Margot Robbie's role as bad girl Harley Quinn in the DC films shot her to a new, scary level of fame.
Since playing the Joker's female counterpart in the first "Suicide Squad" movie, which has a sequel and at least two Harley-centric spinoffs in the works, the Aussie actress has had to deal with a new kind of attention: stalkers and death threats. While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, she said she wished somebody -- like an agent, manager or studio exec -- had prepared or warned her ahead of time about the side effects of starring in a blockbuster.
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"There's just all this stuff you learn along the way, like, when you get those death threats, it's [smart] to have a security team do a background check on whoever sent them to see if there is any past history of violence because you'll need to know whether you need security to go to certain events," she told the publication. "And every time you do a background check, it's going to cost $2,000, so take that into consideration when you're getting yourself into this."
"And it's like, 'OK, that's a different kind of career.' Because then you need to always do a job that can financially support that lifestyle; you can't just do indie films for the rest of your life because that film back there changed everything and now you have to be able to afford security," she continued. "I just wish someone had explained a lot of those things to me early on. I wouldn't have resented the position I found myself in because I would've known what I was getting myself into."
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That being said, her A-list problems are in stark contrast to her humble beginnings in Australia, which she also described to the magazine.
"Breaking a plate or spilling the milk was a big deal at our house. It was like, 'Well, now we don't have milk for the week,' and it put a lot of strain on everyone," she explained. "Whereas if you broke a plate at a friend's house, it was like, 'Don't worry, we'll buy a new one.' It was happy and calm, and I was like, 'Oh, I want to make sure I have that.'"
Now that it seems like she does have that, Robbie told THR she's making it her goal to not "burn hard and fast and then disappear" with her career. Her goal, in three words: "Quality, versatility and longevity."
Robbie is up for a Golden Globe Award for her work as Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya." Be sure to check out TooFab on Sunday, January 8 for full coverage of this year's show!