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The Oscar-nominated actress also opens up about how she got into the mind-set of Tonya Harding.

Robbie already was becoming known — for her breakout role in The Wolf of Wall Street and for playing the demented villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad — but the Australian actress, 27, proved her range by portraying infamous figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. Robbie earned her first Oscar nomination for playing the ice champ from ages 15 through 40 in the dark comedy, which attempts to explain how an athlete with such raw talent could land at the center of the sport’s biggest scandal. Robbie spoke to THR about her favorite memories from the shoot and the awards-season circuit.

What was it like to hear you’d been nominated?

I was at home in Australia for the I, Tonya premiere, and it was 1 in the morning when the nominations started coming through. We were already out at the after-party, so I was literally with all my friends and my family, and we were already having some champagne, and then we obviously kept celebrating. It was perfect.

Have you had any unexpected interactions during awards season?

You start meeting people that you just, like, you had no idea they even knew who you were. I had quite a surreal moment where I watched Thelma & Louise the night before the SAG Awards, and then the first two people I ran into were Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. That was so bizarre.

How was it to spend time with Tonya at the Golden Globes?

It was really fun, especially because the Globes are a very fun night anyway. I think she had a great time meeting people and meeting people that she either did know who they were or had absolutely no idea who they were but they still happened to be very famous. It was very funny. And people seemed to be incredibly starstruck to see her in return.

The Oscar-nominated actress also opens up about how she got into the mind-set of Tonya Harding.

Robbie already was becoming known — for her breakout role in The Wolf of Wall Street and for playing the demented villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad — but the Australian actress, 27, proved her range by portraying infamous figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. Robbie earned her first Oscar nomination for playing the ice champ from ages 15 through 40 in the dark comedy, which attempts to explain how an athlete with such raw talent could land at the center of the sport’s biggest scandal. Robbie spoke to THR about her favorite memories from the shoot and the awards-season circuit.

What was it like to hear you’d been nominated?

I was at home in Australia for the I, Tonya premiere, and it was 1 in the morning when the nominations started coming through. We were already out at the after-party, so I was literally with all my friends and my family, and we were already having some champagne, and then we obviously kept celebrating. It was perfect.

Have you had any unexpected interactions during awards season?

You start meeting people that you just, like, you had no idea they even knew who you were. I had quite a surreal moment where I watched Thelma & Louise the night before the SAG Awards, and then the first two people I ran into were Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. That was so bizarre.

How was it to spend time with Tonya at the Golden Globes?

It was really fun, especially because the Globes are a very fun night anyway. I think she had a great time meeting people and meeting people that she either did know who they were or had absolutely no idea who they were but they still happened to be very famous. It was very funny. And people seemed to be incredibly starstruck to see her in return.

Did you keep anything from the shoot?

I kept my ice skates because I spent months breaking them in. And I kept a big bag of [hair] scrunchies — I love scrunchies now.

What other films did you love?

I loved Shape of Water so much. And I loved Three Billboards, and I loved Lady Bird. There are so many good ones this year.

Labels: "I Tonya", Interviews, Movie Productions, News & Updates

Margot attended the 2018 EE British Academy Film Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 18.. She was nominated for Best Leading Actress for her I, Tonya role.

Margot looked stunning in a Givenchy Spring 2018 Collection gown, black like every other guests who wore it in support of the Time’s Up movement and her Roger Vivier Boîte de Nuit Satin evening clutch bag  (thanks to DressLikeMargot for the infos!).

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Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > February 18 │EE British Academy Film Awards Gala Dinner

Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > February 18 │EE British Academy Film Awards – Arrivals

Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > February 18 │EE British Academy Film Awards – Show

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After the EE British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party, Margot attended the Charles Finch & CHANEL Pre-Bafta party at Mark’s Club Mayfair in London. She was looking gorgeous in a Chanel Spring 2018 collection dress with Gianvito Rossi Portfino 105 gold sandals (thanks to DressLikeMargot for the infos!).

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Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > February 17 │ 2018 Charles Finch & CHANEL Pre-Bafta party at Mark’s Club Mayfair in London

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Margot Robbie attended the EE British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party held at Kensington Palace in London, England. She was looking gorgeous in a Chanel Spring 2018 collection dress with Gianvito Rossi Portfino 105 gold sandals (thanks to DressLikeMargot for the infos!).

Gallery Links:

Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > February 17 │ EE British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party

Photoshoots & Portraits > Photoshoots in 2018 > #008 Bafta Nominees Party Portraits

Candids > Candids in 2018 > Feb 17 │Exiting the Pre BAFTA party at Mark’s club in London

Labels: Gallery, Photoshoots & Portraits, Public Appearances

Continuing her engagements in London to promote “I, Tonya“, Margot visited the BBC radio on February 16. If I find some video of the interview, this post will be updated.

