Margot Robbie: Why I Slapped Leonardo DiCaprio In Audition
Wolf Of Wall Street beauty on her dramatic improvisation...
Margot Robbie has been dishing the dirt on the spur-of-the-moment improvisation that helped her win her breakthrough role in The Wolf Of Wall Street.
But the 24-year-old beauty admitted that she thought she might have blown it after she pulled out all the stops and SLAPPED Leonardo DiCaprio during their audition.
Speaking to Harper's Bazaar, she said: "In my head I was like, 'You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don't do something impressive nothing will ever come of it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance, just take it.'
"And so I start screaming at him and he's yelling back at me. And he's really scary. I can barely keep up. And he ends it saying, 'You should be happy to have a husband like me. Now get over here and kiss me.'
"So I walk up really close to his face and then I'm like, 'Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever?'
"But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, Whack! I hit him in the face. And then I scream, 'F**k you!'
"And that's not in the script at all. The room just went dead silent and I froze."
She confessed that she thought she might have blown it at that point.
"I'm thinking, 'You just hit Leonardo DiCaprio in the face. They're going to arrest you because that's assault. You're definitely never going to work again, that's for sure. They'll probably sue you as well in case there's a bruise on his face and he needs to film something else'."
But her chutzpah paid off because she landed the role and has now gone on to further high-profile jobs - including playing opposite Will Smith in her current movie Focus and a role in the forthcoming comic book adaptation Suicide Squad.
And she insists that she's quickly come to terms with the price of fame - in the form of unwanted attention from the paps anyway.
"For a while, photographers stood outside my house waiting for me to look my absolute worst," she said.
"They would follow me and wait and wait and wait and hide. The minute I eat a burger, drink a beer, have no make-up, they will take 10 million pictures and pick out the three that look the most heinous and post those.
"Then everyone tears it apart. But I can deal with that, that's fine – if you want to be an actor you have got to deal with that kind of stuff and I can."
The full feature appears in the April issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, on sale 5 March. Also available as a digital edition.
Photographs by David Slijper, courtesy of Harper's Bazaar UK.