”The worst bit is people making things up about you and printing absolute lies.”
It was at this time that it was rumored the 23-year-old was having affairs with DiCaprio and Will Smith, who she was shooting a new film with. She addressed the rumors upfront, saying “No — none of that’s true…But my family doesn’t know that they’re just allowed to print what they want.” The rumors affected her family in unexpected ways. Robbie continued on to say, “My grandmother is embarrassed to go to church because the whole town is gossiping — and that absolutely breaks my heart.