Did you know that Margot Robbie auditioned for the role of Sue Storm in Fantastic Four? Check out these seven things you might not know about the actress who plays Suicide Squad superbaddie Harley Quinn. — V. Wesley
Margot Robbie landed her first TV job after cold-calling the casting agent of the long running Australian soap, “Neighbours.” The call paid off, and her meeting led to an audition and eventually the role of free-spirited teen Donna Freedman. Originally slated for a guest role, Robbie joined the regular cast soon after her first episode and went on to play Donna from 2008 to 2014 in more than 300 episodes.
Margot Robbie auditioned for the role of Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman in the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, but Kate Mara eventually beat her out for the role.
Robbie didn’t seem to have any regrets: "I didn't really resonate with the script, and I haven't seen the movie. So, I don't really know how it turned out different from the page. But I had a great meeting with the director (Josh Trank), and I really enjoyed that. I guess it's part of the game: Sometime you win some. Sometimes you lose some."
Robbie is an avid Rangers fan and amateur hockey player. She revealed the origins of her hockey love to MTV.com, “Well, I always wanted to play ice hockey back in Australia. I’m not sure why, but we didn’t have any ice where I lived. It was very hot, a coastal town. So, I played field hockey. But then when I moved to America, I was finally able to join a team once I wasn’t contracted to a show. When I was contracted to a show, I wasn’t able to play. I was living in New York, and the Rangers were my default team. They’re the best team ever."
Her enthusiasm for her own playing is less than enthusiastic: “I play on a team, but I’m definitely the worst on the team. I’m not so good at the ice skating part. The hockey is good, but the ice skating I need to work on.”
The One and Only Harley Quinn
Unlike her experience with Fantastic Four, Margot was the only one in the running for the role of psychiatrist-turned-Joker’s accomplice Harley Quinn in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. About the opportunity, Robbie said, “I actually got offered this one. I didn’t audition, which is a real step-up as an actor when you can get offered things.”
Not the Only Acting Robbie
Margot’s younger brother Cameron is following in his sister’s acting footsteps. In 2009 he landed a bit part (The Flirting Teenaged Boy) alongside his sister in the Australian thriller I.C.U. Like Margot, he’s also had a go playing the villain in a superhero movie, as Malcom, antagonist to the hero Guardian in the 2015 short film Gifted. Margot has proven to be an acting inspiration as well. He explained, “When she started succeeding, I realized you can do this as a job. She is such a grounded, supportive, and intelligent girl. There’s such a business side to this world ... and she’s helping with (that).”
From Actor to Producer
Seeking more control of her career, Margot Robbie co-founded the production company LuckyChap Entertainment with her friends to develop projects that interested her. She’s currently producing the 2016 thriller, Terminal, and the Tonya Harding biopic, I, Tonya, in which she will also star. About her decision to add producing to her resume, Robbie said, “It took a little while to get my head around the fact that, oh, you’re a commodity now, and there’s a value placed on your head." She explained, “Someone’s always going to be using your name, milking that and taking advantage of it. So, you might as well let your friends do it.”
Not the End for Harley Quinn
In May, Warner Brothers announced that Margot would be producing and reprising her role as Harley Quinn in an upcoming Untitled Harley Quinn Project. Not much has been revealed about the project, but it’s rumored to be focused on the female heroes and villains of the DC Universe.
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