"This is so weird," says Margot Robbie. She's at London's Rosewood Hotel watching-trying to watch, anyway-her own commercial. It's for Calvin Klein's heady fragrance Deep Euphoria, and it's kind of funny: one of those "Is this a dream?" plot lines with a neon purple rave and shirtless skater boys. (We're not complaining.) "It's cool, right?" Robbie giggles. "But seeing yourself on TV... it's never not strange."
What's funny: If you're not Margot Robbie, watching her onscreen is a pretty regular thing. From The Wolf of Wall Street to The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad, the Aussie actress has steadily crept into Hollywood's A-List. She's also become a fashion favorite, sporting Saint Laurent to the Oscars and Gucci on her latest press tour.
But do we really know anything about Margot Robbie? We weren't sure, so we asked her some questions-weird ones, for real-to get some more information.
You're famously hands-on with your projects. How involved were you in the Deep Euphoria ad? Did you cast the hot guys yourself?
I didn't, but I was very happy with [Calvin Klein's] choice. I was chatting with them at one point, and I could tell I was starting to flirt with them. I said to one of the guys, "What are you doing after this?" and he says, "Well, I've got to go back to school." And I was like, "Oh, cool! College?" No. Not college. [High] school. I thought, "Oh. My. God. You're 17 years old. I'm officially a cougar! I'm 'The Older Woman!' This has never happened to me before!"
Ah, your first Mrs. Robinson moment.
So many of my friends are older, and the people I work with are older. I guess I've gotten used to hearing people say, "Oh, you're so young," even though I never really agreed with that. Now I get their perspective. And it does feel bizarre, having someone in your work space who's so much younger than you.
It must be strange being on a film set with shirtless guys everywhere. How do you stay focused?
Oh, it never stops being awkward. I laughed like crazy on the Deep Euphoria set, especially when there was a shot where I was supposed to look seductive or sensually drape myself on the couch or something. Inevitably, a sequin would get caught on the couch, or I'd lean too far over and there would be a nip slip with my dress. Then the crew yells, "Cut! Your boob's out!" and the whole set hears it. Oops. Sorry.
This campaign needs a blooper reel.
There's a part where I have to caress the bottle across my jawline. I was like, "Guys, I feel ridiculous…" And then we only had the sample perfume bottle. On shoots, perfume bottles are usually filled with water, but this was the only one we had, and it was filled with the real perfume. So I had to keep spritzing myself take after take. I'm showering myself with this perfume and I'm like, "Sorry, everyone!" The whole thing is so funny. When my friends see this, I'm going to get teased so badly. But the end result does look pretty cool. I'm happy with it.
I heard you use perfumes to help get into character on film sets...
I've never met another actor who does it, but for me, it's really helpful! I remember specific times and people in my life so much more clearly if I smell something that brings me back to them. So scent has become a way for me to differentiate characters.
Have you used Deep Euphoria for anything yet?
I used it for [the upcoming film noir thriller] Terminal. It coincided that I did this shoot right before the movie. I had the perfume with me, and thought, "This character needs to be a bit femme fatale and a bit dangerous." But we're also setting this in a dystopian world. There's no technology yet. There's a lot of neon. And this perfume is really classic. It has a throwback nostalgia but it's fresh and cool. It's not too heavy handed. So it was perfect!
Does Harley Quinn have a scent?
Oh yeah. I bought her perfume in a strip mall drugstore. It's a super tacky cheap brand. The packaging is a skull. It's perfect. Then I got a Playboy perfume, too, so she has one when she's Harleen and one when she's Harley. There's nothing subtle about them.
You've said Debbie Harry was the visual inspiration for Harley Quinn's style. Now that you're moving into the sequel, have you two been in contact?
I didn't even have to find her, because the craziest thing happened. I've said in interviews, "We found this dope picture of Debbie Harry that I thought were perfect for Harley Quinn." Well, my managers called me and said, "Uh, Debbie Harry's reached out." She heard my look was based off hers, and she signed a photograph for you, if you want it." If I want it? Are you kidding? It got to my house two days ago. It's the sickest thing I own.
But you haven't met her yet?
No, I don't know what I'd say. I'd be so starstruck.
Your red carpet stylist is Kate Young, who also works with Selena Gomez and Michelle Williams. How did you pick her?
I liked that with Kate, everyone looked like themselves, and they also looked their age. I'm 26. I've got the rest of my life to wear something really safe. She's super subtle with her styling, but it's tailored to the person she's dressing.
Do you two have a strategy for press tours?
She's like, "You need to look like you own these clothes. You threw these clothes on at your house, you shook out your hair, and you just happened to roll up onto the red carpet. That's what you need to look like." People don't want to look at you and think, 'Oh, it must have taken her so long to get ready!' It's not as exciting to imagine. They want to imagine your life being-well, the opposite of what it sometimes is, where getting dressed is very regimented, you know? People don't want to know that.
Have you ever asked for a piece from Selena or Michelle's arsenal?
When I saw Michelle Williams and Selena Gomez rocking up to the Met Gala in their Louis Vuitton boots, I asked Kate if I could have them, too! And I wore them at Comic Con.
You swiped Selena's boots?
No! I have big feet. Do you know how embarrassing it is when you ask for a shoe and they look at you like, "No, we don't make these heels for Bigfoot, sorry." And I'm 5'6". I'm not that tall.
Would you ever try online dating?
I don't think I'd ever be comfortable with that because technology still freaks me out a bit. I don't even know how to Direct Message someone on Instagram. I still write letters. I send thank you notes, not emails, even if I'm staying at a friend's house or something. I'm very old school. But Tinder fascinates me. Raya fascinates me. I make my friends pull up their profiles and I'm like, "Show me everything."
I heard you're a Harry Potter fan.
I will talk to you about Harry Potter all day.
Done. What house are you in?
I'm in Gryffindor, obviously... but I totally rigged my answers [on the Pottermore quiz]. I could totally tell which answers were going to get me into Gryffindor, and so those were my answers. I do think I'd be in Gryffindor anyway, but I definitely manipulated the quiz in my favor. I wouldn't have been bummed with Ravenclaw, though.
What's your Patronus?
Good question! I've thought about it in the past. My spirit animal is a monkey. Because I have really long arms and I like being up high. I feel much more comfortable either up in a tree, or underwater. That's where I feel the most zen. But I don't want my Patronus to be a monkey! Even though that's totally what it is.
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