Margot Robbie was just as horrified as everyone else when she heard about director Quentin Tarantino’s negligent treatment of Uma Thurman on the set of Kill Bill.
Perhaps even more than everyone else. For the actress, working with Tarantino was a “life-long dream,” one she was forced to think deeply about when she got the chance to work with him on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, she’s revealed in a new interview.
“I’ve always been a huge—huge—Tarantino fan,” Robbie, who plays tragically murdered actress Sharon Tate in the hotly anticipated film, said.
“I love his movies. Love them.”
Like all of us who have been let down by our Hollywood idols in the wake of the #MeToo movement – Louis C.K., James Franco, Kevin Spacey, the list goes on – the actress was forced to grapple with moral and ethical questions before signing on to the project.
What ultimately helped make her decision, she said, was the director’s transparency and deep contrition over the incident; he willingly gave the footage of the car crash to Thurman to share publicly and called it “one of the biggest regrets of my life.”
“But the thought definitely crossed my mind. Like, will people view this decision as conflicting with what I’m doing on the producing side?” she said, referring to the string of female-led film projects she has created through her production company LuckyChap.
Defending the decision, the 28-year-old said “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.
“I had the greatest experience of my life.”
Recently Robbie was forced to defend her lack of dialogue in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood after Tarantino was visibly offended by a reporter’s question.
“I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character, even without dialogue specifically, which is an interesting thing,” Robbie said at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Rarely do I get an opportunity to spend so much time on my own as a character, going through a day-to-day existence … [I] actually really appreciated the exercise and felt that I could deliver what I wanted to onscreen.”
She has less lines than her co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, but Robbie made her impact on the film regardless, being called the “heart and soul of the film.”
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood hits Australian cinemas on August 15.