The stunning transformation of Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie, one of Hollywood's most glamorous starlets, achieved huge success by a young age. Unstoppable at the box office, Robbie, who truly broke out in the entertainment industry with 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street when she was 23 years old, has worked hard to achieve her current status. Known not just for her remarkable beauty, this quick-witted actress is a force to be reckoned with.

Vanity Fair called the summer of 2016, "the summer of Margot Robbie," as her films Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan were released at that time. But we have no doubt that Robbie will continue impress audiences everywhere with her big-screen performances for years to come. So, let's take a closer look at the stunning transformation of Robbie. From growing up on a farm in Australia to landing the cover of nearly every magazine, Robbie has seemingly done it all. And we're sure we'll continue to see her grow as she furthers her career in the entertainment industry.

Margot Robbbie knew what she wanted from a young age

Margot Robbie grew up in a very loving family. Raised by a single mom, Robbie shared her admiration for her mother with Vogue. "I adore my mother...She's the most pure-hearted, divine human being." And even though she didn't have much growing up, Robbie knew what she wanted for herself in the future.

She told the magazine, "I went to a school where all of my friends were very well-off...and I went to their houses a lot, and so I knew what it looked like to be rich but I didn't have it, so I was like: OK — I know exactly what I want." And the first thing on the list: a new spelling of her name. "I always said, 'Mom — there was a really cool way of spelling my name, and you picked the boring way that gets everyone confused. They forget the T or call me Mar-got." But with the drive she had at a young age, there's no doubt everyone would know her name soon enough.

Margot Robbie is a farm girl at heart

Margot Robbie's upbringing is not one many would expect. She spent most of her youth on her grandparents' farm on Australia's Gold Coast, according to Yahoo! Canada. And even though we always see Robbie looking fabulous on each and every red carpet, that's not where she feels most at home. The website cited an interview Robbie gave for her former Aussie soap Neighbours' website and noted that the actress prefers to be "surfing, or out on the farm hunting wild pigs, building cubbies out in the paddocks, or riding around on motorbikes."

Would she want to wear a dress while doing this? Not even a little bit. In another interview with Neighbours in 2009, the star spoke about her fashion picks. "I guess I'm more casual, a bit more boyish. I don't really like the girly-girly look so much." And Robbie was rarely looking to slow down. She said in 2008, "If I'm not at home I have to be at the beach surfing...I bought my first board at a garage sale when I was about ten. I also love jet skiing and snowboarding...And I'm a real rev-head. I love V8 cars" (via Yahoo! Canada). Need proof of her thrill-seeking? She was the official Nissan Electric Vehicle Ambassador in 2017.

Margot Robie worked hard for her money

Margot Robbie knew from a young age what she wanted: to be an actress. After completing year 12 at Australia's Somerset College, the then 17-year-old hopeful cold-called Grundy Television Australia — the production company for the hit soap opera Neighbours. And she got the job.

But don't think this magically happened without effort. Although young when her first big break happened in 2008, Robbie had already put in the work at other jobs too. During an interview with ACTU, the starlet ran down a list of her past jobs. "I think I've had every kind of job," she said. "Before Neighbours, I was working at Subway. I've worked in restaurants behind the bar, in the kitchen. I did retail for two years. I've done some secretary work."

Making it to America was Margot Robbie's goal

Even though her role on Neighbours was a huge success, Margot Robbie had bigger plans for herself, and she worked hard to make them a reality. While filming the soap opera, Robbie used her free time to work with a dialogue coach on perfecting her American accents.

As she described to The Sydney Morning Herald, "I thought, 'I'm going to use this time on Neighbours to save my money, have my ducks lined up.' So I found a better agent in Melbourne, and said, 'This is what I want to do — I want to go to America. How should we execute this plan?"

Margot Robbie's big move to the States

In 2011, Margot Robbie left her soap opera stardom on Neighbours and was ready to make the leap to Hollywood. Although a scary moment, this was the time Robbie had been long planning for. As she told The Sydney Morning Herald, "Every move has been carefully planned, it's been really strategic...When people write articles, they talk about [an] 'overnight sensation' — it's been anything but. It feels like it's been a long process."

The 20-year-old Robbie arrived in Los Angeles just in time for pilot season with her savings from Neighbours, which she described in the interview as, "Enough, in case I was unemployed for three years." She landed her next big role in the ABC television show Pan Am, which was cancelled in 2012 after just one season. After this, Robbie had a few more roles pop up, but it was the summer of 2012 when speculation about a new role for Robbie came to fruition. It was a role that would become a reality and would bring Robbie to an intense fame she couldn't have imagined.

Margot Robbie became a woman of Wall Street

Margot Robbie eventually landed an audition for the Martin Scorsese movie The Wolf of Wall Street. She was brought in to audition with leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, but the audition didn't go quite as planned. Robbie later described the meeting with Harper's Bazaar UK (via People), saying, "In my head I was like, 'You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don't do something impressive, nothing will ever come of it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance, just take it'...And so I start screaming at him [Leo] and he's yelling back at me." The scene was an intense fight between husband and wife.

She continued, "So I walk up really close to his face and then I'm like, Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever? But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, 'Whack!' I hit him in the face ... And that's not in the script at all. The room just went dead silent and I froze." But it seems the slap was what ended up getting Robbie the role. She stayed in character, and it paid off.

