We are all excited for more of #MargotRobbie in the future, right? With the announcement of her first-look deal with Warner Bros. (and the Harley Quinn spin-off movie), we are definitely going to be seeing much more from this Australian talent for many years to come.
She got her start at the age of 17 on the Australian soap opera Neighbours, and it appears to have only been uphill from there. Upon moving to the United States, Robbie got cast on the short-lived ABC drama Pan Am, and shortly thereafter was exchanging lines with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and Will Smith. Although Margot Robbie is booming right now and continuing to rise in stardom, she hasn't necessarily built the largest filmography — at least not yet. However, that doesn't mean that the roles she has managed to tackle haven't been anything short of spectacular.
With this list, we'll focus on the six best performances from Margot Robbie (so far) and talk about what makes each of these roles so great. Whether it's simply her commitment and spirit or the actual portrayal of the characters, there is a lot to take away from these performances.
6. 'Z for Zachariah' (2015)
Fun Fact: Z for Zachariah is the highest-rated film in Robbie's filmography, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
I bet you haven't even heard about this movie, eh? This lesser-known release starred Robbie alongside just two other cast members: Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. Robbie played the role of Ann Burden, the assumed last known woman on Earth after a biological disaster wiped out a majority of the population.
Although Z for Zachariah wasn't necessarily the best book-to-film adaptation, the story is an interesting concept and Margot Robbie did an amazing job. She is definitely the central character of this story and she managed to bring a range of emotions to the role including strength, independence, intelligence, grief and loneliness. Not to mention she managed to make grungy, baggy jeans and an old trucker hat look pretty stylish.
5. 'The Legend of Tarzan' (2016)
Fun Fact: Robbie was cast as Jane Clayton after Emma Stone turned the role down.
The Legend of Tarzan wasn't a massive hit, but it wasn't a complete failure either. The biggest takeaways from this adaptation was not only the different tone of #Tarzan already being acclimatized to modern civilization, but also the fact that his wife Jane could hold her own without much help. She was no damsel in distress and that is one thing for which we have Margot Robbie to thank.
Along with the stories of her refusing to lose weight or do excessive training to fit the stereotype of Tarzan's wife, Robbie also did a lot of work to make sure that Jane was a strong and independent character that could handle herself. Needless to say, she pulled it off because her portrayal of Jane Clayton was one of the brighter aspects of The Legend of Tarzan. Not to mention her pretty awesome chemistry with co-star #AlexanderSkarsgard.
4. 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' (2016)
Fun Fact: This is the only film (so far) that has allowed Robbie to speak with her native Australian accent.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was unfortunately another victim of misleading marketing (as was another on this list), but that doesn't make it a total wash. Just don't let the commercials and trailers fool you into believing this is 100% a comedy. Even with funny personalities like Tina Fey and Margot Robbie on board, the movie takes a rather serious turn of events that is hard to come back from.
With that said, that doesn't mean it lacked its moments, and a lot of them were thanks to Robbie as an Australian wartime reporter named Tanya Vanderpoel. Her portrayal of this knowingly attractive rising star of the journalism world is one of those love-hate relationships. You love how funny and carefree her character is, but you also dislike her to some degree. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is actually Robbie's most positively reviewed film of 2016, so it's definitely worth a watch.
3. Focus (2015)
Fun Fact: Robbie traveled from Croatia to New York City in less than 24 hours and managed to make the audition on time, despite losing her luggage in the process.
Focus was a tricky project from the start as it originally was supposed to star Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and then Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart. However, the movie finally got put together, and it's hard to imagine this crime-drama starring anyone other than #WillSmith and Margot Robbie.
Robbie portrays a young woman named Jess who is looking to get into a more upscale, organized world of crime when she runs into a man who seems to be willing to take her there. Robbie managed to lift her character beyond just a typical "bombshell" asset that a group uses as a distraction. Jess is witty, talented, intelligent and quick-learning. She also knows how to play to her strengths and use her charm to get what she wants. It's something that I don't think would have been brought to this character had it not been Margot Robbie.
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Fun Fact: During her audition, she impulsively hit Leonardo DiCaprio in the face. She thought she was going to get arrested, but she got the part.
While most would think #SuicideSquad is responsible for launching Margot Robbie into superstardom, it actually got started when she landed a role in the Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street. This movie about Wall Street billionaire, Jordan Belfort, starred a number of high profile Hollywood A-listers such as Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, and Leonardo DiCaprio. There were surely some big shoes to fill and Robbie did a fantastic job.
Robbie was cast as Belfort's trophy wife, Naomi Lapaglia (a.k.a. the Duchess of Bay Ridge) shortly after her stint on the ABC show Pan Am ended, and she was still relatively unknown. In addition to pulling off the role of what was described to be "the hottest blonde ever," she managed to fool everyone with a spot-on Brooklyn accent. Everything she brought to this movie is a testament to her dedication and talent. It's also a prime example of why she has continued to rise in popularity.
1. Suicide Squad (2016)
Fun Fact: While training for the role of Harley Quinn, Robbie learned to hold her breath underwater for more than five minutes.
Margot Robbie stars as Harley Quinn, the psychiatrist turned criminal, in Suicide Squad alongside award-winning actors such as Will Smith, Viola Davis and Jared Leto. I think we can all agree that the movie as a whole could have been better, but that's a conversation for another time. The release of this #DCExtendedUniverse film has been a bit of a battle between critics and fans, but one thing that just about everyone could agree on: who the film's shining star was.
Robbie completely knocked it out of the park with this performance and there's no question as to why Warner Bros. has chosen to partner up with her not just for more #HarleyQuinn, but for more movies in general. She not only looks the part, but she managed to bring a sense of reality to this character that is notoriously just a crazy, lovesick sidekick. Harley was funny, conniving, manipulative and basically everything she should have been.
Similar to what I said about Focus, I don't think we would have gotten anywhere near the same character if it weren't for Margot Robbie. I'm more than excited to see what else she brings to this character in the future.
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