Margot Robbie had an incredible career start when she teamed up with megastars Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith. But when it came to Smith, even Robbie’s family thought the two stars were getting too close for comfort.
Smith and Robbie met under interesting circumstances for the 2015 feature focus. After a messy journey where her luggage got lost, Robbie admitted she didn’t exactly look good on her focus Audition. When Smith saw how Robbie presented himself, he had only one thought in mind.
“‘Wow, she really doesn’t want this job,'” he recalled in an interview with Collider. “She went to a lot of trouble not to get that job.”
But Robbie would eventually land the role alongside Smith, with the two developing chemistry almost immediately.
“You can’t create chemistry. Either you have it or you don’t have it. And when she walked in, it was really palpable,” Smith said.
There was a kind of chemistry that surprised Robbie too.
“None of us really expected that,” she once said in an interview with The National Student. “But for some reason we just hit it off as soon as we walked into the room and that continued throughout the shoot, making every scene exciting and fun. It’s not really something you can make, so it wasn’t forced or planned, it just already existed, which was handy.”
Because of their on-screen chemistry and friendship, rumors circulated around the internet that Robbie and Smith were more than just friends. At one point, even Robbie’s own family was swayed by the rumor mill, wondering if anything was going on between her and the superstar. But Robbie insisted there was no intimacy between them.
“It really came out of nowhere and nothing,” Robbie said in a 2012 interview with the LA Times. “But even my mom says, ‘Margot, next time you’re at a party, be careful.’ ‘Mummy! We didn’t even go to a party! We are at work. We weren’t drunk. We were on set between scenes!’”
Robbie also experienced similar rumors with her Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Which suggested the speculation surrounding her and Smith was just part of the film business.
“It’s inevitable,” Robbie continued. “A while ago they put pictures in the magazines saying Leo and I were on a balcony in Miami. I am not. It is a 6-foot Ukrainian model. Really, I could lock myself in a dark room for the rest of my life and they could still say I’m having an affair with someone.”
Since Robbie has worked with both Smith and DiCaprio, many were curious what it would be like for a new actor to work with the two. But Robbie found it difficult to compare the two.
“I can not answer that! I can’t win either way,” Robbie once said at a press conference, according to the Express.
Still, Robbie was able to make a kind of comment about her co-stars’ similarities.
“They actually have a few things in common. They have extremely cute, um, profiles,” she joked.
But Smith, also curious, quipped that he wanted Robbie to give a more definitive answer.
“Well, one of those profiles was bigger than the other,” he said.
Aside from that, Robbie also commended Smith and DiCaprio for the generosity they showed behind the scenes.
“Both are polite to everyone on set,” she continued. “It just goes to show that if someone in their position can behave like that and be that decent, nobody can be an ass!”
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