From nonbeliever to millionaire: how Margot Robbie’s avowed ambition made her the highest-paid actress of the year | UNITED STATES
For Margot Robbie, there’s no better motivation than disbelief. As incredible as she is ambitious, the Australian interpreter could not believe her eyes when she saw herself for the first time in Times Square in New York in front of a giant advertisement in which she appeared as part of the series Pan Am. “I still have the picture,” he told this newspaper a few years ago, lamenting a time when he was still nobody. Then she doubted that she was “the most attractive blonde in the world” as the scenario of the wolf of Wall Street (2013), the Martin Scorsese film that put her on the map, said of her. Yet he continued to hesitate. “I remember saying to a friend, ‘I haven’t worked for six weeks, I’m sure there’s nothing else,'” he added, laughing at his doubts. Some Doubts Hollywood Didn’t Have: This July, According to the Magazine VarietyMargot Robbie has just become the highest-paid actress of the year thanks to a salary of 12.5 million dollars (or euros, now that they are even) for her work on the next Barbie film.
It should be noted that Robbie, 32, is the highest paid actress because, judging by the 17 men who precede her – with salaries ranging from Tom Cruise’s $100 million for her Top Gun: Maverick To Ryan Gosling also has 12.5 million dollars for the same Barbie in which Robbie stars — pay parity in Hollywood is far from a near reality. But if we talk about female performances, she is ahead of Millie Bobby Brown (who earned $ 10 million this year for her return to the series Enola Holmes), Emily Blunt (who only won four million dollars for Oppenheimer), Jamie Lee Curtis ($3.5 million for Halloween ends) and Anya Taylor-Joy’s $1.8 million for Furious.
Robbie’s distrust is not at odds with his value. And if she doesn’t want to see it, the others are there to remind her. As Scorsese, who in addition to comparing her to Carole Lombard, Joan Crawford and Ida Lupino for her humor, her resilience and the emotions she is able to show on camera, respectively, described the Australian in her time as someone a “surprisingly audacious”. and leave a mark. For the audacity, the one he showed in the role of the wolf of Wall Streetwhere he surprised Leonardo DiCaprio in the face of the audition.
In her next work with DiCaprio, she showed the same predisposition, in this case with director Quentin Tarantino, to whom she sent a letter, as if she did not want the thing, letting him know how much she admired his cinema. and especially Love at close range (1993), which the actress describes as her favorite film. Tarantino already had the interpreter of Me Tonya in mind to rekindle the memory of Sharon Tate in Once upon a time in… Hollywood (2019), but the letter didn’t hurt. “Margot has a visual dynamism and personal qualities that you don’t see every day. He has what it takes,” summed up Tarantino after directing him to EL PAÍS about his choice.
What Robbie has had is a craving for movies ever since he started working on the show. Neighbors, an Australian TV classic that has seen most of that country’s cast and which, after 9,000 chapters and 37 years on the air, is coming to an end. “Of course, I am ambitious. My career is my motivation. I came to the United States with a plan and I am still looking forward to it, ”he admitted in the interview with this media. It comes to him as a child, from this Queensland (Australia) in which Margot Elise Robbie grew up and where she already underlined the manners of a businessman and drama queen when she started selling her brother’s used toys on the sidewalk of her house.
Now she jokes about it all, but something about this girl is still alive in her characters, and she has all kinds: from those semi-unknown films like French suite Where Z as Zacharias i>even the big hits of the superhero genre by playing Harley Quinn twice (suicide squad and Birds of prey) and his two Oscar nominations with Me Tonya (2018) or The scandal (2020). “It’s true that a lot of women I’ve played share my ambition. And that this industry is tough. But it’s also true that I’m full of doubts like everyone else. You never know how what you do will end up being”, he summed up then.
Perhaps for this reason, seeking greater control over his work or the content of his films, since 2014 there has been this other face of Robbie called LuckyChap Entertainment. This is her production company, which she founded with her husband, British director Tom Ackerley, and other friends and with which she promotes content not only as her own vehicle but for other actresses, as was the case with A promising young woman which, along with Carey Mulligan, won an Oscar for its director, Emerald Fennell, for the screenplay of this black comedy about a young woman seeking revenge. “Margot is an extraordinary person. That’s why she does so well as a producer, someone determined to do different things and make women’s voices heard”, summarized the director and screenwriter to EL PAÍS, who used the words ” interesting”, “strange”, “intelligent” and “delicious”, as well as “great support”, to describe his benefactor.
What terms her husband would use for her are unknown, as despite the six years of their marriage, almost nothing is known about them. That they met when Ackerley, also 32, was working as an assistant director on one of Robbie’s finest films. India movies. That they moved in together as soon as they attended their first Golden Globes gala with the wolf of Wall Street and that they are still here, not only as a couple but as colleagues. And that they still have a long way to go, judging by the list of premieres that the interpreter accumulates.
Before that Barbie where, under the direction of Greta Gerwig, she became the highest paid actress, as well as the incarnation of the Mattel doll, she has a pendant amsterdam first. i>, by David O. Russell; Babylon, where she will play silent film star Clara Bow under the direction of Damien Chazelle; and the city of asteroids that Wes Anderson shot in Spain. Moreover, a new reincarnation of the Ocean’s Eleven saga awaits, war drama Ruin alongside Matthew Schoenaerts, another version of tank girl he wants to produce and even a new incarnation of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga in which he would replace Jack Sparrow himself. Obviously now, Margot Robbie can have no doubts about her career. Or the time to count the money.