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Hello Margot fans! At the beginning of the year, Deadline shared a great new interview with Margot and Saoirse Ronan. They discuss ‘Mary Queen of Scots’, upcoming projects and their choice of characters! You can read it in full below, and find a stunning new photoshoot outtake which accompanied the article over in our galleries at this link.

Deadline | The real Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart probably never met. But when you cast a film with Margot Robbie as Elizabeth, and Saoirse Ronan as Mary, it seems only right that they come together, if only for one scene. Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots may briefly put the two monarchs face-to-face, but otherwise, staying true to the characters’ separate lives, Ronan and Robbie didn’t meet on set at all until they were on camera together—a decision Ronan calls a mutual “experiment”—and one that turned out to perfectly serve a tale of rivalry, isolation and oppressed female power.

Saoirse, you signed on to play Mary six years ago, but what did you know about this story going into it?

Saoirse Ronan: I didn’t know much, really. I learned a very small amount about Mary Queen of Scots when I was in school, and there was so much about her that had been entered into the history books that just wasn’t really true. So my perception of her was that she was this young girl who was way in over her head and didn’t really know how to rule, and consequently, she got executed eventually, which of course isn’t the real story at all. So when I finally did start to do research when I signed on to do the film years ago, I realized she came from a very well-respected yet very fiery family, the Stuarts, who had been ruling for hundreds of years. It was very exciting to know that there was another side to the story that hadn’t been told.

Margot Robbie: I knew very little. I had an image of Elizabeth in my mind, the way we see her at the end of this film with the white face and the red lips and elaborate dresses. That tableau existed in my mind but I had very little context for it, so I really was starting at the beginning, and Josie was incredible at helping me put together a timeline, and gave me a catch-up of the history up until that point. It was fascinating because I just thought about the time period in a very different way. I’d assumed Elizabeth must have had a very easy life as a monarch, and quickly discovered that being a monarch actually meant your life was constantly in danger. And I think for Elizabeth that knowledge was deep-seated, and grew into paranoia over the years. You get to see that in the film as she does play her hand very cautiously. She is constantly calculating and mitigating the risks.

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Following her long list of Magazine covers and editorials in January, Margot will be the cover girl of ELLE Magazine‘s February issue! We now have the first parts of her interview, her cover + photoshoot outtakes, and they are GORGEOUS. This is one of my new favorite Margot photoshoots, and we’re very lucky to have them in beautiful high quality already. You can read her interview below, and I’ve posted the links to the gallery albums at the bottom of the post. Enjoy this stunning new additions, and keep checking back for more. We’ll hopefully have more outtakes from this photoshoot soon.

Elle | Margot Robbie is, yes, a knockout. But like the women she’s portrayed in her decade-long career—a trophy wife on a mission in The Wolf of Wall Street; a balls-to-the-wall war reporter in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot; the feisty, feminist Jane in The Legend of Tarzan; and, of course, Suicide Squad’s lovable lunatic criminal, Harley Quinn—the Aussie stunner is so much more than an ingenue. Below, find a preview of Robbie’s February cover interview with her I, Tonya co-star, Allison Janney, where she discusses her future as a director, the highlight of her career and what it was like playing Tonya Harding:

On fear of playing a real-life character: “…playing Tonya [Harding], who’s very much alive and is widely documented, can be more intimidating.”

On directing: “I still love acting. But I’ve spent the last 10 years on a film set, and I realized that if I am pouring my heart and soul into a film, I want to be one of those voices in the conversation making decisions.”

On the first highlight of her career: “When I got to New York for the first time, I took my first paycheck, walked straight into Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue, and bought an airplane charm that goes on my bracelet. It was the best feeling ever. I got my little blue box, and I got it for myself.”

On which skill she wants to master: “I recently bought fire-twirling poles, because I really want to get good at it. When I was backpacking in the Philippines, there were heaps of fire twirlers on the beach, and it was so cool. I was like, Wow, I really want to do that!”

Hair by Renato Campora at the Wall Group; makeup by Pati Dubroff at Forward Artists; manicure by Alexandra Jachno; set design by Bryan Porter for Owl and the Elephant; produced by Nathalie Akiya at Kranky Produktions; fashion assistants: Yashua Simmons and Mark-Paul Barro

This article originally appears in the February 2018 issue of ELLE.

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Margot and Tonya Harding recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to have a candid conversation about ‘I, Tonya’ and Tonya’s tumultuous life. Below you can read a transcript from the interview, and watch the full video clip! The duo was on the cover of today’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter, and we have a beautiful scan + photoshoot outtakes over in our gallery.

