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Sexism 'naturally ingrained' in film industry - Robbie


Margot Robbie with Nicole Kidman in Bombshell

Margot Robbie with Nicole Kidman in Bombshell

Margot Robbie with Nicole Kidman in Bombshell

Margot Robbie has said that she will sometimes be overlooked as a producer and that people will talk to her male colleagues, rather than her.

The Hollywood star said that, while she rarely has sexist statements directed at her, she does see inherent sexism in subconscious undertones, particularly when producing.

"It's naturally ingrained in people - even if you are the one who should be dictating the decisions - that they turn to the closest, eldest male in the room and direct the question at them," the Oscar-nominated actress said.

"It's just an inherent thing everyone has got in their DNA."

Robbie, who has produced films including I, Tonya, Terminal and her new movie Birds Of Prey, added: "When people are asking the question and I have the answer and they so readily will turn to my producing partners, who are guys, and will ask them. 'It's a finance thing so I will ask the guy'.

"And they are like: 'Actually she is the one with the answer, you should ask her!'

Robbie (29) said that she thinks people "really want to embrace the idea of equality" and that "they are a little shocked they hadn't before, and they didn't have that mindset and they weren't conscious of it".


The Australian actress, who rose to fame in the soap Neighbours more than 10 years ago, said that she still sometimes deals with "impostor syndrome", and that she does not deserve her career successes.

She said that she would like to be able to tell her younger self to have less self doubt.

"I would want to tell her, 'you are actually good enough'," Robbie said.

"The biggest thing for me was I had this impostor syndrome.

"I still get it sometimes and think everyone will realise: 'How did you get here? You are not good enough for this? Who let you in?'"

Robbie, who is nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Bombshell, and who received a best actress nod in 2018 for I, Tonya, will next reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn in DC Comics film Birds Of Prey.