Vanity Fair – August 2016
The gallery has been updated with new scans from the July 15th issue of Entertainment Weekly. Thanks to my friend Claudia for the new additions. Enjoy!
Entertainment Weekly – July 15, 2016
America is so far gone, we have to go to Australia to find a girl next door. In case you’ve missed it, her name is Margot Robbie. She is 26 and beautiful, not in that otherworldly, catwalk way but in a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance. She is blonde but dark at the roots. She is tall but only with the help of certain shoes. She can be sexy and composed even while naked but only in character. As I said, she is from Australia. To understand her, you should think about what that means. Australia is America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people. They still live and die with the plot turns of soap operas in Melbourne and Perth, still dwell in a single mass market in Adelaide and Sydney. In the morning, they watch Australia’s Today show. In other words, it’s just like America, only different. When everyone here is awake, everyone there is asleep, which makes it a perfect perch from which to study our customs, habits, accents. An ambitious Australian actor views Hollywood the way the Martians view Earth at the beginning of The War of the Worlds. Which was Robbie. Auditioning and acting and studying from afar as she waited for the perfect moment, the perfect wave, which she rode from the beach in front of her town on the Australian coast all the way to the billboards along Sunset Boulevard, where her face is blown up to monstrous size in an effort to sell not one but two summer blockbusters: The Legend of Tarzan, a new take on the classic, co-starring Alexander Skarsgård, and Suicide Squad, a Batman offshoot co-starring Jared Leto and Will Smith, in which Robbie plays the Joker’s sidekick, fan favorite Harley Quinn.
Robbie started acting in high school. A natural, as comfortable onstage as off. “When I was little, I thought I was going to be a magician,” she told me. “I had tricks and thought they were genius. I didn’t decide, ‘I’m going to be an actress.’ I didn’t know that was a job. I thought that only happened to people born in Hollywood. But I put on shows at home, and I used to watch videos over and over and knew them by heart. I did drama at school and was in all the plays just because I liked doing it.”
We talked about Suicide Squad, the Batman spin-off that opens this month. Robbie plays Harley Quinn, a New York psychiatrist who fell for the Joker while he was in therapy, becoming first his love interest, then his sidekick and a super-villain in her own right. The character, who came into Batman via the animated series in 1992, was willed onto the screen by the passion of a million Gotham City geeks. There is a danger in personifying such a beloved avatar, but pictures of Robbie in costume—pigtails dyed red and blue, dark-red lipstick, crazy smile, and wielding a baseball bat, like one of the gangsters in The Warriors—have stirred happy anticipation in the community. Warner Bros. has already begun developing a film that Robbie’s Harley Quinn will anchor, with the actress also taking on producing duties.
What is Harley Quinn? That scariest of all circus anomalies, the sexy clown. “She loves causing mayhem and destruction,” Robbie told me. “She’s incredibly devoted to the Joker. They have a dysfunctional relationship, but she loves him anyway. She used to be a gymnast—that’s her skill set when fighting.”
Read the full article on Vanity Fair.