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Margot Robbie: New Hollywood Favorite Thanks to the Movie Barbie

Margot Robbie dressed in a red dress in front of a red background

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling have conquered the world with the triumph of the film Barbie. Margot, who plays the heroine with a mix of assumed kitsch, feminist message, and candy pink glamour, has been propelled to the top. An ascent that has shaken this star with a discreet ego.

A meteoric rise

Margot Robbie, the new queen of Hollywood, has managed to bring the famous Mattel doll to life with a style perfectly in tune with the times — glamour, derision, and feminism. Her talent and charisma have transformed an iconic figure into a complex and modern character.

A childhood in Australia

Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990, in Dalby, a small town of 10,000 inhabitants in Queensland, Australia. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, a physiotherapist, raised her four children alone after their father left. The family moved to Gold Coast, a splendid coastal region, where Margot spent much of her childhood. A determined teenager, she already knew she wanted to become rich and famous, inspired by Australian stars like Nicole Kidman.

As a child, Margot was so passionate about cinema that she would put on shows for her family. She used makeshift props and involved her siblings in homemade productions.

Margot Robbie, passionate about cinema since always, has managed to make a place for herself among the greatest in Hollywood
Margot Robbie, passionate about cinema since always, has managed to make a place for herself among the greatest in Hollywood

The beginnings in Hollywood

At 18, Margot left her family for Melbourne with the dream of becoming an actress. Without formal artistic training, she managed to land roles in two little-noticed independent films: Vigilante and I.C.U.. It was her participation in the famous Australian soap opera Neighbours that opened the doors to local fame. With her first earnings, she helped her mother pay off the family home’s mortgage. This gesture reveals her gratitude and generous character.

On the set of Neighbours, Margot was known for bringing incredible energy. She sometimes filmed scenes for hours without complaining, earning the respect of the entire team.

The move to Hollywood

Margot then moved to the United States, where she landed a role in the series Pan Am. Although the series was canceled after one season, it caught Hollywood’s attention. Her big breakthrough came with Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street. For her audition, Margot, determined to stand out, slapped Leonardo DiCaprio during a dispute scene. This improvised gesture impressed the director and the actor.

Margot thought that this improvised slap would end her career before it even started. However, it was exactly the opposite.

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling on the set of the Barbie movie in 2023
Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling on the set of the Barbie movie in 2023

From actress to producer

After the success of The Wolf of Wall Street, Margot took on several roles. But it is as a producer that she began to truly make her mark in Hollywood. In 2014, she co-founded LuckyChap Entertainment, a production company dedicated to promoting films directed by women and telling women’s stories. I, Tonya, one of her company’s first projects, was a critical and commercial success.

Margot has said that the creation of LuckyChap Entertainment was born out of frustration with the lack of interesting roles for women in Hollywood, deciding to take matters into her own hands to change this dynamic.

The consecration with Barbie

In 2023, Margot Robbie achieved worldwide recognition by playing Barbie in the eponymous film directed by Greta Gerwig. The film grossed 1.4 billion euros at the box office. It managed to transform Barbie into a modern feminist icon while retaining her kitsch charm. This performance made Margot an essential figure in world cinema.

To prepare for her role, Margot spent hours studying the doll’s movements and history. She wanted to bring an unexpected authenticity and depth to the character.

Margot Robbie, in the movie Barbie, perfectly playing the Mattel doll. She is glamorous, yet feminist
Margot Robbie, in the movie Barbie, perfectly playing the Mattel doll. She is glamorous, yet feminist

A multifaceted actress

Alongside her acting career, Margot Robbie continues to make a name for herself as a producer. She left Instagram in 2021, despite her 23 million followers. She wanted to focus on her career and preserve her private life. Her choice to prioritize production shows her desire to contribute sustainably to the film industry.

Margot has stated that leaving Instagram allowed her to focus more on her work. She can now live each moment fully without constantly worrying about her public image.

Her pretty fortune

According to Forbes, Margot Robbie earned 59 million dollars in 2023, surpassing all other female actresses. At 33, she is the youngest among the ten highest-paid actors in a decade.

Margot Robbie is willing to do anything to work with remarkable directors, even going so far as to write to Quentin Tarantino for a role alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio
Margot Robbie is willing to do anything to work with remarkable directors, even going so far as to write to Quentin Tarantino for a role alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio

Today, the undisputed queen of Hollywood, the soon-to-be mother may shortly portray Amanda Lear, muse of Salvador Dalí, in a biopic. From her modest beginnings in Australian TV series to her acclaimed performances in major films such as Barbie, she has demonstrated a remarkable ability to embody diverse roles. Her flourishing career and commitment make her a major figure in contemporary cinema.