Margot Robbie Auditioned for Focus After Not Sleeping for Two Days
Margot Robbie: National treasure? Discuss.
Exhibit A is probably the following anecdote Robbie, 24, told during a press conference in L.A. on Sunday for the upcoming Focus, in which she shares the screen with Will Smith.
Robbie had apparently been on vacation in Croatia (according to Smith) when she got the news she’d be auditioning for the role in Focus, and had to head to New York for the audition in somewhat … trying circumstances.
“It was 6 in the morning,” Robbie told reporters. “I’d been swimming, and I got the call saying, ‘Oh, yeah. You need to be doing an audition with Will Smith like tomorrow in New York. So your flight’s booked for tonight.’ ”
“And I was like, ‘Tonight? Oh, my God.’ I asked the lady at the hostel I was staying at, ‘Oh, how do I get off this island? I need to go to the mainland.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, there’s only one boat a day, and it leaves in 20 minutes.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ ”
“[I] grabbed all my stuff. Left half of it probably in the hostel … got to the airport. Waited eight hours, and then I went to France, and then I went to New York. And by the time I got to New York, I’d now not slept for, like, well over two days.”
“And they lost my luggage. And my audition was about seven hours away. So I walk into the audition in wet sneakers and denim shorts and a pajama shirt, which was the only dry thing I had before they lost my luggage. I just walked in. And I was like, ‘I cannot meet Will Smith in my pajama shirt.’ So I went to Topshop and grabbed this top and then walked in.”
Of course, wet, no-sleep Margot Robbie is still, you know, Margot Robbie, so obviously she got the part. But still, what a story. Focus hits theaters Feb. 27.
• Reporting by SCOTT HUVER