Figure skating’s most notorious character shares memories of the scandal that ended her career with the star who plays her — and reveals she’s back in training.
Margot Robbie waited until filming was just about to begin before she and director Craig Gillespie took a trip to Portland to have lunch with the woman she was about to play. Their second meeting came nearly a year later, when Tonya Harding joined Robbie on the red carpet for I, Tonya’s Hollywood premiere. The following day, on Dec. 6, Robbie sat down with Harding, 47, for a wide-ranging conversation about the disgraced Olympian’s life now with her current husband, Joe, a heating and air conditioning specialist, and their 6-year-old son, Gordon, as well as the highs and lows of her days on the ice.

While Robbie switched between roles as interviewer and interviewee, Harding spoke candidly about her fraught relationships with both her ex Jeff Gillooly, who spent six months in prison following the 1994 assault on Harding’s then-rival Nancy Kerrigan, and her mother, with whom she’s been estranged since the early 2000s. At one point in the hourlong discussion, during which the former competitor revealed that she was back in training (she’s set to skate in an exhibition at Rockefeller Center in late January), a teary Harding thanked Robbie for not only telling her story but also providing her with closure.

MARGOT ROBBIE When I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers reached out about the project, were you shocked? Hesitant?

TONYA HARDING I was grateful that he actually came to us first, but I wasn’t going to do it. I was like, “I don’t want to go through this again. I’ve been through enough, and I have my son now.” Michael Rosenberg, my manager, talked me into doing this possibly as closure. I was so nervous to watch it, but when I saw it, I wasn’t watching a movie about me. I was watching Margot, and then I went, “Oh my goodness. That’s about me.”

You two met for lunch before shooting. What were your first impressions?

ROBBIE I don’t know if you remember, but I was saying how [the skating part] is really hard, and you said, “Do you have your skates with you? We can go to this rink, I can train you.” Also, you asked how was I dealing with fame at a young age, which I thought was a very kind thing. I was like, “I can’t believe she’s worrying about me.”

HARDING When I saw her, I was like, “Oh my God, she’s so beautiful. Thank you, God!” (Laughs.) And I did not expect you to be so kind and forthcoming with me because I’ve had so much disrespect in my life. I don’t even wish for my worst enemy to have to go through anything that I went through.

Margot, what were you hoping to get out of that meeting?

ROBBIE The main thing about meeting her was to say, “I’m playing a character, not you. The character and real-life Tonya, in my mind, are totally different,” and I wanted her to know that so that I could feel I’d have more freedom on set to really go for it with this character.

Do you have a favorite line from the film?

HARDING Of course. The one that I can’t repeat.

ROBBIE Is it when I’m yelling at the judges?

HARDING Uh-huh.

ROBBIE I don’t mind repeating it. I say, “Suck my dick,” to the judges, and it’s actually one of the few things that you didn’t say in real life.

HARDING I wish I could have said “Suck my dick.”

How did it feel to see people from your life portrayed, be it your mom by Allison Janney or your ex-husband Jeff by Sebastian Stan?

HARDING The first time that I saw Sebastian yell in the movie, it took me completely back to when those times happened, and it happened so often. But Allison Janney, wow, she couldn’t have hit my mother on the head any better. And it was hilarious. The one thing my mother didn’t do was smoke on the ice.

ROBBIE Yeah, that was Steven’s favorite line in the script. Diane [Harding’s coach] saying, “You can’t smoke on the ice,” and her mom saying, “Well, I’ll smoke it quietly.”

ROBBIE One of the things I don’t think any of us realized was how hard the triple axel is.

HARDING I was the first American [woman to land one]. You guys don’t have this in the movie, but there was one judge [at the U.S. Championships in 1991] who gave me a [perfect] 6.0. It was 5.9s all the way across, but I got one 6.0, and it was the only reason why I won. They pulled all the judges into the back room, and that judge had to explain why he gave me first place over Kristi Yamaguchi, who fell and missed another jump, so right there it shows the [bias]. And I did it their way. I wore the pretty dress, and I did most of the music for them, and then I had my fun at the end.

ROBBIE I kept thinking to myself, it’s a shame that all of your athletic achievements were overshadowed by what happened in 1994.

HARDING Well, everything changed in 1991. [By 1992, Harding never landed a triple axel in competition again.] I found this out later, but when I separated from Jeff — I got all my things and my own place and by the end of October, my apartment had been broken into.

