With Oscar nominations and a role with Chanel, Margot Robbie is seriously hot property. And here’s why she is commanding an eye-watering salary.
With Oscar nominations and a role with Chanel, Margot Robbie is seriously hot property. And here’s why she is commanding an eye-watering salary.

Margot’s huge Hollywood payday

She's gone from Neighbours actor to one of the most in-demand stars in Hollywood, with Oscar nominations, her own production company, and a role as the face of Chanel.

Margot Robbie has built an estimated $US12 million ($A17.8 million) empire by being "down-to-earth", "smart" and "sincere" … and it is paying off for her.

Australian-born Robbie's star continues to rise in Hollywood with her second Oscar nomination - this time, for Best Supporting Actress, playing an ambitious TV reporter in Bombshell alongside Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron (the Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 10).

But it's not just on the silver screen where Robbie, 29, is making her mark. She is hot property on screen and off it.

Margot Robbie at the London premiere of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Picture: Getty Images
Margot Robbie at the London premiere of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Picture: Getty Images

 

The Australian star wore Dries Van Noten. Picture: Getty Images
The Australian star wore Dries Van Noten. Picture: Getty Images

 

The globes are on for Margot Robbie. Picture: Getty Images
The globes are on for Margot Robbie. Picture: Getty Images

A US-based Australian talent manager revealed that Robbie could command at least a $US1 million dollar for commercial endorsements - and that would be the starting price for someone of her celebrity profile.

"Everyone wants to work with her," he told News Corp Australia, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

"She is fits within their primary target market of mid 20s to early 40s.

"She's Australian and successful in the US, so she speaks to both markets, and is at the stage where she is considered a Hollywood A-lister."

She was ranked No. 8 on Forbes' list of the highest paid acctresses on 2019, with estimated earnings of $US23.5 million in the 12 months to July last year.

Her influence extends to fashion, where she has an ongoing ambassador role with Chanel, is the face of the French luxury brand's Gabrielle Essence fragrance, and often sits front row at Chanel's runway shows in Paris.

At the Hollywood premiere of Birds of Prey. Picture: Getty Images
At the Hollywood premiere of Birds of Prey. Picture: Getty Images

 

She is styled by Kate Young – Hollywood’s most powerful stylist. Picture: Dave Benett/WireImage
She is styled by Kate Young – Hollywood’s most powerful stylist. Picture: Dave Benett/WireImage

 

Business at the top, party at the bottom. Picture: AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme
Business at the top, party at the bottom. Picture: AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme

At the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, Robbie wore Chanel on the red carpet: a sleek white skirt and sequined strapless top, then a tiered, ruffled check gown, as dressed by Hollywood's most powerful stylist, Kate Young.

Robbie posed in a feathered black Dries Van Noten gown - teamed with hot pink opera gloves - at the London premiere of Birds of Prey this week, and supports Australian labels including Zimmermann and Realisation in her day-to-day outfit choices.

 

Wearing Chanel at the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium. Picture: Getty Images
Wearing Chanel at the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium. Picture: Getty Images

 

 

 

Vogue Australia editor Edwina McCann, who has worked with Robbie on multiple cover shoots, described her appeal as "truly authentic" and "real".

"She has kept all the same friends, her flatmates from London, there's a lot of sincerity to what she does. None of it is a put-on with her," Ms McCann told News Corp.

"She's got that really down to earth attitude that people love about Australians, she's got a great sense of humour, and an extraordinarily beautiful smile.

 

Margot Robbie in a scene from her Oscar-nominated role in Bombshell. Picture: Bombshell
Margot Robbie in a scene from her Oscar-nominated role in Bombshell. Picture: Bombshell

 

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell. Picture: Hilary B Gayle/Lionsgate
Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell. Picture: Hilary B Gayle/Lionsgate

 

As Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.
As Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.

 

"And at the same time, she's clearly a talented artist. She's an incredible actor and a great producer as well.

"She has this girl next-door way about her that is disarmingly charming in Hollywood."

Robbie most recently appeared on Vogue Australia's coveted September issue last year, styled by Christine Centenera and photographed by Mario Sorrenti.

"It was a huge sell for us, she sells incredibly well," Ms McCann said, of the cover's impact with readers.

"She's one of those gifts who only comes along once or twice in a generation. She's Australian, she clearly appeals to a very broad audience," she added, likening her to Kidman and Cate Blanchett.

"Margot has that A-list wattage star power about her that people just love."

 

Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman at ELLE's 26th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration. Picture: Getty Images
Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman at ELLE's 26th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration. Picture: Getty Images

 

 

Hollywood director Cathy Yan described Robbie as "total positivity" after working with her on Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn.

Robbie is also an executive producer on the soon-to-be-released superhero movie via her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, which she co-founded in 2014 with her now-husband, Tom Ackerley.

"Margot's really smart, really wonderful, extremely committed," Ms Yan said.

 

Quentin Tarantino and Margot Robbie at Cannes. Picture: Getty Images
Quentin Tarantino and Margot Robbie at Cannes. Picture: Getty Images

 

 

Margot Robbie, centre, with co-stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Picture: Getty Images
Margot Robbie, centre, with co-stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Picture: Getty Images

 

 

Margot Robbie, Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Picture: WireImage
Margot Robbie, Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Picture: WireImage

 

 

Wearing smeared mascara and a maniacal smile, Birds of Prey stars Robbie as the Joker's unhinged girlfriend Harley Quinn - a role she originally played in Suicide Squad.

"She took the character and just ran with it so well that she is, I think, in many people's minds, Harley," Ms Yan added.

"Harley is Margot. It was so interesting to see her further develop the character and to work with her on that.

"As a producer, she really believed in me and was a strong proponent of my work.

"I think that we have similar taste in many ways.

"She's such a hard worker, a thoughtful person and very fair, and just lovely.

"It all starts from the top down, and how accessible and lovely and relatable and nice she is really allowed for the whole shoot to feel that way, too."

As Harley Quinn in a scene from Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Picture: Warner Bros
As Harley Quinn in a scene from Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Picture: Warner Bros

 

Margot Robbie is also an executive producer on Birds of Prey. Picture: Warner Bros
Margot Robbie is also an executive producer on Birds of Prey. Picture: Warner Bros

The fashion impact of Robbie's role in Birds of Prey is also likely to be felt beyond the cinema.

"Her look has entered the cultural conversation in a way that is really fascinating," Ms Yan said.

"It was really lovely working with Margot … to create a look for her that pays homage to everything we've seen her in before, but is also a unique version of Harley that felt right for this movie.

"There's so much recognisable iconography in her (Harley Quinn's) look: the pigtails, the tattoos and the colour of her hair with the colour of her makeup.

"So we had fun with it and took it to a fresh place that you've never seen before.

"Her look was also motivated by what she would want to wear today and being really inspired by what we were seeing on the street."

Sure, pigtails and tattoos are not Chanel. But Margot Robbie can pull anything off.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is out on February 6.

The Oscars are announced on February 10 (February 9 in the US).

Margot Robbie, in character as Harley Quinn, is definitely not wearing Chanel in this outfit. Picture: Warner Bros
Margot Robbie, in character as Harley Quinn, is definitely not wearing Chanel in this outfit. Picture: Warner Bros