Margot Robbie 'horrified' that she DIDN'T know what sexual harassment at workplace meant until 'Bombshell'
'I didn’t know the definition of sexual harassment, and that’s shocking,' said Margot Robbie
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Margot Robbie recently made a jaw-dropping confession, saying she did not know the definition of being sexually harassed at a workplace until she did her 2019 movie, 'Bombshell.'
'Bombshell' was directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph and stars Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie. It is based on the accounts of the women at Fox News who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Speaking of sexual harassment, many similar stories rose to the surface when the #Metoo movement revolutionized. However, 'Bombshell's box office results were seen as disappointing but the film received mostly favorable reviews, praising its acting as well as its choices of makeup and hair but some criticizing the screenplay and inaccuracies. Read more to find out what the 'Suicide Squad' actress had to say.
In a recent interview with Variety, Robbie explained that she signed on for the film to make up for her blind spots when it came to sexual harassment in the workplace. She revealed, “I realized that I as a person with an established position in the industry, financially set up and self-sufficient and I didn’t know the definition of sexual harassment, and that’s shocking.”
She said it “horrified her” how little she knew, and that 'Bombshell' taught her that sexual harassment “flourishes in the gray area” of respective industries. “Roger Ailes or Harvey Weinstein, they take advantage of the area,” she added. “The situation isn’t black and white.”
'Bombshell' was first announced in May 2017 following Ailes' death, with Roach confirmed as director the following year. Much of the cast joined that summer and filming began. The official film synopsis reads, "The provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who, after anchoring one of America's most powerful news networks, become headlines themselves when they risk everything to stand up to the man who made them famous."
Discussing further about her 'Bombshell' character Kayla Pospisil, the one fictional woman in the film alongside the likes of Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, Robbie said the role was easy to shake because of the difficult subject matter. “The second I could stop being Kayla, I did,” she said. “It was definitely something I wanted to tap out of at the end,” said Robbie.
However, Margot Robbie will next be seen as the titular character in Greta Gerwig's 'Barbie' starring opposite to Ryan Gosling who will be seen as Ken. 'Barbie' is slated to premiere in theaters on July 21, 2023.