ROBBIE You’d been robbed?

HARDING Everything inside my apartment was shredded, there were knife holes in my couches and in my water bed. And the water bed was upstairs, so the whole basement was flooded.

ROBBIE Do you suspect it was Jeff?

HARDING Oh, it was Jeff.

ROBBIE That gives you a glimpse into what a tumultuous relationship it was. I found it emotionally traumatic to put myself in the mind-set of someone who’s in an abusive relationship.

HARDING It’s an everyday occurrence.

ROBBIE And you almost get used to it.

HARDING I was told I was fat, I was ugly, I would never amount to anything.

Tonya, what would you have wanted to be if skating wasn’t an option?

HARDING I wanted to be a jockey or a forest ranger.

ROBBIE What about now? Do you have a job?

HARDING I’m looking at it. You are my work. And I’m a mommy. [Per Harding’s spokesperson, Harding was paid a fee plus a percentage of the film profits for her life rights. She also has been doing landscaping and deck-building work.]

Do you still skate?

HARDING Every week. We have a rink about 50 minutes from my house. It makes me feel alive. If I wasn’t in pain most of the time while I’m skating, I’d be out there much longer. But I’m going to go back to doing my triples. I know once I land one, it will be like, “Oh yeah, that’s how it feels.”

ROBBIE What’s a typical day like now?

HARDING I get up at 7, and I get my son up at 7:30. He likes his cocoa or chocolate milk, and he loves pancakes, but I suck at pancakes.

ROBBIE No judgment here, I’m a terrible cook. And then you take him to school?

HARDING Yeah, or if it’s on one of the days I go to the rink, then Joe takes him to school. In the summertime, I’m always outside working in the yard. I love landscaping, working on cars, chopping firewood. I love to build things, too, and I’m still unpacking things that have been [stowed away] for years. I just got out my trophies and medals, and I have them hung up, but over half of them have been stolen or broken. Then my son gets out of school, and one of us gets him and we watch cartoons or play games like Minecraft or DinoCraft, and then it’s dinner and bed.

ROBBIE Do you still keep up with the sport? Will you watch the Olympics in February?

HARDING Every once in a while. I’ve got to find out who’s competing and if it’s truly worth watching or if it’s going to be the same old politics.

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Margot is kicking off the new year with a bang! As one of many celebrities featured in British Vogue’s new Hollywood Portfolio, our girl covers the magazine’s February issue. Margot poses together with Nicole Kidman for a stunning cover, and we have the first photos in our gallery! The portfolio is photographed by Juergen Teller and styled by Edward Enninful, and according to the magazine itself, “the portrait of the duo sets the tone for the 20-page Hollywood portfolio within the editor-in-chief’s third issue of #NewVogue. Entitled “Best Performances”, the shoot celebrates the stars whose Oscar-worthy roles embody cinema’s new mood and Hollywood’s reevaluation of itself.”

The same photoshoot is also featured in W Magazine’s Best Performances issue. Head over to our gallery to check out photos and scans from both the covers and the photoshoot! We hope to have more soon. Below you can watch the stars share their “firsts” with British Vogue; “from first loves to first auditions and their earliest memories of London, the stars of Vogue’s Hollywood portfolio, featuring Margot Robbie, Tom Hanks, Gal Gadot, Daniel Kaluuya, Diane Kruger, Hong Chau, Andrew Garfield, Salma Hayek, Mary J. Blige, Michelle Williams, Robert Pattinson, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet share their “firsts”.”

Vogue | MARGOT ROBBIE and Nicole Kidman are the cover stars of the February 2018 issue of British Vogue.

Photographed by Juergen Teller and styled by Edward Enninful, the portrait of the duo sets the tone for the 20-page Hollywood portfolio created in collaboration with W magazine. Entitled “Best Performances”, the shoot celebrates the stars whose Oscar-worthy roles embody cinema’s new mood and Hollywood’s reevaluation of itself.

“When I first decided that Vogue should put together a star-filled portfolio featuring the biggest names in current cinema to mark the exceptional 2017/18 awards season,” Enninful said, “who knew Hollywood would soon be top of the global news agenda?

