For all the accolades Margot Robbie has to her name – is it not true every time you open your feed there is another golden globe nomination for Best Actress, another critics choice win, another rumour she’ll star in a Tarantino movie? – there is a cash price.
In a new, moving interview with The Hollywood Reporter, in which Robbie and disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding appear on the cover together, the 26-year-old Australian actor muses over facts she wished she knew before accepting certain film roles. In an honest admission, Robbie talked about how accepting bigger roles – like Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn – can attract death threats and stalkers, in turn costing the actor a lot of money for heightened security.
“You’re about to be in a comic book film; now here’s the worst-case scenario of how big and scary it can get,” she said. “There’s just all this stuff you learn along the way, like, when you get those death threats, it’s [smart] to have a security team do a background check on whoever sent them to see if there is any past history of violence because you’ll need to know whether you need security to go to certain events. And every time you do a background check, it’s going to cost $2,000, so take that into consideration when you’re getting yourself into this.”
“And it’s like, ‘OK, that’s a different kind of career,’” she continues. “Because then you need to always do a job that can financially support that lifestyle; you can’t just do indie films for the rest of your life because that film back there changed everything and now you have to be able to afford security…I just wish someone had explained a lot of those things to me early on. I wouldn’t have resented the position I found myself in because I would’ve known what I was getting myself into.”
In the same interview, Robbie alluded – via a big smile – that she will star in Tarantino’s pulp fiction film based on the brutal Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in the 1960s. Manson famously killed film director Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate – and six others – in 1969. It’s rumoured Tarantino has asked Robbie to play Tate with Leonardo DiCaprio also to star in the film. If confirmed, this will be the on-screen duo’s second film together since the 2013 The Wolf Of Wall Street. As her career continues to rise at an exponential rate, Robbie will indeed need to spend more on security.