She’s taking on the leading role in the hotly-anticipated Barbie movie.
And Margot Robbie embraced the plastic fantastic look as she covered Vogue magazine’s 2023 summer issue.
The Australian actress, 32, was a vision of beauty as she posed for an array of striking snaps for the fashion bible, with many looks in the doll’s signature pink.
During the interview, Margot’s co-star Ryan Gosling spoke about working with the actress on set and reveals she was fundamental in helping his inner Ken Doll.
The role was unexpected for the studious twice-Oscar nominated actor, 42, but thankfully Margot was on hand to bring out his cheeky side.
Come on Barbie, let’s go do a photoshoot: Margot Robbie embraced the plastic fantastic look as she covered Vogue magazine ‘s 2023 summer issue
Looking good: The Australian actress, 32, was a vision of beauty as she posed for an array of striking snaps for the fashion bible
Ryan explained: ‘She left a pink present with a pink bow, from Barbie to Ken, every day while we were filming. They were all beach-related.
‘Like puka shells, or a sign that says “Pray for surf.” Because Ken’s job is just beach. I’ve never quite figured out what that means. But I felt like she was trying to help Ken understand, through these gifts that she was giving.’
As for how Margot took on the Barbie role, she revealed her goal was to change the perception of the controversial doll to those who ‘actively hate’ the brand.
She explained: ‘We of course would want to honor the 60-year legacy that this brand has, but we have to acknowledge that there are a lot of people who aren’t fans of Barbie.
‘And in fact, aren’t just indifferent to Barbie. They actively hate Barbie. And have a real issue with Barbie. We need to find a way to acknowledge that.’
Addressing the ‘sexualization’ of Barbie, she reasoned: ‘I’m like, “Okay, she’s a doll. She’s a plastic doll. She doesn’t have organs. If she doesn’t have organs, she doesn’t have reproductive organs. If she doesn’t have reproductive organs, would she even feel sexual desire? No, I don’t think she could.”
‘She is sexualized. But she should never be sexy. People can project sex onto her. Yes, she can wear a short skirt, but because it’s fun and pink. Not because she wanted you to see her butt.’
The Barbie movie was first imagined in 2016, with Amy Schumer originally tapped to play the titular role and co-writing the screenplay with her sister Kim Caramele.
A year later, Amy exited the project citing ‘creative differences’, leaving way for Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach to pen the screenplay and for Margot to take on the role.
Recalling her initial reaction to the script, Margot confessed that she and husband Tom Ackerley had their doubts the movie would ever be made.
She explained: ‘We just looked at each other, pure panic on our faces. We were like, Holy fucking s**t.
‘I think the first thing I said to Tom was, “This is so genius. It is such a shame that we’re never going to be able to make this movie.”‘
Making a change: As for how Margot took on the Barbie role, she revealed her goal was to change the perception of the controversial doll to those who ‘actively hate’ the brand
Making it work: Recalling her initial reaction to the script, Margot confessed that she and husband Tom Ackerley had their doubts the movie would ever be made
Cosy co-stars: During the interview, Margot’s co-star Ryan Gosling spoke about working with the actress on set and reveals she was fundamental in helping his inner Ken Doll
Margot also revealed the advice director and writer Greta gave her to get into character, by listening to an episode of This American Life
She explained: ‘I was like, Greta, I need to go on this whole character journey.
‘And Greta was like, “Oh, I have a really good podcast for you. You know how you have a voice in your head all the time? This woman, she doesn’t have that voice in her head.”‘
The cast is a who’s who of Hollywood powerhouses, with Will Ferrell playing the CEO of Mattel, and Helen Mirren as the narrator.
Marvel star Simu Liu, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, and Kate McKinnon star as inhabitants of Barbieland, while Rhea Perlman, America Ferrera, and Alexandra Shipp are also attached to the film.
Dua Lipa, who also plays one of the Barbies, will be releasing a hit written especially for the movie, MailOnline revealed.
Photos from the set of the film have been whetting the appetites of fans for over a year, and viewers got another official glimpse of what to expect in a new trailer.
Following an initial first teaser that paid homage to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, fans have now been given a proper look at the dazzling world of ‘Barbieland’.
In what appears to be a fish-out-of-water comedy, Margot’s Barbie is seen having fun with Ryan’s Ken in a hyper-real Barbie-inspired world – dubbed ‘Barbieland’ – where there are many iterations of the iconic dolls in existence.
Playing on the quirky premise of what the Mattel dolls would get up to if left to their own devices, the teaser features a comical scene between Ryan and Margot about spending the night together.
‘I thought I might stay over tonight,’ Ryan’s Ken asks Margot’s Barbie. ‘To do what?’ she replies innocently.
After a brief awkward pause he responds: ‘I’m not actually sure.’
However, their plastic-fantastic lives are turned upside down (quite literally) when they are seen traveling to the ‘real world’ in a car that spins up into the air.
Will Ferrell is also seen playing the CEO of the toy company as he somehow brings his figures to life, welcoming them into civilization.
The film is based on the fashion doll line by Mattel, where the CEO Mattell Ynon Kreiz said the company expected the Barbie product to continue growing, adding: ‘We couldn’t be more excited about Barbie’s long-term prospects.’
One to watch: Margot stars alongside Ryan as Ken Doll while Emma Mackey, Simi Lui and Kingsley Ben-Adir also featured in the film as various Barbies and Kens
The Barbie brand generated over £1 billion in gross sales last year and the doll turned 64 this week, first debuting the original on March 9, 1959.
Previously speaking of turning the iconic Barbie doll into a film, she told British Vogue in 2021: ‘It comes with a lot of baggage!’
‘And a lot of nostalgic connections. But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it.’
‘People generally hear “Barbie” and think, “I know what that movie is going to be,” and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, “Oh, well, maybe I don’t…”‘
For the full cover story, go to Vogue.com. The Barbie movie will be released in Australia on July 20 and the following day in the UK and US.