Margot Robbie is considered a beauty by many in Hollywood but, while on set as Queen Elizabeth I in the upcoming Mary Queen of Scots, her appearance was apparently so intimidating that colleagues didn’t want to come anywhere near her. In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the star told the story of how people would avoid her while she was in make-up, especially when her character was suffering from a “horrible and scarring bout of small pox:”
“I’d say, ‘Hey, how’s your weekend?’ But they wouldn’t even get close to me. It was very alienating. And I felt very lonely. It was an interesting social experiment.”
Margot Robbie on set portraying Queen Elizabeth I in the upcoming film Mary,Queen of Scots. She is dressed in traditional late 16th century costume (1560-70’s ruff and pickadills). Her dress has the Spanish influence of the gold chains and Spanish farthingale. #HA334 pic.twitter.com/mOGkYKqUXJ
— natalie fritz (@nataliefritz13) October 11, 2018
To take on the part of Queen Elizabeth, who often wore thick white make-up to cover her smallpox scars, Robbie wore layers of unsettling prosthetics.
In Robbie’s words, she was unrecognizable to those who were on set with her:
“Normally there’s someone who steps in and says, ‘No, keep all the girls looking pretty!’ but Josie Rourke, the director, was keen to explore how Queen Elizabeth’s looks affected her relationships.”
Is Margot Robbie is the queen of transfomations?
No, the make-up & costume department are brilliant at their jobs and transform her.
— Darren Whitfield🇪🇺 (@darrenwhitfield) August 23, 2017
She is an amazing actress
— Stacy Lovell (@StacyInMalibu) November 14, 2018
Robbie spoke earlier with Entertainment Weekly about the fascinating relationship between the two queens.
She felt they were pushed into a rivalry neither of them wanted:
“Everyone manipulated their relationship. It’s complicated, it’s tragic, and it’s bizarre. The only other person in the world who could understand the position they were in was each other.”
Most Scottish thing that has ever happened to me: bartender in a highland pub on Queen Elizabeth
“She’s no Queen of ours. The last Queen of Scotland is right there *points to picture* MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS!”
— Madison Trusolino (@peskykilljoy) November 14, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots premieres on December 7! Margot Robbie fans are eager to see her disappear into a strange, unsettling role.
Margot Robbie playing golf is me watching the Mary, Queen of Scots trailer pic.twitter.com/afXsYrr5NM
— AllyMaineVEVO (@robertkessler) November 13, 2018
Greg's video reaction to Mary Queen of Scots. Thank you, Greg. pic.twitter.com/LVc9wyH72d
— Amanda (@MySongHAIM) November 11, 2018
The Mary Queen of Scots film looks so, so, so good. Love Saoirse Ronan. Love Margot Robbie. Can't wait.
— Jaymi McCann (@Jaymi_McCann) November 9, 2018