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The 5 Films That Made Margot Robbie a Star

Australian actress, Margot Robbie, is one of the most popular and adored actresses in Hollywood and a role model for women. She's starred in everything, from critically acclaimed dramas to blockbuster comedies. Her performances have earned her nods from a host of prestigious award ceremonies, including two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress in I, Tonya and Best Supporting Actress in Bombshell.

5 Margot Robbie Movies

Proving herself to be a versatile actress, Robbie's portrayed a wide array of characters over the last decade. Now that the famed talent is headlining the global phenomenon that is the Barbie movie, directed by Greta Gerwig, it seems like the perfect time for a retrospective of her film career, revisiting the performances and films that made her a star.

Naomi Lapaglia in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Margot Robbie's performance in The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the most talked-about aspects of Martin Scorsese's film about the excesses of greed. She plays Naomi Lapaglia, the second wife of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) in a breakout role that set her career in motion. Naomi's a beautiful, ambitious and intelligent woman who's drawn to Jordan's charisma and wealth without losing sight of his ever-present dangers.

Robbie brought a vulnerability and strength to the role that helped to make it one of the most memorable in the film. She's able to convey Naomi's initial attraction to Jordan, as well as her growing fear and disgust as she realizes what he's truly capable of in a mesmerizing and heartbreaking performance.

Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016)

Robbie's funny yet dangerous lynchpin performance as Harley Quinn was a major part of the success of Suicide Squad. Robbie brought a charisma, manic energy and sense of humor to the scene-stealing role that made Harley Quinn truly memorable. The film was a box office hit, grossing over $746 million worldwide.

Having inspired a wave of cosplay and invigorated an iconic villain's pop culture dynasty. Harley Quinn's popularity led to her getting her own spin-off film, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which was released in 2020. The feat was to be repeated with the remake of Suicide Squad in 2021.

Tonya Harding in I, Tonya (2017)

Robbie won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Tonya Harding, the disgraced figure skater who was involved in an attack on Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Robbie's performance was both physically and emotionally demanding, but brought a rawness and authenticity to the role that made it gritty and unforgettable.

Robbie had to learn how to skate for the film, and she also had to portray Tonya's complex personality - a mix of vulnerability, strength, and anger. Robbie captures all of these aspects of Tonya's character with enough empathy to draw sympathy for the tragic figure skater. A darky comic biopic told from Tonya's perspective, I, Tonya makes us understand her motivations even when we don't agree with her actions.

Kayla Pospisil in Bombshell (2019)

Margot Robbie plays Kayla Pospisil, a fictional Fox News producer who is one of the first women to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Roger Ailes. Starring alongisde Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, Robbie brings a vulnerability and strength to the role of Kayla that makes her one of the most complex and sympathetic characters in the Bombshell.

She's able to convey Kayla's initial fear and uncertainty as she comes to terms with what happened to her, as well as her growing anger and determination to fight back. Heartbreaking and inspiring, Robbie's critically-acclaimed performance is one of the reasons why Bombshell is such a powerful film.

Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

Robbie gave a haunting and sympathetic performance as Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. Robbie's vulnerable and innocent performance helped make Quentin Tarantino's unconventional Hollywood tale one of the most acclaimed films of the year. She had to learn how to act like a 1960s actress at a time before the Manson Family murders.

She also had to portray Tate's complex personality - a mix of vulnerability, strength and hope without losing sight of her dreams - even though she knew Tate's life was cut short. A love letter to Hollywood, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood's also a film about the dangers of fame and the fragility of life.

It's clear that Margot Robbie is an immensely talented and in-demand actor, but she's also a successful producer, having produced several films including: I, Tonya and Bombshell. She's also the founder of LuckyChap Entertainment, a production company that is committed to telling female-driven stories.