Australian Margot Robbie became an international star in The Wolf of Wall Street, the first of several biographical roles that has been shining on screen. In Babylon, her new film, she plays Nellie LaRoy, a role said to be a combination of stars Clara Bow, Jeanne Eagels, Joan Crawford, and Alma Rubens, but is – arguably – 98% inspired by the New York actress, whose thick accent from Brooklyn is the main reference since cinema adopted sound. With two Oscar nominations, potentially being considered for a third, Margot has a gallery of roles inspired by real people. Shall we review?
The wolf of Wall Street
In the role that “launched” her in Hollywood, Margot played Nadine Macaluso, the second wife of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio).
In 2017, her performance in the great I, Tonya, the biopic about figure skater Tonya Harding, surprised critics. In theory, the two did not look alike physically, but many changed their minds after the film hit theaters.
Goodbye, Christopher Robin
In the film Goodbye, Christopher Robin, about the author of Winnie the Bear, Margot was Daphne de Sélincourt, real Christopher’s mother, an iconic character created by A.A. Milne. Again completely different than expected.
Mary, Queens of Scots
Due to her recognized beauty, when she was announced as Queen Elizabeth I in the film about Queen Mary of Scotland it just didn’t generate more surprise because at that point we knew of Margot’s talent, which did not disappoint.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
When announced as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino‘s film, fans of both actresses could easily imagine Margot in the role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The actress managed to capture the docility of Sharon, who in Tarantino’s version was spared her tragic fate.
While Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron played journalists Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, Margot played Kayla Pospisil, a role based on the testimonies of victims who spoke with the production about Fox News’ abusive backstage. Shined, of course.
The film also starring Christian Bale is inspired by a true story. The Business Plot was a secret political conspiracy designed to overthrow Franklin D. Roosevelt. Valerie Voze, Margot’s character, is fictional, though.
Babylon will be the film for which Margot will certainly be among the most quoted for the Oscar 2023, as an iconic Clara Bow as the real actress, in a performance that is one of the few unanimities of the film.