There is no question that Margot Robbie is on a roll. On Wednesday she received her third individual SAG nomination is as many years for her role as Kayla Pospisil in Bombshell, for which she received another nomination as part of its cast. This followed SAG noms or Mary Queen of Scots last year, and I, Tonya in 2017. The latter won her an Oscar nomination, her first, as well.
Robbie this week also was nominated for Supporting Actress at both the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, all for her harrowing performance as the conservative, religious Fox News employee who suddenly becomes the prey of a sexual predator who happens to be her boss.
She recently visited our Deadline studios for today’s episode of my video series The Actor’s Side, and we discussed all of this, starting with the fact she just seems to be everywhere these days. Although her nomination in the supporting category came for Bombshell, it could easily have also come for her portrayal of Sharon Tate as we have never seen her before in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which also puts her in the running for yet another SAG award as part of its nominated cast. She’s competing against herself there!
It has been an embarrassment of riches for Robbie, who also talks about that chilling Bombshell scene opposite John Lithgow as Roger Ailes in which he asks her to slowly reveal her body during an interview she thought was going to be her big break. As she explains, Pospisil is the one fictional character in the film, meant to be an amalgamation of all the women at Fox News who signed NDAs and couldn’t speak for themselves as this film was being made. We talk about the responsibility of playing real-life people as well, such as Tonya Harding and Tate, and then going to the opposite scale in bringing Harley Quinn to life. She laughs that she has been playing Harley all year, first in the upcoming Birds of Prey and now in the sequel to Suicide Squad.
Robbie is also a producer, and she describes the indie production Dreamland in which she stars and which became the first film for her production company.
To watch our conversation, click on the video above.
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