Margot Robbie does not want to be defined by her looks.
The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star is on the cover of the July issue of Vogue, and in it she reveals the one word she hates above all others: “bombshell”.
“I hate that word. I hate it—so much,” she says. “I feel like a brat saying that because there are worse things, but I’m not a bombshell. I’m not someone who walks in a room and the record stops and people turn like, ‘Look at that woman.’ That doesn’t happen. People who know me, if they had to sum me up in one word, I don’t know what that word would be, but I’m certain it would not be ‘bombshell’.”
The 28-year-old also talks about playing the real-life Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, and how it differed from playing Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya”.
“It was such a strange challenge,” she admits. “I find it much easier to go dark and angry. With Tonya, I wanted to go really heavy, almost like she had weights on her feet. This time I was trying to do the reverse.”
On the subject of Tarantino, the controversy surrounding Uma Thurman’s revelation to The New York Times in 2018 about a car crash on the set of “Kill Bill” also came up.
In the article, Thurman described Tarantino insisting on her being behind the wheel of a car without proper safety precautions. The actress ended up losing control of the car and seriously injured her neck and knees, referring to the whole incident as “dehumanization to the point of death.”
Robbie says the Tarantino’s later statement that the crash was “one of the biggest regrets of my life,” along with his decision to help make the crash footage public, helped to reassure her when she signed up to work on “One Upon a Time in Hollywood”.
“The thought definitely crossed my mind,” Robbie admits, “like, will people view this decision as conflicting with what I’m doing on the producing side?”
She continues, “I don’t know how to say what I feel about it, because I’m so grateful to be in a position of power and to have more creative control. That is embraced and encouraged now. At the same time, I grew up adoring movies that were the result of the previous version of Hollywood, and aspiring to be a part of it, so to have those dreams come true also feels incredibly satisfying. I don’t know. Maybe I’m having my cake and eating it, too.”
Robbie adds, “It was my lifelong dream [to work with Tarantino], and I got to do it, and it makes me sad if people might hold that against me despite everything else I’m doing,”