At the ripe old age of 27, Margot Robbie has already starred in a slew of award-winning films, started her own production company, and is widely presumed to be a front-runner for the Best Actress award at the 2018 Oscars for her role as villainous ice skater Tonya Harding in the upcoming I, Tonya. For some reason, however, some people would rather focus on Robbie's recent marriage than on her countless career successes—even while she's promoting that very successful career.
Robbie recently told Page Six that since she began making the promotional rounds for I, Tonya, a film she produced and stars in, so many reporters have insisted on asking not about the film but about her late-2016 nuptials to longtime boyfriend Tom Ackerley that, she said, she finally snapped. "I had a boss moment the other day," the Australia native said. "I was doing a press conference and they keep asking me what it was like to be married, and I said, 'Being married is not my achievement. My achievement is producing this film and having a producing deal with a major studio—that is my achievement.'" She added, "Everyone shut up after that. It was really nice."
One more time for the people in the back: Being married is not Margot Robbie's achievement. It's great that she's in love and happily married to Ackerley, but when she's being interviewed for the sole purpose of promoting I, Tonya, it makes sense that she'd prefer to be asked about I, Tonya rather than her relationship, which has nothing to do with the film. Would reporters ask a male actor who had recently started his own production company, while simultaneously landing multiple starring roles, about his marriage instead of his upcoming buzzy movie? (Nope.) Robbie isn't defined by the men in her life, so let's stop forcing her into conversations about those men rather than her individual accomplishments, shall we?
In the December 2017 issue of Vogue Australia, Robbie opened up about the challenges of balancing her career and personal life since starting the LuckyChap production company with her husband and a few friends earlier this year. "It's hard, I'm sure a ton of people reading this have their own business, and it's so hard. Having a business is stressful and time-consuming, but it's incredibly rewarding," she said. "There are obviously a lot of times where I'll have a meltdown and go, 'I can't do it anymore.' And you miss out on a lot of things, like you rarely go on holidays, you miss everyone's weddings, everyone's birthdays. I haven't been home once this year, I haven't seen my best friends, my nephew." She continued, "So there's that side to it, where it kind of hurts to sacrifice those things, but it's also enormously satisfying to build something and to be part of something. It's wild to think it's been 10 years since Neighbours. It's so crazy because time has flown, but at the same time, so, so much has happened. I'm thrilled with where I'm at in my career. I've got absolutely no regrets. Every experience has been incredible, character-building and career-shaping."