Margot Robbie is a huge Quentin Tarantino fan and has been for years. And when she became an actress, Robbie wanted nothing more than to work with the esteemed director in whatever capacity or role. However, instead of approaching Tarantino straight on, or even auditioning, the actress chose to take a different route which led to a spooky coincidence and an eventual casting.
The Barbie famed actress starred in her first Tarantino film in 2019, the acclaimed Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. While she received praise for her portrayal, the actress got the role thanks to a letter she wrote to the director.
The Spooky Coincidence That Made Quentin Tarantino Cast Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie starred as Sharon Tate, a real-life actress and wife of director Roman Polanski in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Despite limited dialogues and less screen time, the actress earned widespread praise for her portrayal.
During an interview with Vogue, the actress revealed how she was a big fan of the director and wanted to write him a letter once she was ‘good enough’.
“I’ve always been a huge—huge—Tarantino fan. I love his movies. Love them.”
She finally felt she was good enough for the director after having watched the first cut of her movie, I, Tonya.
“So I wrote him and said, ‘I adore your films, and I would love to work with you in some capacity. Or any capacity.'”
Apparently, Tarantino had just finished writing the script of their 2019 movie and was being asked by his friends already if he would be casting Robbie for the role of Tate. And so to get her letter was a spooky enough coincidence that ended up convincing him to contact the actress. Soon enough, she was on his kitchen table, reading the script for over four hours.
Margot Robbie Defends Working With Quentin Tarantino
Before they began working together, the #MeToo movement was at a surge, when Tarantino and actress Uma Thurman‘s feud was brought up to the public. Margot Robbie, who started her own female-driven production company, was criticized by some fans for her morality as a known feminist.
However, the actress defended herself during her talk with Vogue, revealing that she too was apprehensive about the project but seeing Tarantino accepting his mistake, apologizing, and being transparent about his and Thurman’s relationship helped her decide to work with him.
“But the thought definitely crossed my mind, like, Will people view this decision as conflicting with what I’m doing on the producing side?”
She then added on,
“It was my lifelong dream [to work with Tarantino], and I got to do it, and it makes me sad if people might hold that against me despite everything else I’m doing.”
Stated Robbie while expressing her gratitude for being in a position of power that allowed her greater creative control, unlike the majority of female artists and industry workers.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood can be streamed on Amazon Prime.