You might be curious as to why photos of Margot Robbie are all over your news feed right now.
Some four years on from being dubbed “Australia’s newest movie goddess” by Vanity Fair, the 27-year-old has truly cemented herself as a fixture in Hollywood with an Oscars nomination for Best Actress for her role in biopic I, Tonya.
The film – which follows the life of Tonya Harding and the violent figure skating saga that saw the athlete stripped of her 1994 US Championships title – premiered in Sydney on Tuesday night and marks yet another milestone for Robbie, whose farm life upbringing couldn’t be more removed from Hollywood glamour.
For Robbie’s depiction of Harding, Variety noted that I, Tonya is “built around something piercingly sharp and sincere: Margot Robbie’s canny, live-wire, deeply sympathetic performance.”
Meanwhile, BBC‘s Caryn James said, “Margot Robbie’s performance as disgraced champion figure skater Tonya Harding is so energetic, vivid and entertaining that [the film] overcomes the challenge of redeeming its problematic heroine.”
But the accolades, critical acclaim and mainstream success did not come overnight for Robbie, who called her family’s modest farm in Dalby, Queensland, home for so many years. She did not come from fame, or wealth (her mother is a physiotherapist, her father ran the farm), and wasn’t exactly connected when it came to theatre or the arts.
Margot Robbie didn’t win the lottery when it came to her glittering career, she worked bloody hard for it instead.
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After attending Gold Coast’s Somerset College, where she discovered a love of drama in her final year, Robbie made the decision to move to Melbourne alone at 17 and live with her agent’s friend. From there, rumour has it she cold-called production companies, including the Neighbour‘s producers – determined to open a door for herself.
Somehow, that phone call out-of-the-blue worked.