Fans of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso shouldn’t expect to see a carbon copy of the former vintage clothes peddler when they tune into Netflix’s Girlboss – Britt Robertson has made the role all her own.
Opening up to PEOPLE about stepping into the shoes of the controversial 33-year-old, Robertson says in this week’s issue that she focused on striking a balance between reality and entertainment.
“For this show, I thought it was important to incorporate a lot of the qualities that people connected with, a lot of the things that make Sophia special and successful – a lot of those traits,” Robertson tells PEOPLE, adding, “I think there’s more pressure when you have a character that already exists, rather than someone that you can just bring to life in your mind.”
Robertson prepped by reading Amoruso’s book, #Girlboss, and spending time with the entrepreneur, herself.
“I met a lot of her family and her friends and the people around her,” shares the 27-year-old. “I just tried to use as many resources as I could before we started shooting.”
After doing all the research, Robertson switched gears: “Once we started shooting, I completely forgot about trying to achieve a version of her,” she says.
“It was important for us to create a very fictional Sophia,” Robertson adds.
Theron, Robertson says, was a great source of intel. “It was pretty cool just to have her as a presence and get her feedback,” the actress admits.
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As for Amoruso’s recent, personal setbacks (Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy in 2016 and she resigned), Robertson thinks the show will absolutely – eventually – address them.
“I’m hopeful that we’ll get more seasons, and we’ll be able to touch on that in season 5 or something,” she says, “because obviously it’s a very interesting storyline.”
Girlboss streaming on Netflix now.