Woman of the Week: Margot Robbie

From Tarzan’s Jane to Harley Quinn, this summer’s silver screen belongs to the Australian actress.

July 12, 2016

Normally, the early days of a budding actor’s Hollywood career are littered with forgetful films they’d rather not talk about once they become successful.

Even when you look at the filmographies of some of the all time greats, they are punctuated with questionable roles and film titles you’ve never heard of.

Not for Margot Robbie. While it may not be that extensive yet, the Australian actresses’ CV is certainly all killer, no filler. Not one of her films has flopped nor gone unnoticed and the status quo will surely continue as she stars in two of this summer’s biggest releases. 

However, she did get one of her first breaks in acting through a very traditional Australian way: Neighbours. Yes the blonde bombshell played Donna Freedman in the long-running TV show for over two years before leaving for the bright lights of Hollywood. 

Once there, Robbie’s first job was alongside Christina Ricci in the ABC network drama Pan Am, a show that got positive reviews from critics despite only lasting one series. But it was her next move that kick-started Robbie’s career in feature films.

She was cast in the Richard Curtis romantic comedy About Time, alongside Rachael McAdams and Bill Nighy. That’s the other thing; the beautiful actress has worked almost exclusively alongside the industry’s top A-listers since day one, a knack emphasised by what has unquestionably been her most headline-grabbing role to date.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street was a huge commercial success and Martin Scorsese’s highest ever grossing film. At the heart of the movie and keeping Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in check was Robbie with her portrayal of Jordan Belfort’s second wife, Naomi Lapaglia.

This was Robbie’s real debut to the wider cinema-going world and with her faultless Brooklyn accent, feisty attitude and let’s be honest, racy nude scenes, she firmly established herself as a household name. 

If 2013 was her breakthrough year, then 2015 was her busiest and one that earned her a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. As well as working with Will Smith in the comedy-drama Focus, she also featured in Z for Zachariah with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Suite Française alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and had a cameo as herself in The Big Short. See what we mean; all positively reviewed films alongside mega names - how many actors still fairly new to the business can have that claim? 

Already in 2016 she has appeared in Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot alongside Tina Fey, but it is a two-week long period this summer that should cement Robbie's status as a multi-talented lead actress. 

First, she appears in this month’s blockbuster The Legend of Tarzan, playing the iconic Jane to Alexander Skarsgard’s title character. That’s out in UAE cinemas from July 28. 

Then just one week later, she appears in the eagerly anticipated Suicide Squad, playing fan favourite badass Harley Quinn. In fact, such has been the acclaim for her embodiment of the character, that an all-female superheroes film is reportedly in the works with Robbie’s Quinn taking the lead.

In fact, scrap Woman of the Week; it's not enough for this talented Aussie. Margot is our Woman of the Season.