Margot Robbie: ‘I’ve been listening to a lot of TED Talks lately on new-wave feminism’

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Margot Robbie’s promoting an assortment of films these days – Goodbye Christopher Robin and I, Tonya, which will probably be an Oscar contender. I’m actually a little bit surprised that Margot hasn’t been doing more interviews and more magazine covers, but that probably has something to do with how muted the Oscar season has been so far, and how muted it will continue to be in the wake of the sexual assault and harassment revelations rocking Hollywood. Margot covers the December issue of Vogue Australia, and you can see the full editorial and full interview here. She’s an interesting woman, but… not the most quotable young actress. Say what you will about Jennifer Lawrence, but she makes every interview count. Some highlights:

Margot’s career goals: “I already work with a ton of female writers who are brilliant, and I want to work with female directors. I really want to work with actresses my own age. I’m trying so hard to get projects up and running with an ensemble of young female characters, because that’s my life, my group of girls, we’re a gang and we roll together and I’m like: ‘Why is that not reflected in film?’”

She’s working in Albuquerque, New Mexico: “It’s stunning here. I went for a walk this morning trying to tire Boo out. It’s like walking into the set of an old Western. Apparently, it’s the cleanest air in America here, too. I think we’re 5,000 feet above sea level. And the crew are just so great to work with. It’s so beautiful, we’re really lucky.”

Whether life is different now that she’s married: “That’s the thing, we were best friends and roommates before and now we’re like best friends and roommates still, so nothing’s really changed at all. Other than the fact that I get to wear this [her ring] on the weekends. I can’t obviously wear it during the week when I’m working – I don’t want to lose it on set.”

Women are resilient: “To me, when I think of women, I think the word that sums up women so well but isn’t used as often as it should be is ‘resilient’. Women are so resilient and I think the response to the whole Weinstein situation kind of proved that. Because it’s astounding how quickly everyone pivoted from being heartbroken about the news to, how do we move forward? How can we move forward? What good can come out of this? Everyone was so supportive immediately and then automatically looking to the future, which made me even more proud to be a woman.

Whether she considers herself a feminist:
“I do, I do. But a couple of years ago I was almost scared to say I was because it had so many negative connotations, like: ‘If you’re a feminist, you hate men.’ I’ve been listening to a lot of TED Talks lately on new-wave feminism and it’s not about hating men, and men can be feminists too. My favourite definition of a feminist is ‘any person who believes in gender equality in a social, emotional, financial respect’, and that means Tom’s a feminist, I’m a feminist.”

[From Vogue Australia]

I sort of appreciate the idea of Margot thoughtfully YouTubing TED Talks on feminism and figuring out how to talk about it. I appreciate that. I think women are resilient too, but it’s depressing to realize, in the wake of everything, just how resilient so many women had to be. And what about those women who weren’t “resilient,” whose careers were destroyed or hampered by perverts and abusers? What about them? I’m not expecting Margot to have the answer to that, I just think we – as a society – shouldn’t be so eager to act like “okay, so all of these women have come forward and now we’re completely focused on what to do next so everything is fixed!” That’s not the way it works, and that’s not the way it will work.

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Cover courtesy of Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Australia, additional photo courtesy of Getty.