Margot Robbie recalls ‘wild ride’ filming Babylon and reveals she was ‘scared to mess up’


Margot Robbie discussed her ‘wild ride’ filming upcoming new movie Babylon during her appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday. 

The actress, 32, admitted that she was ‘scared to mess up’ the epic opening party scene which took a huge two weeks to film.  

During her interview, she showed off her chic sense of style in a gold velvet suit as she sat on the famous sofa and chatted away.

Stunning: Margot Robbie, 32, discussed her ‘wild ride’ filming upcoming new movie Babylon during her appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday

Speaking about the Hollywood drama, Margot explained: ‘It was a wild ride. There were amazing set pieces, including a party scene that took two weeks to shoot.

‘Every part of it was insane and the stress levels were terrifying because there was so much going on and I didn’t want to be the one to mess it up’

Set in 1920s Hollywood, Babylon centres around the rise and fall of several ambitious dreamers – including the characters portrayed by leading stars Brad Pitt and Margot. 

Pressure: The actress admitted that she was 'scared to mess up' the epic opening party scene which took a huge two weeks to film (pictured in Babylon)

Pressure: The actress admitted that she was ‘scared to mess up’ the epic opening party scene which took a huge two weeks to film (pictured in Babylon)

Bullet Train star Brad, 58, takes on the role of famous actor Jack Conrad, who is known for a party-hard lifestyle, multiple marriages, affairs, and divorces.

While Margot is overnight starlet Nellie LaRoy who is navigating her way through the industry by self-destructing via drugs, parties and sexual encounters.

Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film shows character Manny Torres (Diego Calva) entering the high-profile world and becoming smitten with Nellie.

Beauty: Speaking about the Hollywood drama, Margot explained: 'It was a wild ride. There were amazing set pieces, including a party scene that took two weeks to shoot

Beauty: Speaking about the Hollywood drama, Margot explained: ‘It was a wild ride. There were amazing set pieces, including a party scene that took two weeks to shoot

It opens with a wild celebrity soiree filled with sex, drugs, nudity and booze – which The Wolf Of Wall Street actress Margot previously described as an ‘party-slash-orgy’.   

For her appearance Margot completed her look with a black bralet underneath which showed off her taut midriff and wore her blonde tresses swept back with tendrils around her face.

She opted for low-key makeup to show off her naturally pretty features as she beamed away.

Gorgeous: Also on the show was actress Cate Blanchett, 53, who looked edgy in a sparkly blue and black blazer and black trousers

Gorgeous: Also on the show was actress Cate Blanchett, 53, who looked edgy in a sparkly blue and black blazer and black trousers

Also on the show was actress Cate Blanchett, 53, who looked edgy in a sparkly blue and black blazer and black trousers.

She wore her choppy bob in loose waves and opted for a radiant makeup look complete with a slick of light pink lip. 

Also on the show were comedian Alan Carr, singer Beverley Knight and Raye who gave a performance. 

Outfit: Margot completed her look with a black bralet underneath which showed off her taut midriff and wore her blonde tresses swept back with tendrils around her face

Outfit: Margot completed her look with a black bralet underneath which showed off her taut midriff and wore her blonde tresses swept back with tendrils around her face

Radiant: She wore her choppy bob in loose waves and opted for a radiant makeup look complete with a slick of light pink lip

Radiant: She wore her choppy bob in loose waves and opted for a radiant makeup look complete with a slick of light pink lip

Margot’s interview comes after both she and Brad both admitted that they haven’t been to a bash that wild off-screen, despite being some of modern-day Hollywood’s biggest stars. 

‘That wild? No,’ Brad quipped to USA Today when questioned, as his Australian co-star echoed his thoughts.

‘I’ve been to some wild parties, but not on Babylon scale. That’s something else,’ Margot agreed. 

The flick features a sensational ensemble cast, including Tobey Maguire, Olivia Wilde, Katherine Waterson, Phoebe Tonkin and many more.

Line-up: Also on the show were comedian Alan Carr (pictured), singer Beverley Knight and RAYE who gave a performance

Line-up: Also on the show were comedian Alan Carr (pictured), singer Beverley Knight and RAYE who gave a performance

In good spirits: Alan was seen laughing away as he joined the line-up and chatted to host Graham

Smart: He looked great in a blue jacket

In good spirits: Alan was seen laughing away as he joined the line-up and chatted to host Graham

And reflecting on filming, Margot recently revealed she went off-screen to smooch co-star Brad in an impromptu scene, jesting to E! News: ‘How else am I going to get the chance to kiss him?’

Explaining the kiss, she shared: ‘That wasn’t in the script, but I thought, “When else am I gonna get the chance to kiss Brad Pitt? I’m just gonna go for it” It was great!’

The blonde beauty also shared a smooch with co-star Katherine, but added that she wasn’t sure if it had made the cut.

The look: Beverley Knight wowed in a tight black dress as she made her appearance on the show

The look: Beverley Knight wowed in a tight black dress as she made her appearance on the show

Breaking the boundaries, the highly-anticipated raunchy flick even had the cast worried with its amount of nudity – and whether it was allowed to be shown.

Of the film as a whole, Margot confessed: ‘When I read the script, I was like, ”This is like La Dolce Vita and Wolf of Wall Street had a baby – and I love it!.”

‘But I was like, ”Are we allowed to show that?”

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Margot Robbie, Beverley Knight, Alan Carr, Raye and Graham Norton during the filming for the Graham Norton Show

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Margot Robbie, Beverley Knight, Alan Carr, Raye and Graham Norton during the filming for the Graham Norton Show

‘There were so many scenes where I was like, a) I have no idea how I’m going to do that, and b) are we going to get away with this?’ 

Babylon premiered in Los Angeles on December 15, 2022, and was released in the United States on December 23, 2022, by Paramount Pictures.

While it will hit UK cinemas on January 20, 2023. 

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One Friday 13 January 10.40pm. Also available on BBC iPlayer.

Busty: Raye wore a low-cut black dress as she performed on the show and entertained with her hits

Busty: Raye wore a low-cut black dress as she performed on the show and entertained with her hits 

Entertaining: The stunning hitmaker belted out her tunes and looked completely in her element on stage

Entertaining: The stunning hitmaker belted out her tunes and looked completely in her element on stage 

Exciting: Margot was on the show to promote her new film Babylon which comes out next week

Exciting: Margot was on the show to promote her new film Babylon which comes out next week

Animated: Beverley looked in her element as she chatted on the show

Happy: She laughed away

Animated: Beverley looked in her element as she chatted on the show

Cracking up! Alan and Beverley were in stitches as they filmed the show together

Cracking up! Alan and Beverley were in stitches as they filmed the show together

Performing: Raye took to the stage at the end of the night

Performing: Raye took to the stage at the end of the night

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