Margot Robbie: ‘There’s No Way I Was Going to Play the Damsel in Distress’ 

The 25-year-old stunner talks about being authentic in an industry fueled by fiction.

Margot Robbie is the cover girl for Vogue’s June issue (along with an interview by Jonathan Van Meter) because frankly, this summer belongs to her. The blonde bombshell stars in two big upcoming releases, The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad, and is quickly becoming the actress of the moment. It’s not just her gorgeous looks that got her here, it’s also her determination to defy expectations.

“There’s no way I was going to play the damsel in distress,” she said when Warner Bros. first approached her to play the leading lady in the jungle adventure starring Alexander Skarsgård. But then she gave the script a read. “It just felt very epic and big and magical in some way. I haven’t done a movie like that. The Harry Potter films could have been really cheesy, but David Yates made them into something dark and cool and real.”

Margot Robbie Covers 'Vogue'
CREDIT: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott /Vogue

Not only is the starlet looking for challenges, she invests in roles she takes on with ferocity. “She has ridiculous depth, and she’s never been coddled,” David Ayer, the director of Suicide Squad, said. “She’s very physically courageous. The things she was doing herself as far as stunts, you wouldn’t believe. There’s only a handful of actors who do that sort of work themselves.”

The Aussie actress’s big break came when she starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street, a role that demanded a lot from the actress and she rose to the challenge.

“She took a role that other people would have had a very difficult time with and elevated it to something spectacular,” said Suicide Squad co-star Jared Leto. “To be able to stand alongside Leo (DiCaprio), one of the titans of the industry, and be there face-to-face, blow for blow, and not only hold her ground but really shine, was kind of a rare, explosive discovery.”