She’s a twenty-two-year-old Australian and has Leo DiCaprio literally falling at her feet in The Wolf of Wall Street: ‘she’ is Margot Robbie, the new blonde who is about to conquer Hollywood.
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UPDATE February 27, 2014
Margot Robbie is taken! An attractive yet unassuming New Zealand born guy called Henry Aitken has dropped the bomb that he is dating none other that Australian hottie Margot Robbie, on Facebook! Here are all the details.
“Aren’t you married?” “Yeah, but aren’t married people allowed to have friends?” “We are not going to be friends.” This is the first witty remark we hear Margot Robbie make to Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
And in the same way that what is clear is that Leo is going to be duped and (literally) at the feet of this breathtaking blonde, it is also the case that Margot Robbie, from Australia’s Gold Cost, where she was born in 1990, is truly “the most nearly-famous and almost-star you’ve never heard of…” or “the fastest rising star in Hollywood” or any of the other many labels that journalists have tried to pin on her, who is clearly destined to become The Next Big Thing.
In Scorsese’s film Margo Robbie plays Naomi Lapaglia, first the lover and then second wife of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), one of Wall Street’s richest and most famous stockbrokers. The relationship between the pair – she, a tough young girl from Brooklyn, he a drug addict, sex addict and guilty of having made his money fraudulently on the stock exchange, – is explosive to say the least. And if what Business Insider has to say about some of the eagerly awaited scenes read in a sneak preview of the script are anything to go by, there is little left to the imagination: from sex in a limousine complete with vodka shots from Naomi’s breasts (Jordan was still married to his first wife at the time and it is she who catches them in the act…) to the $2 million engagement party in Las Vegas with escorts and champagne, to the sex scene – literally – on a mountain of money. The fact is that Margot Robbie’s debut is actually one of the year’s most eagerly awaited debuts. But where does this girl, who almost out of nowhere already has Hollywood at her feet, come from? Here are five must-know facts about Margot Robbie.
1) A Down Under Debut
In actual fact The Wolf of Wall Street is not strictly speaking her debut from an acting point of view. Aged 17, and without even having an agent, Margot won two parts in the Australian thrillers I.C.U. and Vigilante. At the age of 18, while at a Slipknot concert (the Guardian’s account of what happened is hilarious), she gets a part in the cult soap series, Neighbours. Her character, Donna Freedman, was only supposed to be a guest role, but Margot ended up staying for around four years. Stubborn and ambitious, Margot is never satisfied and even though she had become a TV celebrity, she left Australia and a successful career to try her luck in Los Angeles. Once there she tried to join the cast of the ill-fated reboot of Charlie’s Angels, but ABC picked her to play the part of Laura Cameron, Pan Am’s most beautiful stewardess. History (and the viewing figures) was to show that she had got it wrong, but, despite the fact that the Pan Am flight was grounded for good, Margot’s career took off regardless.
2) Margot Robbie’s Movies
But as fortune would have it, it was thanks to Pan Am’s demise, after just one season, that Margot Robbie was free to work for Scorsese. The actress was still under contract to ABC when she went for her first audition, and thanks to having spent time in Queen’s with a friend, her Australian accent had disappeared and Naomi was able to shout and argue with Jordan in a fluent New York accent. Because of the delays in the release of Wolf, Margot’s first American film to be distributed was About Time, a romantic comedy penned by the absolute genius behind some of the best rom-coms of recent years, Richard Curtis, the writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill. Margot Robbie only had a small part in the film In About Time in which she played Charlotte who, it goes without saying, is the leading character’s dream woman. Revealing, as Robbie describes her approach to the script:
“It was so intimidating to read: ‘She steps out of the car and she’s the most gorgeous thing he’s ever seen, she’s got these beautiful long legs …’ I’m thinking: ‘Oh no, my legs aren’t like that …’ You just hope Richard’s going to use reaction shots to convey all that, so it takes the pressure off me. Seriously, there were two whole sentences about how stunningly attractive she is. It was the same with Wolf …” We don’t find it hard to believe.
3) A country tomboy
Before moving to Melbourne to become an actress, Margot shared her time between the Gold Coast and her grandparents’ farm. Here’s what she said when she was with Neighbours. “I’m happiest when I’m surfing or out on the farm hunting wild pigs, building cubbies out in the paddocks or riding around on motorbikes”. Her interviews are a succession of anecdotes about “a backpacking holiday in Croatia” or “skiing and snowboarding or jumping out of a plane.” In the meantime, during her time with Neighbours, she shared a room with her co-star Ashleigh Brewer. When she arrived in Los Angeles she lived with her former colleague Caitlin Stasey and then with Christina Ricci while she was in New York filming Pan Am. She is practically the friend that all of us would love to have.
4) Leo DiCaprio. Of course.
Is Margot Robbie dating someone? That is the question. When she was a tv star there were rumors about Margot being sentimentally linked to her Neighbours co star Sam Clark but it’s fairly obvious that the gossip now is about the Australian beauty dating Leonardo DiCaprio.
Blonde, young and beautiful: Margot Robbie had everything it takes to end up in Leo’s sights. Last February, with shooting over, the pair was apparently photographed on a balcony in Miami in each other’s arms. The reaction of the gossip media to the photo was unequivocal “Leo’s co-star is his new girlfriend.” That photo was not in fact followed by any others and now, in November’s Glamour US, Margot recalls the panic that the paparazzo’s photograph had caused among her friends. “I had a million calls the day that hit. My friends were like ‘Are you in Miami’ I was like ‘Look at the picture! Besides, I’m at my mom’s house. In Australia.”
At the moment Margot Robbie is single and she has spent her summer holidays posting on Facebook pictures with her little brother…
5) Next projects
Following the Christmas debut of The Wolf of Wall Street (release date 25 December 2013) Margot’s career will take her onto the set of Will Smith: it has in fact been confirmed that she is to star in Focus in which she will play a pickpocket whose path crosses with that of the wizard conman, played by Smith. It will be directed by Stupid Love’s Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Before that she is due to appear alongside Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley in Suite Francaise, a romance set during World War II, based on Irène Némirovsky’s novel of the same title. She will also be appearing with Garrett Hedlund and Ray Liotta in Violent Talent, a crime story set in Chicago and directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan. Are you ready to fall in love with her?
Update february 17, 2014: See all the new movies of Margot Robbie.
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