During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Margot Robbie revealed she looks to the animal kingdom for cinematic inspiration. At the recommendation of her movement trainer, Robbie matches her characters to appropriate animals. “It’s helpful because you do all this research, read all these books, and watch all these movies, and get all the facts about real-life people at that time,” she told Clarkson. “Sometimes your head gets so bogged down with statistics and facts and history, but if you just go back to the animal then you can just be really, really instinctive.”
For her performance as Nellie LaRoy in “Babylon,” Robbie specifically channeled an octopus and a honey badger. For the latter creature, Robbie cited the scene where she eats starved as well as the snake fight scene. “The snake fight scene, that’s all honey badger,” she said, noting the rowdy animal’s tendency to go head-to-head with snakes and lions. “You really have a thick skin and [Nelly] fights everything and everyone in the blink of an eye and [she’s] playful.”
Robbie admitted she’s been using her animal technique for years. “It’s something that I actually started doing when I was on ‘I, Tonya,'” she revealed. “I was a pit bull [for ‘I, Tonya’] because they’re very misunderstood… I wanted the character to feel like the world was coming its way all the time. But then she’s a mustang on the ice, like a wild horse.” Fans will have to wait to know which animal inspired Robbie’s performance in the upcoming Barbie.