Where did Margot Robbie come from?
Well, Australia—we know that. But it seems as if one day she wasn’t on Hollywood’s radar and the next she was one of the most sought-after actresses around, with only the briefest of layovers in up-and-coming territory.
Her home nation was indeed keeping her to itself for awhile, particularly via a long run on the rite-of-passage soap opera Neighbours, past stomping ground for stars including Russell Crowe, Liam Hemsworth, Kylie Minogue, Ben Mendelsohn and Natalie Imbruglia. Robbie played Donna Brown from 2008 until 2011, when she moved to Los Angeles and was promptly cast in the short-lived ABC series Pan Am, one of numerous dramas that tried to cash in on the retro-glamour craze triggered by Mad Men.
But her short stint as a ’60s-era flight attendant led to Martin Scorsese casting her in The Wolf of Wall Street as “the duchess of Bay Ridge,” the eye-catching second wife of Leonardo DiCaprio‘s off-the-rails stockbroker—and that was that.