Margot Robbie said that seeing her performance in “I, Tonya” (2017) made her realize she was a “good actress” and gave her the confidence to approach director Quentin Tarantino for a role.
Robbie made the remarks while appearing at a career retrospective hosted by BAFTA in London on Tuesday. She discussed her roles in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), and “Bombshell” (2021), as well as the biopic Skating that earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
“I, Tonya was the first time I’d ever seen a movie and I thought I was a good actor,” Robbie told Deadline. And I thought, ‘Okay, I’m ready to hook up with Idols. ‘ That’s when I wrote the letter to Quentin.”
Variety reports Robbie said working with the “Pulp Fiction” director was a “bucket list” for her, but even then, “it just didn’t feel good enough yet.”
Robbie previously shared a cover story for Vogue that she did, in fact, write the director a fan letter after seeing the first part of “I, Tonya.”
While promoting Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019), she said: “I wrote it and said, I adore your movies, and I’d love to work with you in some capacity. Or in any capacity.” Tarantino’s movie, which I eventually got to star in.
According to the publication, Tarantino received Robbie’s letter shortly after he finished the screenplay for the film, and he had already recommended her to be cast as Sharon Tate in his film, a semi-final take on the 1969 Manson murders.
Robbie also addressed the criticisms the film received upon its release for minimal screen time and too few lines. Many viewers felt it was disrespectful, given that Robbie portrayed one of the film’s few real-life characters.
“It didn’t bother me,” she said. “I watched it and thought we had crossed what we wanted to cross.”
Tarantino defended his decision during the film’s press tour, telling IndieWire, “It’s not her story, it’s Rick’s story. It’s not even Cliff’s story. And Tate is an angelic presence throughout the movie. She’s an angelic ghost on Earth. In a sense, she’s not in the movie.” It’s in our hearts.”