HOLLYWOOD star Margot Robbie has revealed how she will be ‘eternally grateful’ to Neighbors after it launched her acting career.
Margo, 32, who began her TV career as Donna Friedman on Ramsay Street from 2008 to 2011, appeared on the show’s finale, which aired on Friday.
And the celebrity, who filmed scenes in Los Angeles but sent 37 bottles of champagne to the set in Melbourne, revealed how the final episode marks “the end of an era.”
Margot, who is now Hollywood’s highest paid actress, said: “I owe so much to Neighbors.
“There are so many of us who are indebted to them for giving us a big break.
“It wasn’t just to give me a break – it gave me a real chance to work on my craft. It was the perfect preparation for Hollywood and I will always be eternally grateful.”
Kristen Bell Tattoos on Sunday first reported in March that Neighbors was closing after 37 years and nearly 9,000 episodes.
In Friday’s finale, Margot returned along with a host of other fan favorites including Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Holly Valance and Natalie Imbruglia.
Anne Charleston, who played Ramsay Street legend Madge Bishop, also returned, with her late character appearing as a ghost.
And recalling her time in the soap, Margo revealed that it wasn’t until she moved to London that she realized just how widespread his popularity was.
She continued, “It really is the end of an era for the fans.
“When I lived in London, at its peak, I realized how big it is.
“People came up to me and told me how they watched it every day after school.”
Margot, who grew up on a fruit farm on Australia’s Gold Coast, moved to Los Angeles after leaving Neighbors in 2011 and landed a role on the US TV show PanAm.
But it was her role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street that caught the attention of movie bosses after the film was released in 2013.
Shortly thereafter, she moved to South London and settled in a four-bedroom flat in Clapham called “Homestead” with six other friends.
Her housemates were buddies she met on the set of the war film Suite Française, including an assistant director and her current husband, Tom Ackerley.
“ISLAND OF LOVE REMINDED ME OF LIFE IN LONDON”
And Margot told how she likes to watch “Love Island” because it reminds her of that period of her life.
She said, “It wasn’t the best season of Love Island, but that didn’t stop me from watching it.
“Page was probably my favorite, but I think for pure fun, Davide and Ekin-Su made a season.
“Love Island reminds me of living in London watching it with my girlfriends when everyone is back from work.”
Margot starred in the 2015 film Focus alongside Will Smith and played the Joker’s girlfriend Harley Quinn in the 2016 hit Suicide Squad.
The following year, she and Tom, who married in Venice Beach in 2016, switched from their Clapham apartment to a £2.1 million Hollywood villa.
But Margot said leaving London wasn’t easy for the couple.
She said: “It was such a hard decision to leave, but I just couldn’t live on my suitcases.”
Back in Los Angeles, Margot starred as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, which she also produced, and opposite Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron in Scandal.
Both roles earned her Oscar nominations.
She also starred as rising movie star Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood alongside former co-star Leonardo and Brad Pitt.
And next year she will appear on the big screen in a neon pink dress and high heels after landing the role of Barbie in a romantic comedy about the legendary doll.
Directed by Greta Gerwig, the film also stars Ryan Gosling as Ken, Barbie’s love interest.
Margot said, “When I read the script, I honestly thought, ‘This is one of the best scripts I’ve ever read.’
“I needed to be a part of this story.
“I remember talking to Ryan before filming started and we were so excited to be part of this incredible script.
“Whatever people expect from a Barbie movie, they need to completely rethink it because Greta did something special here.
“SOME VERY BOLD PEOPLE SAY”
“And Barbie is such a role model.
“She was a surgeon in the early 70s when a tiny percentage of women were applying to medical school.”
In the hands of director Greta, whose last films were Lady Bird and Little Women, Barbie is expected to get a completely modern look.
This comes after Hollywood’s own transformation in recent years following the #MeToo scandals.
This movement was the focus of the 2019 film Bombshell, based on the sexual harassment of women working for Fox News.
And Margo, who played Kayla Pospisil, said then that it was only while working on the film that she realized what sexual harassment was.
She told Net A Porter, “I’m in my early twenties, I’m educated, I’m social, I traveled, I have my own business, and I didn’t know. It’s crazy.
“I didn’t know you could say, ‘I was sexually harassed’ without physical touch.
“So that you can say, ‘This is not normal.’ I had no idea “.
Margo also said she was harassed, but “not in Hollywood,” adding, “It’s hard for me to find many women who haven’t been sexually harassed on one level or another.
“Now I know because I’ve researched what constitutes sexual harassment to have negative connotations for your job and how you get paid.”
“So yes, many times. And with varying degrees of severity throughout
Speaking last week, Margo continued, “I think a lot has changed in Hollywood in the last few years.
“There were difficult conversations and very brave people.
“We live in the hope that all this courage shown means that nothing like this will ever happen again.”