Actress Margot Robbie recently sat down with Vogue for a new interview. The timing of the interview is closer to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but took place on the set of Birds of Prey – and the Harley-led picture frames the whole discussion, coming up a few times throughout, offering some interesting looks behind the scenes of the movie.
Throughout the interview, it becomes obvious that Robbie isn’t just playing Harley – she’s juggling a ton of producer duties behind the scenes. Robbie confirms she pitched the film as an R-rated flick, adding, “I think there’s a perception that a PG female-led action film is kind of considered a chick flick.” The MPAA rating board can be notoriously fickle about ratings, but if you want an R, it isn’t difficult to reach.
Robbie said that Birds of Prey‘s $75M is the biggest budget her production company, LuckyChap, has ever dealt with. At the time of the interview, Robbie said that “we’re on schedule and on budget, which is a wonderful place to be.”
And while Harley’s Suicide Squad costume might’ve been iconic enough to make it to the shelves of every Halloween Superstore in the lower 48, one of the most interesting comments comes in regards to Harley’s wardrobe in this film. Robbie wasn’t shooting on the day of the visit, but she was trying on costumes for the next day’s scenes, and the interviewer noted the changes made from Suicide Squad to Robbie and the movie’s lead costume designer. “That’s what happens when you have a female producer, director, writer,” said costume designer Erin Benach. “Yeah, it’s definitely less male gaze-y,” added Robbie.
The entire article is worth a read and goes more in-depth into Robbie’s future productions as well as what she looks for in roles.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will hit theaters on Feb. 7, 2020.