Margot Robbie is Nobody’s Barbie: Star of Sailing Hollywood’s “Babylon”.

When I met her, Robbie had just finished his David O. Russell amsterdam, A quirky movie set in the 1930s where she starred opposite Christian Bale and John David Washington. Russell is known for, shall we say, capacitor Nature in a group. For starters, he made Amy Adams cry while doing it American extortion and yelled obscenities at Lily Tomlin on set I heart Huckabees In a video so shocking that it’s now the stuff of legend. I ask if Robbie feels any intimidation working with him, especially in this “new” Hollywood where, ideally, toxic behavior isn’t tolerated. “I started the process with David years ago,” she says, adding that together they created her character. One conversation led to another conversation that led to another conversation that went on for years and years. So the moment wasn’t like, “Can you sign up for a David O. Russell movie?” She appreciated the brainstorming process, and says, “I’ve never really been involved in that as an actress.” I’ve never had a director want to hear my point of view so much in the development process.”

I ask if the group is uncomfortable at all. She shakes her head no. “I had a pretty amazing experience,” she says. “The other thing I hope people understand is that when you make a movie, you don’t make it with just one director and two actors. You make a movie with many people.” She singles out Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki and says working with him was one of the “absolute highlights” of her career.

As we speak, Ruby is open and generous, often indulging in emotional stories about her laid-back experiences, favorite movies, or podcasts (she likes dickens team, A filmmaking podcast featuring cinematographer Roger Dickens and his wife, James Ellis Dickens). She is more careful when she goes awry in her personal life. “It’s ridiculous,” she says. “When you’re an actor, the whole point is that you show people else People, so it doesn’t make sense to talk about yourself when you’ve been spending so much time hiding yourself.”

However, she seems to hide nothing more than human decency (she paid off her mother’s mortgage with her first big paycheck) and a penchant for spending quality time with friends (she takes girls’ surfing trips to Nicaragua and group vacations to Spain). A few more details that suggest we’re dealing with a real 3D person here: Robby can open a beer bottle with another beer bottle. She wants to learn to play the banjo. threw a Love Island– Themed birthday party. “She really loves Love Island Which is surprising just because it’s so classy,” says Hudson. “But yeah, it’s definitely a pleasure to waste many hours on.”

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at one point, Ruby says she wishes she was an actress in the 20s or even the 70s. But she was able to play a variety of roles — developing dimples on her face to play Queen Elizabeth I Mary Queen of Scots, She wears roller skates and a padded bodysuit for Tonya Harding, uses glowing face paint and a baseball bat for Harley Quinn – while also producing the kind of projects she’s been craving. Clara Bow could only play one type of character and had little control over her career – which, I can say for sure, wouldn’t sit well with Robbie. I pulled out another notebook and read Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am big. I contain multitudes.” She looks up and smiles. “Have many people” is a great way to remind yourself. “

Hollywood didn’t expect it to have such large numbers. When it rose to prominence after that The Wolf of Wall Street At 22, Robbie was offered the roles of the hot, predictable blonde, all of which she refused. He tells her that Hollywood likes to box items, and she goes even further: “I think People I like to put people in boxes.” So far, Robbie hasn’t gotten enough credit for her work as a producer. In 2014, she founded LuckyChap Entertainment with three of her closest friends—one of whom, Tom Ackerley, became her husband in 2016. It was the company’s first release in 2017 I’m Tonya The critical hit garnered three Academy Award nominations and a win for Jani. in 2021, promising young woman It brought another five Academy Award nominations and a screenwriting win for Emerald Fennell. The company, which supports female stories and storytellers, has produced five films this year, including the next for Vinyl.

Then there Barbie. The movie was basically dead after confusing the two lead actors (Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway) and the writers until Robbie signed on to star and produce. She brought Greta Gerwig to narrate (with her partner, Noah Baumbach) and direct, with the goal of a subversive take on the world’s most famous doll. “Making an obvious Barbie movie was going to be very easy,” Robbie says, “and anything easy to do probably isn’t worth doing.” Gerwig was so impressed with Robbie that he freaked out: “Once upon a time, I wanted to capture Margot in slow motion but make everything move fast, so I went up to her and said, ‘Can you move at 48fps, even though we’re shooting at 24fps and it’s going to move Everyone at normal speed? She did some math behind her eyes and then fucking did it. It actually moved at a higher frame rate. I don’t know of any class that falls into it other than magic.”

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