A Minute With: Margot Robbie on feisty females and 'Focus'
By Alicia Avila
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After making her film breakout as the no-holds-barred wife of Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort in 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street," Margot Robbie is taking on Will Smith for a tango of twists and turns in the underground world of heists.
In "Focus," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, Australian actress Robbie, 24, plays Jess, a street-smart, spirited pick-pocket who teams up with veteran con-artist Nicky (Smith) to learn his trade.
Robbie talked to Reuters about the need for strong women in film and working with Smith.
Q: You've played feisty, strong women in both "Wolf of Wall Street" and in "Focus," what draws you to those characters?
A: Strong female characters for sure but they don't necessarily have to be like the conventionally strong.
As long as they're strong in their own aspect and have strong opinions, then I find them interesting, people who can shift opinions and stuff, (otherwise) it's less fun to play and create a character with. So it doesn't have to be the same every time but something a little different.
It's always good to have a story arch. For example, Jess in this film is a certain person at the beginning of the film and a totally different kind of person by the end of the film and that's exciting as an actor because there's a lot for you to do there.
Q: How urgent is the need for strong female characters portrayed in Hollywood movies? Continued...