Margot Robbie covers the upcoming issue of Porter magazine. Inside, the 28-year-old Oscar nominee discusses her marriage, her career, and her feelings on the #MeToo movement.
Regarding the latter, reports Page Six, the “Mary Queen of Scots” star admits that it’s only since the rise of the #MeToo movement that she truly understands sexual harassment.
“I didn’t know what constituted sexual harassment until the #MeToo movement,” she says. “I’m in my late 20s, I’m educated, I’m worldly, I’ve travelled, I have my own business, and I didn’t know. That’s insane. I didn’t know that you could say ‘I have been sexually harassed’ without someone physically touching you, that you could say ‘That’s not OK.’ I had no idea. I now know because I’ve researched what constitutes illegal sexual harassment so as to have negative connotations for your job and how you get paid.”
Looking back, Robbie now sees that she has experienced harassment throughout her life, albeit “not in Hollywood”: “I struggle to find many women who haven’t experienced sexual harassment on some level. So yes, lots of times. And to varying degrees of severity throughout my life.”
As Robbie explains, a situation on set need not meet the definition of harassment while still making an actress wildly uncomfortable, and she points to her provocative seduction scene in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
“It doesn’t come across when you’re watching the movie but in reality, we’re in a tiny bedroom with 30 crew crammed in. All men,” she reveals. “And for 17 hours I’m pretending to be touching myself. It’s just a very weird thing and you have to bury the embarrassment and absurdity, really deep, and fully commit.”
In the interview, Robbie also gushes about her marriage to Tom Ackerley, 28. “Being married is actually the most fun ever; life got way more fun somehow. I have a responsibility being someone’s wife, I want to be better,” she says, although she doesn’t see herself starting a family in the near future.
“Definitely not,” she says. “Three days ago my husband stopped by a dog shelter on the way back from the airport, and we now have a pit bull puppy. We already have a two-year-old who still acts like a puppy. I love him but he’s a handful, and for the last three days I haven’t slept. I’m like, ‘We’re fostering her for the week,’ and my husband’s saying, ‘No! We’re keeping her,’ and I’m saying, ‘We absolutely cannot and, if anything, you are now cementing in my mind that we cannot have kids. I can’t cope with two puppies, let alone children!’”
Which is not to say that children aren’t in the cards at some point. “If I’m looking into my future 30 years from now, I want to see a big Christmas dinner with tons of kids there,” she says. “But definitely not at the moment. That’s 100-per-cent certain.”
You can read more with Margot Robbie when the “Winter Escape” issue of Porter hits newsstands on Dec. 7.