Margot Robbie graces the cover of Vogue Australia’s September issue, but it wasn’t long ago that the actress was relatively unknown.
For the coveted issue, the “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” star was interviewed by the film’s director, Quentin Tarantino.
She landed her first big part with “Neighbors” but for North American audiences didn’t become a household name until she starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf Of Wall Street”.
Making it big in North America wasn’t easy, something Robbie, 29, calls “unrealistic” when Tarantino asked her about transitioning from Australia to the United States.
“I have a working visa and I’m an American resident. But it does boggle my mind. It’s not something I ever dreamed of doing, because it was so unrealistic,” Robbie replied.
The “Suicide Squad” actress recalled about how after finishing up on “Neighbors” she realized that she wanted to make the transition to L.A. she “started saving and learning the American dialect.”
She added laughing, “You’ve met me with my Australian accent now, but my Australian accent as it was then was very, very Australian.”
Before Robbie even touched down in New York, she already landed the pilot for “Pan Am”.
“But that’s how this town is. With some people it can take 12 years to have any sort of movement; other people it takes six months. Or sometimes people have six months then it takes them 12 years to get to the next place,” Tarantino mused.
“There’s no specific timeline, I guess, and you’re right, that’s the magic of Hollywood. Everything can change so quickly. People often ask me what’s been the best part. I couldn’t say ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ was better than my time on ‘Neighbours’ and I couldn’t say that ‘Z for Zachariah’ wasn’t as important to me as ‘Tarzan’. It’s all been so exciting.”
When Tarantino was writing the script for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” he couldn’t imagine anyone other than Robbie to play the part of Sharon Tate and as fate would have it, Robbie sent him a fan letter just as he was wrapping up expressing how she has admired him for “years and years.”
“I’d heard you were going to do 10 movies and I couldn’t bear the thought I would miss the boat and never see what one of your film sets was like: I needed to figure out a way to get on to set. Maybe I could even hold a door in the back of a scene,” Robbie said when Tarantino asked her why she wrote him. “At the same time I wasn’t really in the right position to reach out to Quentin Tarantino and say: ‘Hello, my name is Margot and can I come visit your sets?’”