Margot Robbie revealed she was not the first choice for the role of Barbie.
The Australian star, 32, shared that it was actually Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, 38, who was considered the top pick to play the iconic doll in the upcoming Greta Gerwig live-action film, before the role eventually went to her.
Robbie — who is also producer of the film — said that she and Gerwig, 39, were looking for someone with ‘Barbie energy’ and thought Gadot had what it took.
‘Gal Gadot is Barbie energy,’ the blonde beauty shared in a new interview with Vogue.
‘Because Gal Gadot is so impossibly beautiful, but you don’t hate her for being that beautiful, because she’s so genuinely sincere, and she’s so enthusiastically kind, that it’s almost dorky. It’s like right before being a dork.’
What could have been: Margot Robbie revealed she was not the first choice for the role of Barbie in the new film, and that the top pick was Gal Gadot; (L) Margot in 2023, (R) Gal in 2022
But because Gadot could not commit to the role at the time, Robbie decided to take the lead role.
The Barbie movie was first imagined in 2016, with Amy Schumer originally tapped to play the titular role and co-writing the screenplay with her sister Kim Caramele.
A year later, Amy exited the project citing ‘creative differences’, leaving way for Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach to pen the screenplay and for Margot to take on the role.
Elsewhere in the interview Margot’s co-star Ryan Gosling spoke about working with the actress on set and revealed she was fundamental in helping his inner Ken Doll.
The role was unexpected for the studious twice-Oscar nominated actor, 42, but thankfully Margot was on hand to bring out his cheeky side.
Ryan explained: ‘She left a pink present with a pink bow, from Barbie to Ken, every day while we were filming. They were all beach-related.
‘Like puka shells, or a sign that says “Pray for surf.” Because Ken’s job is just beach. I’ve never quite figured out what that means. But I felt like she was trying to help Ken understand, through these gifts that she was giving.’
As for how Margot took on the Barbie role, she revealed her goal was to change the perception of the controversial doll to those who ‘actively hate’ the brand.
Barbie: Robbie, 32 — who is also producer of the film — said that she and director Greta Gerwig, 39, were looking for someone with ‘Barbie energy’ and thought Gadot had what it took
The right energy: ‘Gal Gadot is Barbie energy,’ the blonde beauty shared in a new interview with Vogue; Gal seen in 2023
How she got it: But because Gadot could not commit to the role at the time, Robbie decided to take the lead role; Robbie pictured 2023
Another option: The Barbie movie was first imagined in 2016, with Amy Schumer originally tapped to play the titular role. However she later exited the project citing ‘creative differences’; Pictured in 2022
She explained: ‘We of course would want to honor the 60-year legacy that this brand has, but we have to acknowledge that there are a lot of people who aren’t fans of Barbie.
‘And in fact, aren’t just indifferent to Barbie. They actively hate Barbie. And have a real issue with Barbie. We need to find a way to acknowledge that.’
Addressing the ‘sexualization’ of Barbie, she reasoned: ‘I’m like, “Okay, she’s a doll. She’s a plastic doll. She doesn’t have organs. If she doesn’t have organs, she doesn’t have reproductive organs. If she doesn’t have reproductive organs, would she even feel sexual desire? No, I don’t think she could.”‘
‘She is sexualized. But she should never be sexy. People can project sex onto her. Yes, she can wear a short skirt, but because it’s fun and pink. Not because she wanted you to see her butt.’
Recalling her initial reaction to the script, Margot confessed that she and husband Tom Ackerley had their doubts the movie would ever be made.
She explained: ‘We just looked at each other, pure panic on our faces. We were like, Holy fucking s**t.
‘I think the first thing I said to Tom was, “This is so genius. It is such a shame that we’re never going to be able to make this movie.”‘
Cosy co-stars: During the interview, Margot’s co-star Ryan Gosling spoke about working with the actress on set and reveals she was fundamental in helping his inner Ken Doll
Coming to play: The Barbie movie — which also stars Simu Liu, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, and Kate McKinnon — will be released in theaters on July 21
The cast is a who’s who of Hollywood powerhouses, with Will Ferrell playing the CEO of Mattel, and Helen Mirren as the narrator.
Marvel star Simu Liu, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, and Kate McKinnon star as inhabitants of Barbieland, while Rhea Perlman, America Ferrera, and Alexandra Shipp are also attached to the film.
Dua Lipa, who also plays one of the Barbies, will be releasing a hit written especially for the movie, MailOnline revealed.
The Barbie live-action movie will be released in theaters on July 21.