“It was clear to me that the mood needed to change. That it was time for honesty. Enter photographer Juergen Teller, my long-time collaborator and the world’s most gifted documenter of celebrity at its most intimate and off-duty. Over four days in Los Angeles, it was great to spend time with him and some of today’s amazing talents as they look to reshape how Hollywood does business in a post-Weinstein world, including cover stars Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman – two of the most straight-talking professionals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”

Of her ascendant career, Robbie told interviewer Lynn Hirschberg: “My family has no connection to the entertainment industry whatsoever, so when I started acting, everyone was like, ‘That’s fun, but when are you going to actually get a real job?’ And that went on for years. They’re impressed for five seconds, and then they’re, ‘So anyway, the dog threw up today.’”

Kidman, meanwhile, spoke of the openings in Hollywood: “I still feel like I’m the kid at drama school hoping to get a role. I always feel like I’m so fortunate and lucky to have the job. Part of my job now is to give back and help create opportunities for the next generation – particularly with female directors, because it is so imbalanced.”

Enninful added of the experience: “Working on the annual Hollywood Best Performances shoot with the incredible writer Lynn Hirschberg is one of the highlights of my year. Lynn’s unparalleled knowledge of Hollywood and her uncanny ability to spot the next big thing is what makes her the best in the industry.”

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During her recent promotion tour, Margot was interviewed by ET Canada about ‘I, Tonya’, being friends with Saoirse Ronan and her production company! Check out their video below. I’ll add screen captures as soon as possible.

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Margot is the cover star of this week’s Time Out New York! The magazine just released a video clip titled “Face Off with Margot Robbie”, as well as three stunning outtakes from her photoshoot. She looks so beautiful! Check out the clip below, and read on for an interview she did with the magazine about “I, Tonya”. I have also added screen captures from the video to our gallery! We’ll hopefully soon have magazine scans, stay tuned for more updates.

Stamina, flair, toughness: Anyone who tells you acting isn’t a lot like playing sports hasn’t spent much time doing either. Ever since holding her own against a manic Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, Margot Robbie could never be confused for anything less than a fearless competitor. But her latest performance seriously ups the ante: As the disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding—forever tarnished by her association with the 1994 off-ice attack on Nancy Kerrigan—the 27-year-old actor pulls off one of the most daring feats of empathy of the year. Directed by Craig Gillespie and coproduced by Robbie herself, I, Tonya is a supercharged Scorsesian rise-and-fall sports movie: trashy, funny, devastating and anchored by a star turn that will be talked about long beyond awards season. Born in Australia before living in Brooklyn, London and most recently Los Angeles, Robbie calls herself a gypsy; “home” is a free-floating concept for her. During a relatively quiet moment before the Oscar whirlwind, we connected with Robbie to talk about lacing up for 17-hour shooting days, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the enigma at the heart of her latest triumph.

Do you miss living in New York?
Oh, my God, are you kidding me? I miss New York all the time. I was in South Williamsburg just before it really blew up, and then I lived in Bed-Stuy for a little bit as well. It was amazing. I think Williamsburg is a little too busy for me now. But six, seven years ago, it was incredible. I miss everything: the restaurants, Brooklyn Bowl, Nitehawk Cinema—I used to go there all the time.

But you’re still a huge New York Rangers fan?
Definitely. I think I’ll always be a Rangers fan.

You played ice hockey growing up, right?
Not growing up, but I played it when I first moved to America [in 2011]. I’m from a coastal town in Australia, so ice sports weren’t really a thing. But The Mighty Ducks was, so I wanted to join a league. I loved it.

What position did you play?
Right wing, but don’t be fooled—I am not any good at it.

Still, the skating must have helped you nail all those triple axels in I, Tonya.
[Sarcastically] Yeah, I can totally do a triple axel. We all underestimated how incredibly difficult that was. When we started planning that scene, we thought, Oh, we’ll just get a stunt double to come in. And our skate choreographer was like, “No one can do a triple axel—you know that, right?” There were only two women in America who could do them, and they’re both Asian, so neither could double for me. We ended up having to CGI it.

I’m crushed. Meanwhile, I love how the movie stresses Harding’s real talents, along with her scrappiness.
She wasn’t one to play by the rules—she was a little rough around the edges—and without that sort of rule-breaking mentality, she wouldn’t have been able to pull off such an amazing sporting achievement: the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel in a competition. The more we got to understand the ice-skating world, the more we appreciated that.

There’s also a subtle class warfare going on here with the other girls and against snobby judges who were shocked by skating routines set to ZZ Top’s “Sleeping Bag.”
She had incredible discipline and drive to make it to where she was, despite her class and her circumstances. Figure skating’s a really expensive sport. Still, she excelled. Tonya’s not necessarily the image they wanted to have. But I think that’s what I like about the film most.

