Fame comes at a price, Margot Robbie found.
The Australian actress, who skyrocketed to worldwide fame after playing Harley Quinn in the DC superhero flick Suicide Squad, says the role has its own pitfalls. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Robbie reveals that she has to spend more time and resources on personal security due to the increasing number of stalkers and death threats she receives.
“There’s just all this stuff you learn along the way, like, when you get those death threats, it’s [smart] to have a security team do a background check on whoever sent them to see if there is any past history of violence because you’ll need to know whether you need security to go to certain events,” she says. “And every time you do a background check, it’s going to cost $2,000, so take that into consideration when you’re getting yourself into this.”
Robbie believes actors should be advised on “the worst-case scenario of how big and scary it can get” before signing on to comic-book films or other major projects, as it could change their whole career trajectory. “It’s like, ‘OK, that’s a different kind of career.’ Because then you need to always do a job that can financially support that lifestyle; you can’t just do indie films for the rest of your life because that film back there changed everything and now you have to be able to afford security.”
The 27-year-old adds, “I just wish someone had explained a lot of those things to me early on. I wouldn’t have resented the position I found myself in because I would’ve known what I was getting myself into.”