Margot Robbie Accepted 1 Huge Movie Role Without Reading the Script

For most actors, a quality script can be the deciding factor for accepting or rejecting a role. And Margot Robbie is, typically, no exception to that rule. The actor has been candid about the fact that if a script piques her interest, then she feels connected enough to either want to star in it, produce it, or both.

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‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ star Margot Robbie | Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Because Robbie is an actor and co-owner of her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, she spends a fair amount of her time reading scripts. And while not all of the scripts are right for Robbie, some of them practically leap out at her. One script that she was particularly entranced by was Charles Randolph’s Bombshell script. In an interview, The Wolf of Wall Street actor revealed that she had a visceral reaction to the script that made her want to be involved in the project.

Margot Robbie had an intense response to the ‘Bombshell’ script

“I was pretty rattled by the time I got to the end of [the Bombshell] script, to be honest,” Robbie shared with Variety. “And I knew long before I finished the script that I wanted to do it and be a part of it, just because I thought it was important to tell, and be a part of, and support in any way that I can. I hadn’t, for once, thought of the character first. I thought of the content and the messaging before kind of aligning myself with the character. That came next, was starting to understand Kayla.”

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But how was Robbie able to build to flush out Kayla, especially since the character was so drastically different from her? According to the Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood star, social media played a very important role in helping to build her character.

How the actor discovered her character, Kayla

“Understanding her upbringing and her point of view on politics in the world, that really took me a minute,” Robbie declared. “Twitter was extremely helpful. I would follow these young, conservative girls who are very vocal with their beliefs and their political points of view. And that was fascinating because they’re my age. In some ways, we’d have a lot in common. And then, in other ways, I was like, ‘We are living on totally different planets.’”

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While Robbie knew she wanted to play Kayla after reading the script for Bombshell, her reasoning for accepting the role of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad was drastically different. In fact, Robbie accepted the role of the crazed supervillain without ever reading the script. Instead, she was enticed into playing the part because it gave her the opportunity to work with director, David Ayer, who previously directed movies like Training Day and The Fast and the Furious.

Robbie was excited to work with David Ayer on ‘Suicide Squad’

“I was like, ‘Okay, can I read the script?’” Robbie recalled about being approached to play Harley Quinn. “And they were like, ‘There’s no script.’ ‘Okay, is there anyone attached?’ ‘No one attached.’ ‘Is there a director?’ ‘Yeah, David Ayer.’ And I was like, ‘Well, I’m in!’ And that was kind of it!” While Robbie didn’t get the script for Suicide Squad, clearly her instincts to work on the project were spot on. And considering Robbie got to work with the director again of Birds of Prey, it’s clear the collaboration was a good one.