Margot Robbie has kept busy with a slew of high-profile acting jobs, from Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad to Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, but the notoriety associated with her very public jobs has led to some scary situations.
Robbie has had to deal with stalkers and death threats so serious that she’s had to make life changes in order to ensure her personal safety.
“There’s just all this stuff you learn along the way, like, when you get those death threats, it’s [smart] to have a security team do a background check on whoever sent them to see if there is any past history of violence because you’ll need to know whether you need security to go to certain events,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview. “And every time you do a background check, it’s going to cost $2,000, so take that into consideration when you’re getting yourself into this.”
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Those costs add up, and Robbie said having to finance this kind of security does impact the kind of roles actors choose.
“And it’s like, ‘OK, that’s a different kind of career.’ Because then you need to always do a job that can financially support that lifestyle; you can’t just do indie films for the rest of your life because that film back there changed everything and now you have to be able to afford security,” she said. “I just wish someone had explained a lot of those things to me early on. I wouldn’t have resented the position I found myself in because I would’ve known what I was getting myself into.”
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The financial impact isn’t the only thing Robbie has had to contend with. In a recent press conference, Robbie said she was asked point blank if she’d ever been molested.
“I was shocked by the indifference to which this man asked, like it was such a casual question and that’s part of the problem, too.”
While the question was unquestionably insensitive, Robbie would have given this response had it been posed in a less intrusive and more mindful manner: “No one’s ever abused their power with me within this industry, but I am a woman in the world and I have seen and dealt with this a million times in the world.”
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