Barbiemania! Margot Robbie Opens Up About the Movie Everyone’s Waiting For
Margot Robbie wasn’t a Barbie fanatic as a child. She’s not even sure she owned a Barbie. “I don’t think I did,” she tells me one morning over breakfast in Venice Beach. “I know my cousin had a bunch of Barbies, and I’d go to her house.” Growing up on Australia’s Gold Coast, Robbie spent a lot of time outside. She and her cousin would make mud pies. They’d play with trucks. And they’d play with Barbies. Mostly they’d build forts, “cubbies” to an Australian. “Building cubbies was what we did all day, every day.”
We are a couple of blocks from the Venice boardwalk, at Great White, an Australian-owned restaurant, and I have asked Robbie what compelled her to produce and star in a live-action Barbie movie, due out this July. “It wasn’t that I ever wanted to play Barbie, or dreamt of being Barbie, or anything like that,” the 32-year-old actor says. “This is going to sound stupid, but I really didn’t even think about playing Barbie until years into developing the project.”
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It doesn’t sound stupid but it does seem counterintuitive, the notion that Robbie, whose breakout role in The Wolf of Wall Street was described in that movie’s script as “the hottest blonde ever,” was not envisioning herself in the role of Barbie when she sought the film rights from Mattel. And yet the person sitting across the table is not giving blonde bombshell. Not in a conventional sense, anyway.
Robbie is dressed in a vintage long-sleeve Harley-Davidson T-shirt and a short body-con onesie, the sort of thing a teenage wrestler might wear to practice. “Makes me look like a giant baby,” she says of the onesie at one point. (It does nothing of the sort.) On her feet are New Balance sneakers and striped gym socks she recently bought in Japan, which say “Are you city boy?” around the ankles. Her hair is pulled back in double French braids, displaying dangly gold mermaid earrings she got in Ibiza. Although she is impossibly beautiful, Robbie’s aura is sprite-like and a little feral. It’s easy to imagine she just wandered away from a traveling circus.
A certain beachy physicality was evident out of the gate. For this interview, Robbie wanted to go Rollerblading. I assumed this meant we would rent Rollerblades. Turns out Robbie has her own, and that she thought I might too. (I don’t.) Robbie then offered to lend me her pair, because she also owns old-school skates. (Later, when I put on her Rollerblades, I discover that they have no brakes. “Wait, where are the brakes?” I ask. “Ohhhhhhhh,” she says, letting out a throaty laugh. “I forgot. I took the brakes off because I hate to brake.”)
Via: Vogue Magazine