Margot Robbie has revealed she still has to pinch herself for getting a role in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street.
The former Neighbours actress is set to play Leonardo DiCaprio's screen wife in the upcoming film, alongside Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Jean Dujardin.
"It's crazy. I pinch myself every day," she admitted.
"I still want to call him up and say, 'Marty, are you sure? Because I'm sure there was an A-lister out there that should have got this job?' I'm not sure why I did, but I'll be eternally grateful."
Margot, who played Donna Freedman in the Australian soap, said it was "amazing" working with the Oscar-winning filmmaker and described her co-star Leonardo as "brilliant."
"Leo's brilliant. He's such a committed actor," she said of her screen husband.
"It's really nice to work across someone who is so incredibly into the scenes that sometimes I was like, 'I don't know if he knows we're acting any more. What if he hits me right now?' He's so in the moment, and working with him made me a much better actor."
The 23-year-old actress - who next stars as Charlotte in Richard Curtis' romantic drama About Time, which is released on September 6 - said it has been thrilling to go from one spectrum to the other in both films.
"Leonardo's character and his wife have a tumultuous relationship to say the least. They're just crazy. Everyone in Wolf Of Wall Street is nuts so it's fun and it's the exact opposite of what I do in About Time - different characters, different ages, different accents, everything," she added.
Robbie makes her leap to the big screen later this year, playing Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, out in November. Her high-wattage co-star was an inspiration as well as a support. “Working with him was, as an actor, the most satisfying experience I’ve had in my entire career so far.”
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When Margot Robbie is angling for an audition, she invariably runs lines on her submission tape with—who else?—Dylan, the agreeable guy who works in her manager’s digital department. What the tactic lacks in polish, it makes up for in charm. So much so that when the time came for Ellen Lewis, Martin Scorsese’s longtime casting director, to cast the role of Naomi—Leonardo DiCaprio’s manipulative, Versace-clad second wife in The Wolf of Wall Street (based on the memoirs of ’90s stock Svengali Jordan Belfort)—Robbie’s tape compelled Lewis to take a closer look. And despite a short list rumored to include Blake Lively and Amber Heard, upon meeting Robbie, Lewis says the role was hers “pretty much right away.”
Such is the lure of the 23-year-old Gold Coast native who in 2008, fresh out of high school, parlayed a guest stint as a bisexual groupie on Aussie serial Neighbours into a recurring character she played until relocating to Los Angeles in 2011. A season on the doomed ABC drama Pan Am was followed by Robbie’s big-screen break: a role in the Rachel McAdams–Domhnall Gleeson romance About Time, out now. Then, she zeroed in on “Marty.” “My managers were like, ‘Look, it’s a Scorsese film,’ ” Robbie says from New Orleans, where she’s filming the con-artist caper Focus opposite Will Smith. “ ‘None of us are actually expecting you to be cast.’ ” Dylan cleared his schedule anyway.
Cut to the chemistry test with DiCaprio, where Robbie practically jammed her five-inch stiletto down the actor’s throat. “It’s a very provocative film,” says Lewis, “and she wasn’t intimidated.” The resulting scene—Robbie reduces DiCaprio to rubble with a magenta mini dress hiked up around her hips—is every bit as sexy as it sounds. “When I got the material, I didn’t like the character,” Robbie says. “But by the time we got to shooting, I loved her. She’s a badass who’s making lemonade—with no fucking lemons.”