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Margot Robbie Hints at Taking a Break from Acting after "Barbie"


Sat 13 Jan 2024 | 12:03 PM
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Margot Robbie has shared she might be taking a break from acting and stepping behind the camera more regularly instead.

In an interview with Deadline, Robbie, who produced the blockbuster movie Barbie and played its titular character, has said that she might “disappear” from screens for a while because “Everybody is probably sick of the sight of me” after the massive success of the movie, which was the highest-grossing film of 2023.

The actress, whose breakout role was in the 2013 movie Wolf of Wall Street, established her production company LuckyChap in 2014.

The company has produced Emerald Fennell movies "Saltburn" and "Promising Young Woman" as well the "Suicide Squad" spin-off "Birds of Prey" (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)".

After the massive success of "Barbie", which saw the actress’ face on billboards worldwide, Robbie started to think it might be too soon to star in another blockbuster.

“Everyone’s like, ‘Are you having a break?’ And I’m like, ‘You do know I’m a producer, right? We don’t get a break,’” she said.

Robbie added, “I also think everyone’s probably sick of the sight of me for now. I should probably disappear from screens for a while,”.

“Honestly, if I did another movie too soon, people would say, ‘Her again? We just did a whole summer with her. We’re over it.’ I don’t know what I’ll do next, but I hope it’s a little while away,”.

At the Golden Globes on Sunday, "Barbie" was awarded the inaugural Cinematic and Box Office Achievement, a category created to recognize movies that both “garnered extensive global audience support and attained cinematic excellence”. 

The movie contributed more than £80 million to the UK economy and created 685 jobs. The majority of the movie was filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire, London, where director Greta Gerwig created the intricate Barbieland sets.

In written evidence to MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee as part of its British film and high-end TV inquiry, Warner Bros stated last year: “During its production in the UK, it contributed over £80m in direct spend to the local economy, created 685 jobs, involved over 6,000 extras, supported 754 local businesses, paid over £40m in local wages.

“It has also generated over £95m in box office revenues in the UK alone. As such the benefit of attracting such productions are that they are net positive for the UK.”