Margot Robbie Wanted To Quit Acting After Her Biggest Movie

Margot Robbie considered quitting Hollywood after the increased fame that came with Wolf of Wall Street.

By Mark McKee | Published

Fame is a fickle friend, sometimes, it will treat you well and give you all the royals and riches of a life that many people strive for, and other times it will pull you into a machine with promises of the above, chew you up, and spit you out like a used kitchen rag. You don’t have to look far to find examples of both, people like Tom Cruise going from being the most lauded actor in Hollywood to jumping on Oprah’s couch, or up-and-coming stars like Lindsay Lohan going from Mean Girls to Jail Girls due to the pressures of the industry. According to an interview with Vanity Fair, Margot Robbie navigated the same thing when the then 22-year-old actress considered leaving the industry after her splash in The Wolf of Wall Street

If you have seen Martin Scorcese’s biopic chronicling the rise and fall of Wall Street swindler Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street, you likely remember the moment you laid eyes on the Australian beauty who stole the attention from Hollywood heavy hitters like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Jon Bernthal. From the moment she appeared on screen in that blue dress, audiences shared DiCaprio’s obsession, how an entire room disappears around her, and how every single ounce of attention from anyone in her vicinity gravitated toward her.

Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie in Wolf of Wall Street

Yes, that was the moment that Margot Robbie arrived in Hollywood, and that was also nearly the moment that she turned and walked away. In the interview with Vanity Fair, the actress talked about how the attention could be more than just trying for her but dangerous for her family. 

She spoke about the business by claiming that the highs are really high and the lows are really low, which one can see when looking at the above examples of Cruise and Lohan; the mental health impact of having people chase you around town simply to get a photo of you in the middle of life’s most mundane moments must take its toll.

Margot Robbie describes having figured out how to navigate Hollywood’s ups and downs and avoid fans and paparazzi by stealthily moving through airports, but also talks about the dangers of people following her around has on her family. She uses examples of her mother possibly dying in a car accident while the paparazzi chase her down on the way to the grocery store or someone knocking her nephew off his bike. 

All in all, it seems that Margot Robbie has, like she said, figured out how to succeed in Hollywood. Her filmography went from starring alongside big names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, and Alexander Skarsgaard to anchoring one of the only successful characters from Zack Snyder‘s Snyderverse within the DCEU.

Her work has steadily risen to be some of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood, from portraying Tanya Harding in I, Tonya, to at one point being on board to take over the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise from the troubled Johnny Depp. In any case, with everything she has given fans since her explosion onto the scene in The Wolf of Wall Street, we are all glad she didn’t let the industry beat her.