In an appearance in her first film to see wide release, Margot Robbie enters the story of About Time early on as the gorgeous woman Domhnall Gleeson’s character would fall in love with over the course of the summer. She was the charming girl-next-door type you’d never forget.
It was only a matter of time until her magnetic personality was recognized, and it was later that year that the world saw her star turning debut in Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Showing off with a pretty much flawless Brooklyn accent, she nearly stole every scene she was in, and seeing as she was acting across from Leonardo DiCaprio in one of his best performances to date, that’s saying something. She wasn’t just some beautiful blonde that’d probably belong better in some Ted movie (No!). She proved herself a mighty acting talent and a rising star who just keeps shining brighter.
Robbie’s role in The Wolf of Wall Street really encapsulates how greatly Robbie is able to combine her mustered up gravitas as an actress with her already established, charming personality and on-screen magnetism, and yet, even with such a fabulous display in Scorsese’s film, she still manages to push herself even further along a trajectory that may just show us how versatile of an actress she really is.
Jumping from one A-lister to another, Robbie next played alongside Will Smith in Focus. She (individually) portrayed cool, elegant, and buoyant as well as she had ever done before, but this time around she was also able to show us a bit of her funnier, wittier side. Her chemistry with Smith was far and away the best part of the movie, which leads me to believe that there is no A-list actor she can’t match on-screen. No joke.
Her chemistry with Will Smith will undoubtedly factor heavily into their reunion onscreen in the upcoming Suicide Squad film. In a rare moment of a pretty much universally-accepted perfect casting choice, Robbie was chosen to be the first person ever to portray the character of Harley Quinn on film. While a daunting project to undertake for some, merely looking at David Ayer’s photo of the complete cast points to at least one actor in the cast who has fully embraced their character, and is ready to give life to them in a new medium (Margot Robbie).
Ayer’s take on the character (and the rest of the film) seems to be more gritty and punk rock than the Harley Quinn-tessential look we’ve grown accustomed to in the Batman: The Animated Series as well as the Arkham video games, but there is no problem with that. I’m thoroughly convinced that Robbie will be able to bring forth the spunky and crazy aspect of her character, while also retaining a fragility of her more personal character that we all know and love.
Based upon her upcoming films, it looks as though she’ll be utilizing her charming beauty to showcase her amazing talent, as she plays the last woman on Earth in Z for Zachariah, but I also see opportunities where she’ll be able to show us her full-on, comedic side. In particular, Robbie’s role in the upcoming Tina Fey movie, as well as her portrayal of the intelligent, capable Jane in the upcoming live-action Tarzan film, will surely showcase her full range of acting talents.
Whether you know her as the Duchess, Mr. J’s Puddin’, or just simply as the remarkably talented beauty from down under, send your love to Margot Robbie today on her 25th birthday, and celebrate her as one incredible thespian who has already proven herself to be one of the best of her generation.
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