Actress Margot Robbie has taken issue with a new interview headline suggesting she supports Tonya Harding, the disgraced sportswoman she portrays in a new biopic, “100 per cent”
The Wolf of Wall Street star transformed her appearance to play the fallen figure skater in I, Tonya, which chronicles the real-life drama surrounding the attack on her fellow Olympian and ice rival Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan.
Harding was accused of concocting a scheme with her then-husband Jeff Gillooly and one of her bodyguards, Shawn Eckardt, to sabotage Kerrigan’s chances at that year’s Winter Olympics.
The incident spelled the end of Harding’s sporting career, but she has always denied any role in the ambush, and Margot appeared to support the one-time ice princess as she discussed her new project with W magazine.
Asked whether or not Margot believed Harding was innocent, she responded, “In the beginning [when she started the movie], I wasn’t really sure. There were things that didn’t add up. Facts were muddled. But the more I became Tonya, the more I saw things from her point of view.”
“I’m on her side 100 per cent,” she continued. “I don’t think she did anything but be different from what the world wanted. There are cool misfits, and then there is Tonya. She didn’t fit in. And I love that.”
The article in question, which was published online on Tuesday, 10 October was titled, ‘Margot Robbie Sides with Tonya Harding “100 Percent”: ‘She Was a Misfit’ – but the Australian beauty insists the headline is misleading
“That was really taken out of context,” the actress explained of her comments about Harding on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.
“Truly, I was saying how my job as an actor is to find my character’s point of view, and then believe that 100 per cent,” she said. “So I was like, in that way, when I started the project, looking at all the information and the facts, I didn’t really know what to make about it, and that’s kind of the cool thing about our script – you see everyone’s perspective on [the attack]. It contradicts each other all the time, but because I played Tonya, I’m like, ‘I’m 100 per cent on her side [while in character]…’ You have to believe what they’re saying is the absolutely truth, so you can deliver it with conviction.”
I, Tonya stars Sebastian Stan as Gillooly, Caitlin Carver as Kerrigan, and Allison Janney as Harding’s abusive mother, LaVona Harding.