Margot Robbie didn’t believe she could ‘make a living’ by acting

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The Amsterdam star has become a household name over the last decade as she led countless iconic films from The Wolf of Wall Street to Birds of Prey. However, as a teenage actress, Margot never thought acting could pay the bills and thought her co-stars had side jobs to keep them going. 

Margot became one of the youngest subjects for BAFTA: A Life In Pictures last week. 

She first came to international recognition aged just 22 with her role in The Wolf of Wall Street and has been on a Hollywood high ever since. 

However, years before that she was a national sensation in her native Australia on the television series Neighbours as Donna Freedman. 

Speaking at the BAFTA event in London, Margot travelled back all those years to the start of her acting career where, unlike many of her peers, she went straight onto set without attending acting school. 

She first got cast when she was just 17 and at the time didn’t realise it could be a viable career path. 

Margot said: “After about six months of being on the show I realised you could do acting as like a full-time job. 

“I actually asked the other cast members like ‘Do you guys have other work?’

“And they were like ‘No’ but they had kids and stuff!”

She pressed her colleagues further: “You can pay for your children’s tuition and mortgage and everything just on acting?”

When they replied yes, Margot had decided: “Wonderful, I’m going to do that then!”

Later in the interview, Margot made a revelation while speaking about some of the incredible stunts she did as Harley Quinn, saying acting “is a ridiculous way to make a living”. 

If she didn’t become a bonafide actress and Hollywood star, Margot said she’d “hope I would do something in film” at the very least. 

In case that didn’t pan out for her, the Bombshell star revealed that as a child, her dream job was to own a chain of hotels. 

Among her list of other potential, and oddly specific, career paths was a scuba instructor or trapeze artist. 

The actress reluctantly admitted she had ended up in some of these careers through her multitude of acting roles. 

At 32, the actress has been in almost 30 films, 11 series and founded her own production company, but she hasn’t forgotten the show that started it all for her. 

The actress attributes much of who she is today to her three-year stint on Neighbours and said the experience was a worthy substitute for her university years. 

She recalled: “Tony taught me how to do taxes and Dr Karl helped me out with a side gig, Kennedy taught me how to roast a chicken. 

“I slept on everyone’s couches so when it was ending it was very emotional. 

“I wrote everyone a little letter and sent like 37 bottles of champagne.”

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