Vogue sits down with Margot Robbie, the summer’s hottest star, to discuss her upcoming roles in The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad, and why she is no damsel in distress. Read the full interview in our app before it hits newsstands.
“In 2011—after working very hard with a dialect coach to perfect an American accent—she moved to Los Angeles and immediately got a part on the short-lived TV series Pan Am. A supporting role in Richard Curtis’s coming-of-age rom-com About Time followed, and then she was cast as Naomi—that minx from Bay Ridge—in The Wolf of Wall Street. It was a career-defining performance, one that left people agape: Who’s that?
As Jared Leto, her costar in Suicide Squad, puts it, ‘She took a role that other people would have had a very difficult time with and elevated it to something spectacular. To be able to stand alongside Leo [DiCaprio], one of the titans of the industry, and be there face-to-face, blow for blow, and not only hold her ground but really shine, was kind of a rare, explosive discovery. It reminded me of Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface.’ At first, Robbie wasn’t even sure she wanted to play such a shrewd ballbuster. ‘When I first read it, I thought, I have nothing in common with her. I hate her. It was a really tricky one to get my head around. But her motivation was ‘You guys are doing it—why shouldn’t I? It’s this man’s world, and I’m going to get mine.’ And I understand that.'” – Jonathan Van Meter