Margot Robbie on the Struggle of Success

November 27, 2017

It may seem like stars and celebrities and the Hollywood elite have it all: personal trainers, chiropractors, nutritionists, drivers, yoga instructors, meditation guides, and more. Wow, it does seem like they have it all! But with all of that fame and wealth comes an enormous amount of pressure, anxiety, and responsibility. Take Margot Robbie, star of The Wolf of Wall Street as the Duchess of Bay Ridge, and Suicide Squad as the volatile and violent Harley Quinn–among many other riveting roles. Margot’s a Hollywood superstar, happily married, a producer, as well as a successful businesswoman. But with all the travel, adulation, and money, Margot admits that there are times she melts down and cries out, “I can’t do it anymore.” See, Margot isn’t just an A-list actress with multiple films in production at any given time, she also runs her own production company along with her husband, Tom Ackerley. In her interview with Vogue Australia, Margot goes on to say, “You miss out on a lot of things, like you rarely go on holidays, you miss everyone’s weddings, everyone’s birthdays. I haven’t been home once this year, I haven’t seen my best friends, my nephew.” Furthermore, when asked what it’s like to run her own company, Margot simply states, “It’s hard.”

So, when you have trouble making the rent and keeping a job, when you spend your last earnings on a class or a networking seminar, or when you sacrifice your lunch break to make an audition across town, take heart, because all of that managing and organizing and using your resources wisely is getting you ready for the big game! It’s preparing you for that moment in your life when being on a movie set for eighteen hours is the least of your worries. You’ll need to contend with media obligations, loss of privacy, ruthless managers and agents, lawsuits, fatigue, jet lag, and on and on it goes. But it will all be old hat because the struggles you’re going through now will have made you faster, stronger, tougher, and burnished your skill set to levels unknown. Face it, if you can survive in this town on limited means, if you can make your auditions on time and in good form despite traffic and freeway insanity, if you can keep your IMDb, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram pages filled with impressive content and creative substance, “If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run, yours is the earth and everything that’s in it,” as Rudyard Kipling says.

Margot Robbie is currently promoting her new film, I Tonya, a biopic about the infamous figure skater, Tonya Harding. Indeed, she’s already getting a good bit of Oscar buzz for her fierce and unyielding portrayal of the disgraced ice queen. As well, after all the storm and stress of the Hollywood movie industry, Margot still maintains, “It’s enormously satisfying to build something and to be a part of something.”