Robbie originally wasn't the biggest fan of her role, but she eventually embraced just how fierce her character, Naomi Lapaglia, really was. Speaking with Elle, the 23-year-old at the time said, "By the time we got to shooting, I loved her. She's a bada** who's making lemonade — with no f**king lemons."

Margot Robbie learned the downside to being famous

While The Wolf of Wall Street was a huge moment for Margot Robbie, not all effects of her new fame were good. She was very aware of her family throughout the transition and how they were dealing with her new life. Speaking with Elle, Robbie opened up about the difficult times and her frustrations. "The worst bit is people making things up about you and printing absolute lies," she said.

At the time, it was rumored that the 23-year-old was having affairs with Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith, with whom she was shooting a new film. She addressed the rumors upfront, saying, "No — none of that's true ... But my family doesn't know that they're just allowed to print what they want." The rumors affected her family in unexpected ways. Robbie noted, "My grandmother is embarrassed to go to church because the whole town is gossiping — and that absolutely breaks my heart."

Margot Robbie has never been afraid to speak her mind

Margot Robbie has not been afraid to speak her mind on certain topics. After taking on the intense role in The Wolf of Wall Street, she opened up about her thoughts on nudity in film and why she was okay with it in that particular movie. She spoke with The Telegraph, saying, "I think nudity for the sake of nudity is shameful ... If they've put it in just so that a girl gets her top off, then that's disgusting. And you can always tell ... But I also think it's disgusting when someone would have [gotten] naked in real life, [but] in the film they conveniently leave their bra on, or hold up the bed sheet."

She stayed true to the role and knew what she had to do in order to fully become her character. She said, "The whole point of Naomi is that her body is her only form of currency in this world. So when Marty [Scorsese] was trying to help me out, and said in the scene where she seduces Jordan, perhaps I could have a robe on, I said she wouldn't. She has to be naked. She's laying her cards on the table." And Robbie's not looking back. She continued on to say that the decision to take on that role was one she'll "never regret."

Margot Robbie's no damsel in distress

After the Scorsese movie hype, Margot Robbie tackled more roles, showing audiences she can take on many different characters. But what's one of her biggest rules when taking on a role? "There's no way I was going to play the damsel in distress," she told Vogue. At the time of that interview, Robbie was specifically referencing her initial thoughts on her role of Jane in The Legend of Tarzan. But she soon realized her Jane wouldn't be that girl. Instead, the actress recalled, "It just felt very epic and big and magical in some way. I haven't done a movie like that."

This wouldn't be the only movie in which Robbie would challenge herself. She then took on the much-anticipated role of Harley Quinn in the 2016 film Suicide Squad. She described the character during the same interview, saying, "She doesn't even have superpowers ... She's just a psychopath who runs around gleefully killing people — she finds joy in causing mayhem, which makes her weirdly endearing and fun to watch." At that point, there was no doubt Robbie had the chops to handle any character who came her way. She continues to bring her unique style to each film, gifting audiences a new favorite character, every single time.

Margot Robbie was the ultimate bachelorette, until...

Face it. Margot Robbie is pretty much a pro at everything she does. She's smart, funny, and talented ... so it should come as no surprise that she's also taken. And the only person that news seemed to surprise was Robbie herself! As she told Vogue, "I was the ultimate single gal. The idea of relationships made me want to vomit. And then this crept up on me. We were friends for so long. I was always in love with him [Tom Ackerley], but I thought, 'Oh, he would never love me back. Don't make it weird, Margot. Don't be stupid and tell him that you like him.' And then it happened, and I was like, 'Of course we're together. This makes so much sense, the way nothing has ever made sense before.'"

Robbie met her future beau on the set of the World War II drama Suite Française, where he was third assistant director, in 2013. They started dating in 2014, and the rest is history. People later reported that, at the end of 2016, the two lovebirds married in a secret wedding ceremony. Robbie even shared a couple of Instagram posts along the way, seemingly confirming the news.

Margot Robbie became an Oscar-nominated actress

Margot Robbie made a smart career move when she signed on to portray figure skater Tonya Harding, who gained infamy for her alleged role in the attack on rival athlete Nancy Kerrigan, in the 2017 film I, Tonya. The movie was certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, having earned rave reviews from critics. Of Robbie's performance, one reviewer for Vulture said, "[Margot] Robbie's screen presence makes her seem, at first blush, more suited to play Kerrigan. But just a few minutes into I, Tonya, I found myself captivated by the anger and blunt physicality that define Robbie's performance."

Given the film's positive reception, there's little wonder that Robbie was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in a leading role — her first-ever Oscar nomination! Though she missed out on winning the award (it went to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star Frances McDormand), it certainly marked how Robbie's career was on the rise.

Margot Robbie has a bright future ahead of her

Margot Robbie has proven time and time again that she's an actress to watch out for on the big screen — and one who can transform into nearly any character! After surprising fans with her changed appearance as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya and as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, Robbie continued to push the limits on her abilities to evolve into whole other people. For instance, she underwent a dramatic transformation when taking on Queen Elizabeth I in 2018's Mary Queen of Scots — pale skin, bright red hair, and all!

But given her past accomplishments on the silver screen, Margot Robbie — whose 2019 projects included playing late actress Sharon Tate, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — clearly has more ahead of her. All we have to do is wait for her movies to hit our local theaters to see just how far she'll go.