Margot Robbie confessed that it was very exhausting to give life to Nellie LaRoy in the tape ‘Babylon’.
Margot Robbie admitted that the role in Damien Chazelle’s old Hollywood story was one of the most demanding of her career because her “tornado” alter ego was so “exhausting” to play.
“She’s like a tornado and she’s not going to let anyone get in her way. I love her very much, but she is so exhausting.
She took everything from me, physically and emotionally. During the dance sequences or whatever, months after the shoot, she had to keep up the energy levels. I remember that she had written on the cover of my script: ‘she Demands all of her attention, always,’ said the actress.
Robbie insists that the Babylon shoot was the most difficult he had ever worked on on set. “At the end of the first week of shooting, I got home and I remember saying to my husband, ‘This is harder than work.’ And he said, ‘What? You always work hard.’ But this was something else because Damien expects a lot from you as an actress.”
The Australian star based her character on Clara Bow, Hollywood’s original It girl who had struggled with the transition from silent to talkies in the 1920s.
“I definitely found a lot of inspiration researching a lot of people, but Clara was probably the biggest influence on me. I spent a lot of time working out her childhood in my head. I know I’m talking about a fictional character, but to me she had a horrible childhood.
I took a lot of Clara Bow’s life story and she had as bad a childhood as anyone could have. Once I had that in my head, it was very easy to justify Nellie’s actions,’ Robbie concluded.