Margot Robbie's I, Tonya hesitation

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 December 2017
Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie admits that she "hesitated" about starring in 'I, Tonya' - which follows the life story of figure skater Tonya Harding - because Tonya's life has been "so well documented"

Margot Robbie "hesitated" about starring in 'I, Tonya'.

The 27-year-old singer admits she was nervous about signing up for the movie - which follows the life story of figure skater Tonya Harding - because Tonya's life has been "so well documented".

She said: "I definitely had hesitations in that it's an added responsibility to play a real-life person who is still alive - especially one that's so well documented, that people can obviously compare what I'm doing. But it also provided an incredible resource in my research, so it was kind of a double-edged sword in that respect ...

"I didn't realise that everyone knew it to the extent they did, and everyone had already passed judgment on her. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into in that regard."

And Margot admits it was "definitely a challenge" that people had already made their minds up about Tonya but she enjoyed being able to help people explore it more.

She added: "It was definitely a challenge but kind of an exciting challenge to approach a situation [where] people had already made up their minds, or thought they knew all about [it], and kind of give them a reason to explore it further and explore another side to the story."

In the movie, Margot plays Tonya when she was 15-years-old and admits it was "weird" putting fake braces on for the role.

She told E! News: "As 15-year-old Tonya, I actually weirdly looking in the mirror of my mum and my 10-year-old nephew - who's a boy - so I was really confused by that. I was like, 'How does this...?' "I mean, it was very reminiscent of the era, obviously. I felt very young wearing braces again. I had braces at that age; I remember how painfully self-conscious I was at that age about everything. When I was little, my mum cut my hair short in a bowl cut, too. I obviously am a '90s baby, so the fashion has a sense of nostalgia for me. I felt transformed; I didn't feel like myself."

I, Tonya

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Craig Gillespie
  • Cast: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser
  • UK release: 23 February 2018

Sympathetic but blackly funny biopic of disgraced American skater Tonya Harding (Robbie), who suffered violent abuse from a young age and strove to get recognition in a sport that didn’t welcome her. Robbie does affecting, impressive and Oscar-nominated work and Janney revels in viciousness as Tonya’s awful mum LaVona.

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