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“It’s extra-satisfying on a creative level,” says Margot Robbie as we sit down at her publicist’s Hollywood office to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast and begin discussing what it’s like to both produce and star in a movie. That’s precisely what the 27-year-old Australian did with I, Tonya, Craig Gillespie‘s terrific new dramedy about the controversial figure skater Tonya Harding, whom Robbie portrays — between the ages of 15 and 44, on and off the ice — in the performance of a lifetime. The new distributor Neon acquired the film shortly after its Toronto International Film Festival premiere in September and will begin rolling it out Dec. 8.
In addition to serving as a terrific showcase for Robbie, I, Tonya also announces the arrival of LuckyChap Entertainment, the production company that the actress, Tom Ackerley (the AD she married in 2016), Sophia Kerr (her best friend and assistant) and Josey McNamara (Ackerley’s friend) formed in 2014, shortly after Robbie rocketed to stardom in Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street. Three years later, she says, “We have a slate full of feature films [including the forthcoming Terminal and Dreamland, in which she also stars] and a TV department which we started earlier this year which has a bunch of projects, as well. It’s really flourishing, and it’s all happened a lot quicker than we’d expected.”
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LISTEN: You can hear the entire interview below, following a conversation between host Scott Feinberg and Kim Masters, a THR editor-at-large, about the barrage of sexual abuse accusations that are rocking Hollywood.
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