BANG! NEWS – Margot Robbie was told to get a dialect coach when she joined Neighbours because she sounded too Australian.
The 29-year-old actress – who was born and raised in Queensland – shot into the limelight in 2008 when she landed the role of Donna Freedman in the Australian soap, based in Melbourne, but she has admitted producers weren’t too impressed with her accent when she first started.
Speaking to Vogue magazine, in which she was interviewed by director Quentin Tarantino, she said, “I am a Queenslander, and my accent was so Australian that Neighbours hired a dialect coach to make me sound less Australian.
“So that was all part of the process of moving to America. Before that the idea of being in Hollywood, I did think you had to be born into it or had to know someone in the industry.”
And, although she managed to crack America fairly quickly, Margot doesn’t think the blockbusters she’s starred in are any more “important” than working on Neighbours.
She said, “There’s no specific timeline. That’s the magic of Hollywood. Everything can change so quickly. I couldn’t say Wolf of Wall Street was better than my time on Neighbours. It’s all been so exciting.”