May 29, 2024

Margot Robbie says she ‘didn’t know the definition of sexual harassment’ until filming the movie Bombshell

Margot Robbie has explained that she «didn’t know the definition of sexual harassment» in the workplace until she starred in the 2019 movie, Bombshell.

The Jay Roach-directed movie was based on the true story of a group of women, including Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, who accused Fox News head Roger Ailes of sexual harassment and allegations of a toxic atmosphere while presiding over the network. While Nicole Kidman played the role of Gretchen and Charlize Theron transformed into Megyn, Australian actress Margot took on the fictional part of Kayla Pospisil.

And 32-year-old Margot has now explained that she signed on to play the role to gain a deeper understanding of sexual harassment in the workplace. «I realised that I — as a person with an established position in the industry, financially set up and self-sufficient — I didn’t know the definition of sexual harassment, and that’s shocking,» she said at the BAFTA Life in Pictures event, as per Variety.

«Horrified» Margot also explained that filming for Bombshell made her realise that so much sexual harassment and bad behaviours «flourishes in the grey area».

«Roger Ailes or Harvey Weinstein, they take advantage of the area. The situation isn’t black and white,» Margot added. As a result of the subject matter, the Barbie actress admitted that the role was easy to shake off after filming. «The second I could stop being Kayla, I did. It was definitely something I wanted to tap out of at the end,» she said.

Meanwhile, Margot Robbie is currently on a roll and will soon be seen in the raucous upcoming film Babylon, which also stars Brad Pitt. Set in 1920s Hollywood, the film will explore the early days of the movie scene, when silent films were beginning to transition to sound, or ‘talkies’.

Next year, she will also feature in the hotly-anticipated Barbie movie alongside Ryan Gosling — and honestly, we really can’t wait for this movie because life in plastic, it’s fantastic!

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