Margot Robbie: “I was scared to call myself a feminist”

Margot Robbie
Actress Margot Robbie has opened up about identifying as a feminist, starting a company and being a positive role model for girls. 

The Suicide Squad star also said she started her own company in order to ‘produce nothing but badass female-driven content’.

Speaking to Vogue Australia, Robbie said starting her own production company, LuckyChap, was about making decisions and sharing her opinion.

“I feel like I’ve been in the business long enough now watching other people make those decisions.

It’s enormously satisfying to build something and to be part of something and to take control of my career.”

When asked if she considers herself to be a feminist, the Focus actress said that whilst she identifies as a feminist, a couple of years ago she admitted to being ‘almost scared to say it’.

“I was almost scared to say I was because it had so many negative connotations, like: ‘If you’re a feminist, you hate men.’

I’ve been listening to a lot of TED Talks lately on new-wave feminism and it’s not about hating men, and men can be feminists too.

My favourite definition of a feminist is ‘any person who believes in gender equality in a social, emotional, financial respect’,

…and that means Tom’s a feminist, I’m a feminist.”

Robbie continued to give advice to young girls, and said she wanted to visit schoolgirls on her next visit to Australia. “I just want to say to young people that [success] is not as far away as it seems.

I didn’t know anyone in the industry; it can totally happen,” she stated.

“I would like to do something like that to say something to the younger generation.

To say: ‘You do have to work really hard, you have to work really, really, really hard, but if you want it badly enough, you can totally make it happen.’”

Touching on the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the actress praised the women who came forward and others for coming up with solutions.

“To me, when I think of women, I think the word that sums up women so well but isn’t used as often as it should be is ‘resilient’,” she explained.

“Women are so resilient and I think the response to the whole Weinstein situation kind of proved that.”

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