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“The situation isn’t black and white”: Margot Robbie Claims She Didn’t Understand Sexual Harassment Before ‘Bombshell’ as Actress Comes Under Fire for Working With Abusive Director David O. Russell

Margot Robbie is one of the most talented actresses in the industry who is recognized for her roles in both blockbusters and independent films. The Queensland-born actress began her acting career through television series and got recognition with her breakthrough role in 2013’s black comedy film The Wolf of Wall Street. She went on to deliver great roles in the movies like I, Tonya (2017), Mary Queen of Scots (2018), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), and Suicide Squad, among others.

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Margot Robbie in The Wolf of the Wall Street

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The actress in a recent interview opened up about her career and experience in the film industry and shared how why she took up the role in the 2019 drama film, Bombshell.

Margot Robbie Was Horrified Over How Little She Knew About Sexual Harassment

Margot Robbie in the Bombshell
Margot Robbie in the Bombshell

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The 32-year-old actress, Margot Robbie during a BAFTA Life in Pictures talk opened up about her career and gave insight into her Bombshell movie character.

Discussing her character Kayla Pospisil in Bombshell, which was based on the accounts of the women working at Fox News who expose CEO Roger Ailes for alleged sexual harassment.

Along with the actress, the drama film starred Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, who played the roles of Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson in the film.

The actress shared having little knowledge of that topic which is why she took the role to have better knowledge about that. “I realized that I — as a person with an established position in the industry, financially set up and self-sufficient — I didn’t know the definition of sexual harassment, and that’s shocking.” 

She added that she was “horrified” regarding her understanding of the topic of sexual harassment before doing the film. That movie taught her that sexual harassment “flourishes in the grey area.”  She added, “Roger Ailes or Harvey Weinstein, they take advantage of the area.”

“The situation isn’t black and white,” the actress said in the BAFTA Life in Pictures talk.

Margot Robbie Was Slammed for Working With David O. Russell

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Margot Robbie in Amsterdam

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The actress who was praised for her portrayal in Bombshell was under fire when she became a part of Amsterdam, directed by David O. Russell.

The mystery comedy film is based on three friends –two soldiers played by Christian Bale and John David Washington, and a nurse portrayed by Margot Robbie, who become the prime suspects in a murder in the 1930s. The director has a long history of abuse allegations which is the very reason the actress was targeted by fans for working with him.

The director has been guilty of ‘feeling up’ his transgender niece. Not just he accepted the fact that he groped her but also blamed her for “acting very provocative toward him.”

He was also involved in a physical altercation with actor George Clooney as the latter shared his experience working with the director on 1999’s Three Kings as “the worst experience of [his] life.” 

The movie was released last month becoming a box office bomb, with estimated losses of up to $97 million.

Source: Variety

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Priya Sharma
Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is an entertainment niche content writer at Animated Times. A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lucknow, she holds experience in event management too. She has a healthy(?) obsession with the Hallyu culture and is also exploring anime as well. When not working, she indulges herself in binge-watching K-dramas, playing Ukulele, and trying to seek the attention of her cute buddy, Shiro.

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