Margot Robbie recently shared her experience before filming Barbie, where she starred and produced alongside Greta Gerwig. Barbie, which became a huge hit last year, brought challenges for Robbie before shooting began. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Margot Robbie opened up about facing an “actor crisis” as filming approached.
She revealed visiting Greta Gerwig’s house and having a meltdown over the pressure of getting the movie started. Robbie expressed feeling overwhelmed, saying, “I’d spent years trying to get this movie going. And suddenly we’re going to shoot the thing. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I dunno how to do this.’ It happens before every single movie I’ve ever done.”
Greta Gerwig also recalled the moment when Robbie had doubts about taking on the role, describing it as an “actor crisis.” She shared, “I have a distinct memory of Margot coming over to my house before we started shooting and having a bit of an actor crisis: ‘How am I doing this?’ It’s the actor equivalent of facing a blank page.”
Barbie follows the journey of Margot Robbie’s character, a stereotypical Barbie doll, who faces an existential crisis when she begins to lose her spark and iconic Barbie traits. To solve the mystery, she ventures into the “real world” with Ryan Gosling’s Ken, exploring new experiences and challenges.
Despite the initial doubts, Barbie received recognition with eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Supporting Actress for America Ferrera, Supporting Actor for Ryan Gosling, Costume Design, Production Design, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Gerwig and Noah Baumbach.
The absence of nominations for Gerwig and Robbie in the Best Director and Best Actress categories sparked criticism from fans on social media. Despite the challenges and doubts, Barbie’s success and critical acclaim highlight the dedication and talent of its cast and crew.