Margot Robbie Has The Bizarre Power To Move At A Higher Frame Rate In Real Life

Barbie director Greta Gerwig says Margot Robbie can somehow move at a different frame rate than other people.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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Barbie star Margot Robbie has been wowing us for years, from her big breakthrough in The Wolf of Wall Street to her Academy Award-nominated performances in I, Tonya and Bombshell. A woman of many talents and the ability to flawlessly jump from genre to genre, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star dazzled the director of her latest film Barbie when Greta Gerwig asked her to move at a higher frame rate during a scene. As Gerwig explained to Vanity Fair, she was giving instructions to Robbie for her to move at half the speed as the rest of the cast with the Birds of Prey actress giving it a quick thought and then busting it out as if it was no big deal.

“I wanted to capture Margot in slow motion but have everything else move fast,” the Golden Globe-nominated Gerwig explains, saying that she approached her Barbie star, asking Margot Robbie if she would be able to “move at 48 frames per second, even though we’re shooting in 24 per second.” Gerwig says that Robbie then “did some calculation behind her eyes,” before going straight into the scene, moving “at a higher frame rate.” Singing the praise of her leading lady, Gerwig went on to say, “I don’t know what category that goes into other than magic.”

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Audiences have been dying with anticipation to unbox any information tossed their way about Greta Gerwig’s upcoming sci-fi comedic take on the iconic Mattel toy. Since catching that first glimpse of Barbie stars Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie roller skating their way around Venice Beach while wearing the brightest colors known to man, excitement has only been growing to see what Gerwig has come up with this time. Most recently, a trailer was dropped, giving us more insight into the Little Women director’s satirical vision for a story that we didn’t know we needed.

In Barbie, Margot Robbie stars as one of the titular dolls taking over the world one smile and wink at a time. She and the rest of her peers live in the magical and colorful world of Barbieland before Robbie’s doll is ejected for not being as uniformly perfect as the rest. Realizing that the world is a much bigger place than she’s been led to believe, Barbie sets out on a journey full of discovery and self-love.

The trailer was a campy dream packed with comedy in the most Gerwigian (we’re making that a word) way possible. In Barbie, not only will Margot Robbie star as the blonde-bombshell children’s toy, but she’ll be joined by Issa Rae and Hari Nef as other iterations, with Ryan Gosling’s Ken joined in glossy handsomeness by Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Ncuti Gatwa. Will Ferrell will be playing the villainous CEO of Mattel, with a star-studded ensemble cast set to include Kate McKinnon, America Ferrera, Ariana Greenblatt, Michael Cera, Emma Mackey, Alexandra Shipp, Rhea Perlman, and so many others. 

While we already knew she was a master at dead-pan, breaking the fourth wall, and nailing every role that’s been passed her way, our love for Barbie’s Margot Robbie went through the roof with this latest behind-the-scenes tidbit from Greta Gerwig. This week may be all about the snow and ice, but things will be heating up this summer when the film hits theaters on July 21, 2023. Although we wish we could tell you that the scene in question was a music video spoof for Aqua’s “Barbie Girl,” the song will sadly be missing from the feature-length film.