Margaret Robbie has opened up about her decision to work on Bombshell, the 2019 movie that revolved around women experiencing sexual harassment at work, and how it “shocked” her to know so little about the subject. (Read also: Me too: After the fall of Harvey Weinstein, stories of sexual assault and harassment flood social media)

“I realized that – as a person with an established position in the industry, financially set up and self-sufficient – I did not know the definition of sexual harassment, and that is shocking,” said the actor who attended the BAFTA Life in Pictures talk in honor of her career where she talked about her career and experience in the industry.

The 32-year-old actress earned an Academy Award nomination for playing Kayla Pospisil in Bombshell, which was based on the stories of the women who work at Fox News expose CEO Roger Ailes for alleged sexual harassment. Margot added that she was “shocked” at how little she knew about the subject of sexual harassment before making the film, adding how this behavior “flourishes in the gray area”. She added: “The situation is not black and white.”

Margot admitted that she signed on to the film to learn more about the blind spots when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace. “One of the lines that shocked me when I first read the script was that sexual harassment includes unwanted sexual advances.” said the actor. “I always thought physical contact was necessary for it to be considered illegal or wrong.” The actor discussed the character of Kayla, the only fictional creation in the movie alongside names like Megyn Kelly (played by Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (played by Nicole Kidman). “As soon as I could stop being Kayla, I did,” the actor said. “It was definitely something I wanted to draw from at the end.”

In the discussion, Margot also shared that she has worked with only one female director in her career so far, with Josie Rourke for Mary, Queen of Scots. The actor said she sees no difference between men and women as directors, and “couldn’t put it down to gender”.

Margot Robbie is currently in London as part of the press tour promoting her new film Babylon, directed by Damien Chazelle, due out at the end of this year. She also has Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie.


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