She’s the Australian actress whose name is synonymous with Hollywood success.
And it seems Margot Robbie‘s career trajectory has soared at breakneck speed over the past decade, hitting an all-time high on Tuesday when she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in I, Tonya.
From convincing her family to pay to watch her childhood performances, to cold-calling her way into a role on Neighbours and then hustling her way up the Hollywood ladder where so many before her have failed – here’s how Margot used her unwavering determination to go from little-known local actress to global stardom.
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REVEALED: How Margot Robbie’s unwavering determination to be a star propelled her from local soap actress to Academy Award nominee. Pictured left: At the Sydney premiere of I, Tonya on Tuesday night. Pictured right: In her Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya
As a child, Margot’s steely resolve became apparent early on, with the actress admitting to Stellar magazine last month that she used to ‘lure’ her family and friends to pay to watch her perform magic tricks she had made up herself.
It was an innate sense of business and self-worth that served her well in her teenage years, with Margot moving to Melbourne at 17 after deciding she wanted to be an actress.
She didn’t yet have an acting gig lined up, but was determined to secure a role on long-running Australian soap Neighbours and cold called the producers until they allowed her to audition.
Early success: The Gold Coast native moved to Melbourne as a teenager and cold called Neighbours producers until they let her audition. It worked – and she portrayed schoolgirl Donna Freedman from 2008 to 2011. Pictured on Neighbours
It worked – and she portrayed schoolgirl Donna Freedman from 2008 to 2011.
Margot also managed to land guest roles in local productions such as The Elephant Princess and City Homicide, as well as a number of commercials.
But she had her sights firmly set on the big leagues, and executed a plan with her agent and acting coach to take on Hollywood.
The Gold Coast native relocated to Tinseltown for pilot season in 2011 and began the notoriously difficult audition process, eventually scoring a gig alongside Christina Ricci in Pan Am.
Flying high: In 2011, Margot arrived in Tinseltown for pilot season and nabbed a role in period drama Pan Am, before it was swiftly axed after one season
While the series was swiftly axed after one season, it was a foot in the door for Margot, who also appeared in the 2012 British film About Time.
But it was in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street where Margot really hit the big time.
Famously slapping Leonardo DiCaprio in the face during her audition, Margot impressed the Oscar-winner as well as director Martin Scorsese and won the coveted role of the Jordan Belfort’s wife, Naomi.
Big break! Margot famously slapped Leonardo DiCaprio in the face when she auditioned for The Wolf of Wall Street, before hitting the big time after playing his on-screen wife Naomi
Shooting star: Since then, Margot has taken on a variety of Hollywood roles, including Goodbye, Christopher Robin (left) and Suicide Squad (right)
From there, Margot’s profile continued to skyrocket.
She starred in Focus alongside Will Smith, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot with Tina Fey, as well as The Legend of Tarzan, Suicide Squad and Goodbye, Christopher Robin.
Proving everything she touches turns to gold, Margot founded her own film production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, in 2014 alongside her soon-to-be husband Tom Ackerley.
Their first offering, biographical film I, Tonya, which also stars Margot in the lead role, was met with universal critical acclaim.
It may also prove to be her ticket to Oscars glory, as the former soap actress received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
And with impressive-looking roles in films such as Mary: Queen of Scots still on the horizon, it doesn’t look like Margot’s shooting star is in any danger of falling any time soon.
Proving everything she touches turns to gold, Margot founded her own film production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, in 2014 alongside her soon-to-be husband Tom Ackerley
Not slowing down: Margot still has number of impressive-looking performances yet to be released including film Mary: Queen of Scots (pictured)