Gold Coast girl Margot Robbie sure has made a name for herself. Her career-making role in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, catapulted her into Hollywood’s spotlight, all traces of Neighbours forgotten. Now, the actress is on the cover of US Vogue. Has she made it? We think so.

Her upcoming film, in which she stars opposite True Blood hottie Alexander Skarsgård (sounds like a tough job), is action-adventure film The Legend of Tarzan. Also due for release in the next few months is Suicide Squad, with Jared Leto.

Talking to US Vogue, Margot is candid and relatable. She’s also down-to-earth but that’s such an overused term when it comes to describing Aussie’s in Hollywood. According to writer Jonathan Van Meter (who ends their conversation with Margot giving him a tattoo…) she suggested the interview begin at a trapeze class. Fun!

Read the full interview, Tarzan’s Margot Robbie on Why She’s No Damsel in Distress, at vogue.com. Words by Jonathan Van Meter, photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

Highlights from the interview below…

On playing a gold-digging sex kitten in The Wolf of Wall Street…

“When I first read it, I thought, I have nothing in common with her. I hate her. It was a really tricky one to get my head around. But her motivation was ‘You guys are doing it—why shouldn’t I? It’s this man’s world, and I’m going to get mine.’ And I understand that.”

On playing Jane in The Legend of Tarzan…

“There’s no way I was going to play the damsel in distress,” she says. But then she read the script. “It just felt very epic and big and magical in some way. I haven’t done a movie like that. The Harry Potter films could have been really cheesy, but David Yates made them into something dark and cool and real—plus it was shooting in London, and I, on a whim, had just signed a lease on a house there.”

 

On boyfriend of two years Tom Ackerley…

“I was the ultimate single gal. The idea of relationships made me want to vomit. And then this crept up on me. We were friends for so long. I was always in love with him, but I thought, Oh, he would never love me back. Don’t make it weird, Margot. Don’t be stupid and tell him that you like him. And then it happened, and I was like, Of course we’re together.”

On faking it…

“The whole fake-it-till-you-make-it thing has really worked out for me. The more times you do that, the more you realize that no one really knows what they’re doing; everyone’s kind of figuring it out or pretending they know until they do know. And you can apply that to anything—you just have to hustle.”