"It was important for us to create a very fictional Sophia," Britt Robertson tells PEOPLE

By Lindsay Kimble
May 05, 2017 01:22 PM
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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 GirlbossBritt 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.”

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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.

Girlboss focuses on Amoruso’s life in 2006 as an eBay seller based in San Francisco. The series also stars RuPaul and was executive produced by Charlize Theron.

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.