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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.

Labels: Gallery, Interviews, News & Articles, Videos

In the latest behind-the-scenes clip teasing next year’s Peter Rabbit, its stars, including James Corden, Margot Robbie and Daisy Ridley, reveal their excitement over bringing the famous Beatrix Potter creations to the big screen. “The character of Peter Rabbit is just in the fabric of growing up in the United Kingdom”, Corden says. “He’s such a loveable character, which owes everything to the genius of Beatrix Potter.”

“The film had the blessing of the Peter Rabbit groups,” he assures. “They saw that it was true to the character and the world that Beatrix built.” Hitting cinemas early next year, the film appears poised to bring to cinemas the same adorable heroics that have captivated readers for generations.

In a film that seamlessly blends animation and live-action, Peter is brought to life through the enthusiastic tones of James Corden, as the rabbit takes his ongoing feud with Mr. McGregor (played by Domhnall Gleeson) to greater heights than ever before.

Mr. McGregor, while continuing to watch over his vegetable patch, finds his anti-animal stance questioned when he sparks up a romance with Bea (Rose Byrne), who happens to love the animals Mr. McGregor often rallies against. Corden is surrounded by an all-star cast of voiceover actors, including Robbie as Flopsy, Ridley as Cotton-tail and Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy. Sam Neill plays Mr. McGregor’s father, while pop star Sia, last heard in My Little Pony: The Movie, is also involved.

“The stories are so timeless, it’s nice to escape to that,” Robbie adds during the featurette. “[The film] is so funny, but at the core it’s about being there for the people that you love.”

Peter Rabbit is released on March 16, 2018. (Telegraph)

Labels: News & Articles, Peter Rabbit, Videos

Hello Margot fans! Just dropping by to you let you all know that Focus features have set a release date for Margot’s upcoming film “Mary, Queen of Scots”, where she plays opposite Saoirse Ronan. The limited release date is set for November 2, 2018 – read on for more information.

The biography drama MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS will have a November 2 2018 limited release. From artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse comes the story of Mary Stuart. The film is based on John Guy’s novel My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots which was adapted by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March, House of Cards)

The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the charismatic Mary Stuart, who became Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18. Instead of remarrying, Mary returns to her native home of Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Determined to be more than a figurehead, Marry asserts her claim to the throne against Elizabeth I. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies arise as they change the course of history.

Also starring is Guy Pearce, David Tennant, and Jack Lowden while Tim Bevan, Eric Felner and Debra Hayward produce. (Source)

Labels: Mary Queen of Scots, News & Articles, Press

We finally have an official confirmation – ‘I, Tonya’ gets a 2017 release date, qualifying it for the next year’s awards race! The film will open in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 8, with a platform rollout that will continue into January. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news a couple of minutes ago, and you can read it in full below. I have also replaced one of the portraits Margot did for them during the Toronto Film Festival with a high quality version – check it out here.

The Hollywood Reporter – The upstart distributor Neon will open the film in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 8, with a platform rollout continuing into January. I, Tonya, Craig Gillespie’s hilarious and devastating Tonya Harding biopic, is officially joining the race to the 90th Oscars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The film, which stars Margot Robbie (who also is one of its producers), had its world premiere on Sept. 8 at the Toronto International Film Festival, where, three days later, it became the fest’s highest-profile acquisition, selling to Tom Quinn and Tim League’s Neon for $5 million (over an even larger bid by Netflix).

After catching I, Tonya in Toronto, I wrote: “In the hands of a competent distributor, Robbie could well land a best actress nomination — she wouldn’t be the first beautiful actress to ‘de-glam’ and/or produce her own project and get recognized for doing so (see: Charlize Theron and 2003’s Monster). As for [Allison] Janney, she seems to me like a slam-dunk for a best supporting actress nom [for her portrayal of Harding’s mother] — which would be her first-ever Academy recognition, and hugely deserved.”

Labels: Gallery, I Tonya, News & Articles, Photoshoots

With Margot currently promoting ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin‘ and ‘I, Tonya‘, it can be easy to forget just how busy she has been the past few years, and the fact a trailer has been released for another movie shows it!

Although we don’t hear Margot in this specific trailer, we do know that she is playing the character of ‘Flopsy.‘ As fans of the literature classic will know, ‘Flopsy’ is one third of a set of triplets, the other two sisters called ‘Mopsy‘ and ‘Cottontail‘. These two characters are voiced by Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley, respectively.

It’s also fun to know that, for the third time, Margot will be appearing in a movie with Domhnall Gleeson!

The synopsis details:

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. | Source

Labels: News & Articles, Peter Rabbit

From one festival to another! Having presented ‘I, Tonya‘ at the Toronto International Film Festival, Margot will soon be headed to the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The festival, which celebrates independent movies and documentaries, shall take place during the period of 5th October – 9th October 2017 in The Hamptons, New York.

I, Tonya‘ shall be played during the closing night (9th October), with showings at 7.00pm and 7.30pm. To book tickets, you can do so at the movie’s page on the HIFF website, however they are not officially on sale as of now. The synopsis of the movie reads as follows:

For many, the revelations following the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in the lead-up to the 1994 Winter Olympics cemented the legacy of Tonya Harding as one of the most iconic villains in sports history. Craig Gillespie’s at turns hilarious and tragic look at the life of Harding (astonishingly realized by Margot Robbie) flips the script on this sensational narrative—following her from the tumultuous relationship with her abusive mother (Allison Janney) to the absurd moments that led to that fateful night in Cobo Arena. Fueled by a razor-sharp script that doesn’t let anyone in Harding’s orbit out of its sights, I, TONYA is an outrageous and surprising look at the players behind the notorious scandal.

In other news related to HIFF and another of Margot’s upcoming movies, it was announced that ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin‘ was selected as a ‘Friday Centerpiece film in Southampton’ as the North American premiere of the movie on the 6th October.

Labels: Goodbye Christopher Robin, I Tonya, News & Articles

Hello Margot Fans! One of the things Margot has been asked about a lot during the weekend at this year’s Toronto film festival, is when she’ll reprise her role as Harley Quinn. There’s been a lot of speculation about this, and we know many are wondering what project she’ll do next – so here’s the little we know so far:

Margot has reveled that the role she’ll go into next is most likely the one of Harley Quinn, but she is as clueless as the fans as to which film is up first. She’s expected to appear in three upcoming DCEU films: Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens and a film starring Harley and the joker. There’s been a lot of confusion around all of these projects, with rumors and speculations about which actors are returning in the future films, which films are up next and exactly how many projects featuring Harley Quinn that are actually in development.

When she spoke to The Wrap during the festival, Margot said “I think next year I’ll be back in the fishnets wielding a baseball bat”. When pushed to reveal which movie will be up first, she replied “Your guess is as good as mine”. This could definitely be a planned coy, but at the moment it seems like she legitimately has no idea where she’ll show up next. Whichever film it is, we’re sure Margot will once again do Harley Quinn justice: and we’ll keep you updated, hopefully more information will be available soon.

Labels: Gotham City Sirens, News & Articles, Suicide Squad