The star played Harley Quinn in the 2016 superhero film
Margot Robbie has spoken about receiving death threats and dealing with stalkers after starring in Suicide Squad.
Having recently played the lead role in the recent biopic about disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, I, Tonya, Robbie is currently working on several projects around her Suicide Squad character, Harley Quinn.
Robbie received rave reviews for her portrayal of the character in the 2016 superhero film, despite the movie otherwise receiving a negative response.
Speaking recently to The Hollywood Reporter, Robbie said she wished she had known more about the perils of fame before accepting the role, explaining: “You’re about to be in a comic book film; now here’s the worst-case scenario of how big and scary it can get”.
“Here’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. 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.”
Robbie added: “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.”
“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.”
Meanwhile, Robbie has also recently spoken about the series of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood, saying they have nurtured a “sense of community” amongst female stars.
Robbie said: “On one hand, you have a great opportunity [to use your platform], but on the other hand you have a great responsibility to handle it appropriately and bring something positive out of a horrible situation. I think it’s a very individual thing.
She continued: “I’ve never spoken to so many actresses that I’ve never met, than I have in the last couple months. Actresses – who if I met them, I’d be starstruck – are reaching out to be like, ‘Hey, there’s a group of us having a conversation about this, do you want to be involved?’
“There’s a sense of community, which is really wonderful, and it’s sad that that had to come out of a horrible situation, but there is a support network there and ready.”