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Margot Robbie and the Path She Took to Change her Hollywood Destiny

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By Ivy Pope

A common trope in television or movies is that an actor might get cast in one type of part so often, that eventually, the only roles they get are roles that are similar to the one they usually play. It's an expectation, not only from fans, but also from the various filmmakers and producers.

Say an actor plays a doctor in various television dramas and runs into fans on the street. Those fans might expect that actor to offer them medical advice, despite not having a medical degree.

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Robbie is an 'Audrey Hepburn'?

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Anyway, that all plays into the role of a celebrity journalist, according to Rich Cohen who wrote about Margot Robbie in a 2016 cover story for Vanity Fair. "The job of the celebrity journalist: peg 'em so it's not only as if you know 'em but always have known 'em..."

Cohen further profiled Robbie as 'Audrey Hepburn' inspired, as that's who comes to mind when he thinks Robbie.

However, the thing is, Cohen was wrong. Framing a star like that is one concept that people try to create to be true, but with Robbie that did not work. She wasn't the Audrey Hepburn type, or the Australian girl next door. She was closer to Marilyn Monroe than Hepburn, and even then she didn't fit the mold.

Robbie's Since Taken Control of her Image

Margot Robbie, up-close photo, smiling.
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Since that interview with Cohen, Robbie has refigured her terms of agreement when it comes to the media. It's been gradual changes here and there, no flash or announcement. Like when she gave up makeup, she just did it. Where Swift wanted to be excluded from a narrative or Beyonce demanded to be in charge of all interviews and press coverages, Robbie just made it happen subtly.

It's a different approach than most stars have towards their media image, because all of the aforementioned stars did mention these things they were doing or did not want to be apart of, instead of just doing whatever it was.

Margot Robbie in a black dress, smiling.
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She refocused the media from her body, and the images that were being prefabricated by the media, towards her talent and her work. Robbie has shaped her stardom in a way that has historically, only been allowable to men.

She's launched her own production company, LuckyChap, and that's allowed her to pick the tone for her own projects. I, Tonya, to Birds of Prey, all have Robbie picking and setting the tone of the film. And she's developing more movies and television shows, all directed or written by women.

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Keep on altering Hollywood, Robbie! Do it slowly, expect no pomp or circumstance, and bring about real change to the industry.

While Robbie is doing things her way, she's truly got a chance to change how women are viewed in Hollywood. She's not 'attention-seeking' for the things she's doing, she's just doing them and moving on with her life, and that's changed her image so much. Honestly, it's a power move, and while we're praising her, she did not ask for praise.

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