Prior to Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie had been moving up the ranks of Hollywood stardom, and for good reason. Besides being sexy and beautiful, she's managed to fill her characters with surprising levels of emotion. And as Harley Quinn, she has been in the forefront of what's becoming the growing role of female superheroes and anti-heroes, arriving on the scene along with such action heroines as Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Charlize Theron's Atomic Blonde.
"I don’t think it’s any secret that the industry is definitely gravitating towards female leads and giving the women a voice," Margot related to Collider. "And I think they’ve finally realized that women go to see movies as much as men do. Ticket sales are coming from them as well, so why not appeal to them?…I think the superhero platform gives the female character a relate-ability for the male audience as well."
It's for this reason, she feels, that female characters are becoming so prominent in films. Of course, at the same time, her character of Harley Quinn — who has just been announced to be costarring with Jared Leto's Joker in a spinoff film from Suicide Squad — offers up challenges in making her appeal to the audience. "Harley has an endearing quality even though she is technically one of the bad guys," she added in that same interview. "[But] how do you make someone likable when they’re doing horrible things? Definitely her soft spot for Joker seems to be something people relate to and empathize with. And it makes her more real.... So yeah, I think you definitely don’t need to be a good guy to win the audience over."
Well there's no doubt that Margot won us over a long time ago, and what follows is a guide to her TV and film work.
City Homicide: “Somersaulting Dogs” (2008)
An Australian series that is set in the homicide department of a Melbourne, Australia police. In this episode, Margot plays Caitlin Brentford. The plot has the team investigating the seeming suicide of a high school student found hanging.
Review With Myles Barlow: “Stealing, Dickheads, Rick” (2008)
In each episode of this Australian series, critic Myles Barlow (Phil Lloyd) takes on different aspects of life to review. Of this episode, in which Margot plays Kelly, IMDB comments, “Myles decides to find out what kind of rush he can get from stealing all kinds of things. He finds after the high from petty theft wears off he needs to move on to larger robberies to get that same high.”
The Elephant Princess (2008)
Margot appeared in two episodes of this series as the character Butterfly. The show itself is about a girl who suddenly realizes that she is the princess of a mystical kingdom.
Australian soap opera exploring the lives and relationships of the residents of Ramsay Street in Erinsborough. Margot appeared in 327 episodes as Donna Brown.
Following a vicious attack that claimed the life of his fiancee, a man trains himself in had to hand combat to fight crime. Margot plays Cassandra.
Three teenagers attempt to track down a voyeuristic killer, but it becomes a question of who is stalking who.
Pan Am (2011-12)
Period drama about the pilots and flight attendants who once made Pan Am the most glamorous way to fly. Margot plays Laura Cameron in all 14 episodes.
About Time (2013)
A time traveler, who can’t change history, nonetheless wants to try and make his life better by getting a girlfriend. Even after he meets Rachel McAdams’ Mary and falls in love, he finds that life doesn’t necessarily get easier. Margot plays Charlotte.
The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Set in 1987, this film chronicles the rise, life of excess and fall of Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his cronies. Margot plays Naomi Lapaglia
Suite Française (2014)
A lonely Frenchwoman (Michelle Williams) begins a romance with a German soldier (Matthew Schoenaerts) while her husband is away at war. Margot plays Celine Joseph.
With this one, Margot starts moving up the ranks in terms of the cast. She plays Jess, a newbie conwoman who is taken under the wing of Will Smith’s Nicky and trained in the art of the crime. They also connect romantically, end up going their separate ways and come back together unexpectedly three years later, each of them very different than they were.
Z For Zachariah (2015)
With most of the world’s population wiped out by a disaster, Margot finds herself find herself in the middle of a triangle between a miner (Chris Pine) and scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor).
The Big Short (2015)
Margot has an uncredited role in this Wall Street drama set in 2008 where a number of people plot to benefit financially just before an economic collapse in America.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
Margot is journalist Tanya Vanderpoel, who takes cable news producer Kim Barker (Tina Fey) under her wing in Afghanistan to protect her from various militants and warlords.
The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)
Nearly 10 years after leaving Africa for Victorian England, John Clayton III/Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) is drawn back into the jungle to save his wife, Jane (Margot Robbie), from King Leopold’s envoy, Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz).
Suicide Squad (2016)
A faction of U.S. intelligence puts together a group of supervillains for a top-secret mission that they’re not likely to return from. Members of the Suicide Squad include Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Screwing everything up is the Joker (Jared Leto), operating with his own agenda.
Wikipedia describes this forthcoing triller as follows: “Two hit men agree to take on a high risk mission for a mysterious employer and a large paycheck. Along the way they encounter a woman who may be more involved in their mission than they had realized.”