Margot Robbie’s big break came in 2013 when she landed the role of Naomi Lapaglia in The Wolf of Wall Street. From there, the blonde beauty snagged role after role, portraying the iconic Harley Quinn, Tonya Harding, Queen Elizabeth, and more.
Now, it’s time to scroll through stunning photographs and learn about Robbie’s accomplishments before and during her time in Hollywood.
Margot Robbie Slapped Leonardo DiCaprio
Margot Robbie’s big break came when she slapped Leonardo DiCaprio across the face during her audition for the Wolf of Wall Street. According to the actress, she had 30 seconds to make an impression, so she was going to make it count.
DiCaprio didn’t know what hit him, literally! He was so taken aback he busted out laughing and hired Robbie on the spot!
Acting Came Naturally
While she plays a lot of roles with American and British accents, Robbie was actually born July 2, 1990, in Dalby, Queensland, Australia. Her parents weren’t actors, but Robbie had a knack for putting on shows from a young age.
During an interview, Robbie recalled, “I was really dramatic… I loved putting on shows; there was always a show in my house. I was obsessed with movies with anything on TV.”
She Prefers To Be On-Screen With Other Actors
Even though she had a knack for acting at a young age, Robbie has discussed how she prefers to be on-screen with other actors. She feels as though she thrives off their energy and can take queues from them.
It’s more difficult for her to do solo scenes, even though she absolutely rocks them every time — the mirror scene in I, Tonya, anyone?
The Award Nominations Started Rolling In
It took a little while for Robbie to earn leading lady roles. Once she did, the awards started rolling in. For her performance in I, Tonya and Bombshell, Robbie received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.
She’s even been nominated for four Golden Globes, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five British Academy Film Awards.
Robbie Was Making Headlines
A lot of those nominations came after some major headlines, though. In 2017, Robbie was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
Then, in 2019, she was ranked as one of the top-paid actresses in the world, making a whopping $9-$10 million just to reprise her role as Harly Quinn in Birds of Prey.
She Got Her Start In Independent Films And TV Shows
Before Robbie came to Hollywood, she was working on independent films and television shows in her home country of Australia. She claimed her first acting job while she was in high school, appearing in the two thriller films Vigilante and I.C.U.
Her big break in Australia came when she landed the full-time role of Donna Freedman on the soap opera Neighbours.
Pan Am Was Her First American Role
Robbie hopped on a plane and moved to America in 2011, hoping to make it big in Hollywood. Not long after she arrived in the states, Robbie landed the role of Laura Cameron on the show Pan Am.
The show only lasted for one season, and Robbie began auditioning for other parts.
2013 Was A Huge Year
In 2013, Robbie landed a role and made her film debut in About Time, a film starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson. While she didn’t have a leading role, Robbie still had ample screen time.
Her big break came later that year when she landed the role of Naomi Lapaglia in The Wolf of Wall Street. Robbie’s performance was met with amazing reviews, and she won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer.
She Began Working With Big Names
Robbie was well on her way to Hollywood. After her 2013 success, the actress went on to land roles opposite some big names, including Will Smith in Focus, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Z for Zachariah, and Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend of Tarzan.
While not all of the films received positive reviews, Robbie’s performances always stood out.
Worldwide Recognition Came In 2016
While she was a hit in a lot of places, Robbie didn’t really gain worldwide recognition until 2016, when she stepped into the crazy shoes of one Harley Quinn.
That year, she portrayed the DC Comics character in Suicide Squad, a widely praised performance even though the movie received horrible reviews.
Harley Quinn Made Her Way Into Two More Films
From there, Robbie reprised her role as Harley Quinn twice. The first time was in the 2020 film Birds of Prey, and the second was in The Suicide Squad in 2021. To prepare for her role as Harley, Robbie went through a rigorous training schedule.
Some of the training she did included gymnastics, aerial silk, and boxing. Robbie did most of her own stunts throughout the three films.
2017 Was The Year Of Tonya
That wasn’t the last time Robbie found herself rigorously training to perform stunts. In 2017, Robbie stunned viewers when she portrayed disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.
To prepare for the role, Robbie underwent several months of skate training with choreographer Sarah Kawahara. In the end, Robbie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
She Was Being Recognized As A Serious Actress
Robbie was really making a name for herself as a serious actress, something that was recognized when 2018 hit, and she landed the role of Queen Elizabeth I in Mary, Queen of Scotts.
For her performance, Robbie was nominated for both a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA Award.
Three Jobs Used To Be Her Norm
As someone who worked three jobs at one point in time, Robbie had come a long way! She used to work at Subway, tend bars, and clean houses to make ends meet. All while pursuing her love of acting.
Even though Robbie’s mother put her in circus school when she was younger, and she studied drama at school, her family still thought she should look for a “real job.”
Working With Iconic Directors Was Her New Norm
As it turned out, Robbie was pursuing a real job because she made waves in Hollywood! By 2019, she was a bonified A-list star and was landing major roles with iconic directors.
