Margot Robbie: Me, Tonya, was the first time I thought I was a good actor

Margot Robbie says she felt her performance in the 2017 biopic I, Tonya was the “first time I thought I was a good actor”.

The Hollywood actress said this was the moment in her career when she felt comfortable enough “to reach out to my idols,” and shortly after approached director Quentin Tarantino.

Robbie made the comments Tuesday at a special Bafta event in London, where she reflected on her career.

At the event, Bafta: Life In Pictures, she discussed parts of her diverse and award-winning filmography with Briony Hanson, Director of Film at the British Council.

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Margot Robbie arrives at the Governors Awards (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The pair discussed her roles in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), I, Tonya (2017), Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019), Mary Queen of Scots (2018), The Suicide Squad (2021) and more recently Babylon (2022).

While reviewing the darkly comedic mockumentary film I, Tonya, in which she played American figure skater Tonya Harding, Robbie said, “Me, Tonya was the first time I watched a movie and thought I was a good actor.

“I thought, ‘Okay, I’m ready to reach out to my idols.’ And then I wrote the letter to Quentin (Tarantino).”

She added that the criticism of Once Upon A Time…, in response to her short time on screen despite playing the rather significant role of actress Sharon Tate, “didn’t bother me”.

“I looked at it and thought we had accomplished what we wanted to convey,” she said.

She also discussed working with Scorsese on The Wolf Of Wall Street in which she starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio when she was just 22 years old.

Robbie described the production of the Oscar-winning film as “a little bit free for everyone,” adding: “It was like the crazier you are, the more Marty will like it. And the more screen time you get.”

She will star in Damien Chazelle’s highly anticipated Hollywood epic Babylon later this year and in the Barbie movie in 2023, alongside Ryan Gosling.

The Bafta: A Life in Pictures series has previously hosted other high-profile Hollywood figures, including British stars Daniel Craig, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley Sam Mendes, Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Emma Thompson.

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