January 9th, 2014
06:31 PM ET
It says something when an upcoming star manages not to be eclipsed by giants like Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese.
Although Margot Robbie probably signed on to Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," which stars DiCaprio as stock swindler Joradan Belfort, hoping to just get some of their shine to rub off, she accomplished much more than that.
With "Wolf," Robbie is turning into a breakout star with her role as the on-screen hustler's sexy, scheming second wife, Naomi. While you'll hear a lot about her role because of the nudity, it's really how she played it that's caught so much attention. (For starters, the 23-year-old Australian pulls off a strong Brooklyn accent.)
As Robbie tells IndieWire, the nudity in "Wolf" is "warranted."
"There are scripts that I pick up and say, 'There's no reason why she's getting her clothes off, that's just stupid, it’s just nudity for the sake of nudity.' That I do not agree with, ever," she said. "But when the nudity is warranted, I totally agree with it, and don't think there's anything shameful in that. ... In this case, [sex is] Naomi's power ... That's her form of currency in a world of millionaires when she comes from nothing. The only way of creating a better life for herself and getting what she wants is the fact that she's aware of this sexual power she has over men, and especially over Jordan."
The glitch in signing up for all of that "warranted" nakedness? Having to lie to her family about it. She admitted to Jimmy Kimmel on his talk show Tuesday that she initially fibbed about just how revealing her new gold-mine of a role really is.
"That was a small point of contention with my family," Robbie said. "I just flat-out lied to my family for a really long time. I said, 'I don't care what you hear, I'm not doing any nudity. There's no nudity. Ignore anything anyone's saying.'"
Eventually, of course, her family would be able to see the film - and figure out that yeah, actually, there is a lot of nudity. So Robbie came up with a more elaborate cover story: it was just a body double, she claimed, with her head CGI'd on top of it.
"They totally bought it," she said. "Eventually I came clean, and was like, 'I'm doing nudity, but read the book first.'"
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