In 2019, she worked with Quentin Tarantino on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. That same year she worked alongside Jay Roach in Bombshell, a performance that landed Robbie her second Academy Award nomination.
Martin Scorsese Was Thrilled Working With Robbie
Robbie’s work has gained widespread attention, and her acting skills have astonished those she’s worked with. After directing her on The Wolf of Wall Street, director Martin Scorsese wrote a letter to Time explaining Robbie’s talents.
He wrote that Robbie has “a unique audacity that surprises and challenges and just burns like a brand into every character she plays. […] Margot is stunning in all she is and all she does, and she will astonish us forever.”
She Became a Brand Ambassador For Multiple Companies
Three years after the release of The Wolf of Wall Street and Scorsese’s incredible letter, Robbie found herself venturing into new territory in the entertainment industry. With her popularity growing, many high-end companies wanted to work with the actress.
In 2016, she became the brand ambassador for Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Nissan.
Robbie Works With A Lot Of Philanthropy Campaigns
Robbie’s also used her fame for numerous philanthropy campaigns. Not only is she a huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, but she also supports gender equality, human rights, and women’s rights.
She’s outwardly showed her support for the Time’s Up initiative and even won the RAD Impact Award for “inspiring purpose with her philanthropy.”
A Huge Environmentalist Who Works With Greenpeace
She is also a huge environmentalist who works with the group Greenpeace, mainly in the organization’s Australian division. During an interview with Vogue, Robbie discussed how she tries to eat meat as little as possible, doing “meatless Mondays.”
According to Robbie, it’s actually very hard for her because she’s “such a carnivore.”
Casual Fashion But Pampering Is Always Fun
When it comes to fashion, Robbie tends to keep it casual. At least, she does when she’s not at a premiere or walking down the red carpet. During those events, she has her go-to designers in Oscar de la Renta and Ellie Saab.
While she doesn’t get dolled up all the time, Robbie does enjoy the pampering every so once in a while!
She Has An Interesting List Of Pastimes
The thing is, Robbie is an outdoor Australian wilderness girl through and through. She has a very interesting list of pastimes. During an interview, Robbie said there is nothing better than waking up and going surfing.
The actress also enjoys wild pig hunting, building forts in the woods, and riding motorbikes!
Robbie Loves Riding
In fact, Robbie apparently owns a lot of motorized vehicles and enjoys driving her motorbikes around her family’s farm! She was even caught behind the scenes of Suicide Squad doing stunts on one of the motorcycles.
Her love for riding is probably one of the reasons Nissan chose the actress as their brand ambassador.
Stunts, Skills, And More Amazing Stunts
While she didn’t use her motorcycle skills in Suicide Squad, Robbie has learned some pretty cool skills throughout her time in Hollywood. In Focus, she learned how to pickpockets!
In Suicide Squad, she learned how to use an aerial ribbon, and in The Suicide Squad, she learned how to flip upside down to unlock handcuffs with a key between her toes!
Tattooing Became An Interest On Suicide Squad
Speaking of Suicide Squad, Robbie gained a newfound interest while on set. While filming the movie, Robbie bought a tattoo gun on eBay! Despite having little to no training, Robbie gave herself tattoos, her friends, family, and even her co-stars!
Even director David Ayer has a Margot Robbie original tattooed on his body.
Once Upon A Time She Wanted To Be A Magician
Amazingly, Robbie didn’t always consider acting as a career. She wanted to co into entertainment, though, just as a magician who owned a hotel! Of course, that was her dream when she was much younger.
Now, Robbie says that if she wasn’t acting she’d still want to work on a film set in some capacity.
Special Effects And Pyrotechnics Interest Her
Robbie mentioned during an interview that she thought going into special effects or pyrotechnics would be “pretty rad.” Considering all of the insane stunts she enjoys pulling off, that career path makes sense!
Working on all of the effects would also mesh perfectly with her love of heavy metal, particularly pyrotechnics!
A Huge Metalhead
Yup, Robbie is actually a huge metalhead and loves bands such as Metallica, Slipknot, Silverstein, and even Bullet for my Valentine.
During an interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Robbie admitted to dying her hair black and cutting it with a razor while she was in high school!
She Also Loves Ice Hockey
When Robbie first arrived in the United States, she lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While she was there, the actress fell in love with Ice Hockey, becoming a huge New York Rangers fan and even joining an amateur ice hockey league.
During an interview with W Magazine, Robbie admitted to not being the best on the ice but still enjoyed the sport.
An Animal Lover
Robbie is an animal lover but never thought she’d have a pet rat. Well, that all changed when her Suicide Squad co-star “gifted” her a rat while they were filming. She bought the rat a cage and a leash so she could walk it around set in a very Harley Quinn-like manner.
She even sleeps with a stuffed rabbit, much to her husband’s disapproval.
Could Be A Professional Eater
Since Robbie is so in shape, it’s hard to imagine her putting down a whole lot of food. The actress is actually a huge eater and has even joked that she could be a professional eater if acting stopped working out!
According to her Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgård, she won a spaghetti Bolognese eating competition, putting down eight pounds of pasta in one hour!