All we mainly remember about Harding is the “incident.” How does one play that mentality? The film is oblique on her culpability.
I think what I was focusing on, overall, was the idea that she was craving love and constantly searching for validation, whether that was from Jeff [Gillooly, Harding’s then husband] or her mom or the public. (Read full interview at source)

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Every year, Variety Studio holds a string of Actors on Actors interviews, to take you inside the biggest films of the year through candid conversations with some of today’s most acclaimed actors. This year, Margot is included! She’s doing and interview with Jake Gyllenhaal, and we now have the full video from their interview. They filmed it on November 11 (photos are in our gallery – find a link below), but their episode will air on January 2, at 7 PM! In addition to the new clips, our gallery has been updated with a beautiful portrait of the duo, as well as a scan from Variety.

Gallery Album Links:
Appearances 2017 > November 11 – Variety Actors on Actors Awards 2017, Day 1
Magazine Scans > 2017 Magazines > Variety Magazine (November)
Photoshoots 2017 > Session #022 – Variety (Actors on Actors)

Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Stronger”) sat down for a chat for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” presented by Google Home, which airs Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE.

Margot Robbie: You’ve been in the business a lot longer than I have. Your first job was when you were 11?

Jake Gyllenhaal: Eleven.

Robbie: Was there a conscious choice to become an actor? If no one in your family was in the business, do you think you would have found your way into the business anyway? Or do you ever wonder what you’d be doing if you weren’t doing this?

Gyllenhaal: Absolutely. You ask those questions at different times. But I think that it’s this crazy blessing that is really a lot about luck, and that makes me feel very grateful. But being around this business my whole life, I think there are a lot of aspects that feel like family. I think we all come to this space one way or another to find different families. It’s interesting in thinking about these two characters [Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman]: They were both kind of thrust into the spotlight in a particular way — for your character, because of her choice and then also because of the event that happened.

Robbie: Something [Tonya] asked me about when we met, she said, “How are you dealing with fame and being famous?” And actually, it was very kind of her to ask. Because to be honest, her situation was horrible, and it happened to her so young, and I think what made the biggest difference in the world was she didn’t have a support network around her. And I do, and I’m so lucky. I didn’t start working professionally until I finished high school. I had a very clear bookend from my childhood to my adulthood — from my life outside of the film business and my life inside.

Gyllenhaal: You have always been very clear about that. Separating those two.

Robbie: It’s bittersweet living outside of Australia, because I miss everyone so much, but the fact that they are so removed from it helps me keep my life and my work separate — even though they are intrinsically linked, because all I want to do is work all the time. But becoming famous at [Tonya’s] age without a support network around her, and without a clear distinction, I think would have been incredibly difficult.

Gyllenhaal: I think that’s true. I learned from Jeff that he didn’t ask for those things — he didn’t ask for the attention and to become that thing, but he has slowly evolved into being able to hold that idea for people.

Robbie: I was in tears in the moment when he’s at the Red Sox game and you can just see that he suddenly realizes the responsibility he has and the positive impact he can have on the people around him by just listening to their story and shaking their hand. And I was bawling by that part.

Gyllenhaal: Thank you. That’s really sweet of you to say. I think that movies can bring joy. And that’s what I feel Jeff showed me, is his spirit, when you get touched by him, or you’re around him, or you know if he were here, you’d feel so happy to be alive. Also he has such a great sense of humor and makes all my petty crap seem like petty crap. I think he always just puts it in perspective for me.

Robbie: I feel like there are similarities in what we went through and that we were both playing real-life people in a situation that didn’t happen that long ago. And there’s obviously the added responsibility when you play a real-life person who’s still alive. How was it playing Jeff, and playing a real-life person, and just that story in general?

Gyllenhaal: It was a huge responsibility. I felt a pressure beyond a pressure I’ve ever felt in terms of playing a character because you’re, like you said, you know you want to do the situation the service that it deserves. You spent time with Tonya?

Robbie: Not the way I think you might have [with Jeff]. I actually wanted to keep a bit of distance. I knew that if I met her and liked her, I would never play this character properly. I would be sugarcoating her flaws; I’d be trying to justify the bad things that she may do or say in a situation. And I didn’t want to do that. So there was the character of Tonya, and then there was the person [whose story] I’m telling, and there’s the responsibility to do their story justice. It’s a weird thing to try and make something entertaining. And entertaining doesn’t always mean funny or happy.

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