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Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > February 16 │ BBC Radio

Labels: "I Tonya", Gallery, Interviews, Public Appearances

On February 16, Margot attended the ‘I, Tonya‘ press conference held in London. She was there with Allison Janney, the director Craig Gillespie and the screenwriter Steven Rogers.

Gallery Links:

Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > February 16 │ ‘I, Tonya’ Press Conference in London

Labels: "I Tonya", Interviews, Public Appearances, Videos

On February 16, Margot was guest at the famous UK talk show ‘The Graham Norton Show’, together with her I, Tonya co-star Allison JanneyAlicia Vikander, Daniel Kalluya and Camilla Cabello.

Below you can watch videos from the episode, and in the gallery you will find some photos taken during the show.

She was wearing a jacket and skirt by Chanel Pre-Fall 2018 Collection.


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Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > February 15 │The Graham Norton Show

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PEOPLE – Margot Robbie has had a lot of memorable moments in the past twelve months, due in large part to her involvement in I, Tonya, the dark comedy she produced and starred in about disgraced former figure skating champ, Tonya Harding.

Through her work on the film, for which she received her first-ever Oscar nomination, Robbie has become friendly with Harding and throughout the film’s run has shared in several very happy moments with the former figure skater. According to Robbie, the most memorable of them all was a chance meeting she saw between Harding and cult movie icon Tommy Wiseau.

“The craziest thing I’ve witnessed was watching Tonya Harding meeting Tommy Wiseau from The Room,” Robbie tells PEOPLE. “Seeing that collision of worlds was like mind boggling, I was like ‘Oh wow, only in Hollywood.’”

Although the actress has now attended multiple awards shows, the one thing she is still trying to master is having the perfect expression ready for when TV cameras pan to her during live broadcasts.

“It’s so awkward when the camera pans to you during an awards show,” she says. “You’re trying to have the appropriate level of excitement on your face without looking manic on screen. What’s going through my head at the time? I’m probably just wondering when the next meal is going to be served, if they’re going to serve food, most of the time they don’t.”

For more on Robbie and the other Oscar nominees check out PEOPLE’s Oscar portfolio photographed by Luis Sanchis in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday.

Gallery Links:

Magazine Scans > 2018 > People Magazine

Photoshoots & Portraits > Photoshoots in 2018 > #007 People Magazine

Labels: Interviews, Photoshoots & Portraits

HARPER’S BAZAAR AUSTRALIA – You couldn’t imagine two more opposite characters than Margot Robbie and Tonya Harding.

However the BAZAAR Australia March cover star was so convincing as the bad girl of ice skating that she hasn’t just floored critics and fans, she’s now also up for an Oscar.

No mean feat for an actress and producer who took on the project that had a small budget and an even smaller production schedule.

But I, Tonya is the little passion project that could for Robbie.

“As a producer I’m looking for amazing female roles,” she tells BAZAAR. “People in Hollywood are now making a conscious effort to provide female characters and female-driver content. But the next step is having female voices telling those stories, through female directors and writers.”

For her part as the leading lady and to morph into the first American woman to land a triple axel jump in competition, Robbie spent hours on the ice with choreographer Sarah Kawahara, who has, coincidentally, previously worked with Harding’s nemesis, Nancy Kerrigan. Despite also spending hours in the gym, Robbie was unable to push her petite frame to resemble Harding’s athletic form.

She also ages 29 years over the course of the film.

“We didn’t have a ton of money or time, so going down the prosthesis route daily to make my face shape and hairline resemble hers wasn’t an option,” she says. “So we altered our mindsets. We needed to embody her spirit.”

For Robbie that involved even more hours of training and studying with a movement coach and learning the Alexander Technique and the Animal Exercise, which focused on posture.

“Rolled shoulders, jutted jaw, heavy feet; Tonya was someone always on the defensive, but also searching for validation and affection, and she cared what people thought. Even though she pretended she didn’t,” Robbie says.

The photoshoot and outtakes  have been added to the gallery! More to come together with the scans as soon as possible!

Gallery Links:

Magazine Scans > 2018 > Harper’s Bazaar Australia

Photoshoots & Portraits > Photoshoots in 2018 > #003 Harper’s Bazaar Australia

Labels: Gallery, Interviews, Magazine Scans, News & Updates, Photoshoots & Portraits

On February 15, Margot attended the “I, Tonya” premiere held at The Curzon Mayfair in London, England.

She looked amazing wearing a custom Louis Vuitton sequin gown.

Gallery Links:

Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > February 15 │ ‘I, Tonya’ London Premiere

Candids > Candids in 2018 > Feb 15 │ Arriving for the ‘I, Tonya’ premiere in London, UK

Labels: "I Tonya", Public Appearances