Margot Robbie is from Queensland, Australia where she grew up on a farm. She studied drama in high school, then moved to Melbourne to begin her professional career. Robbie found work in commercials and landed the lead in a film more or less right off the bat. In 2011, she moved to Hollywood, where her breakthrough came in The Wolf of Wall Street. She has played many lead roles including Mary Queen of Scots and the Olympic ice skater, Tonya Harding. Robbie has been nominated for several awards including an Oscar and BAFTAs. She ranks among the highest-paid actresses and was named on Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2017. Robbie is also a model for luxury brands including Chanel and Calvin Klein, and she owns a production company called LuckyChap with her husband Tom Ackerley and a few others. She has millions of followers on social media. Robbie is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 125 lbs.
Margot Robbie’s Diet
Robbie admits she isn’t the healthiest eater, and has a penchant for things like burgers, fries and beer, and she’s young and active enough to get away with it. But when she needs to prepare for a role, she goes full-on ‘rabbit food’ and eats tons of salad and other veggies. She enjoys eating dairy products but they cause her skin to flare up and so she will sometimes avoid them altogether in favor of water when she’s filming. A healthier approach would be the 80/20 rule where you eat healthfully 80% of the time and allow yourself to cut loose 20% of the time.
- Medium Carb 35% 35%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
Cut the Junk
Robbie takes prepping for a role seriously, and she cuts out saturated fats, sugary drinks, fast food and chocolate, and instead sticks to lean protein and plenty of veggies.
Delicious Way to Break the Fast
Robbie’s favorite breakfast is an Aussie staple: avocado toast with bacon. An alternative is oatmeal with berries, or a green smoothie.
Ditch the Dairy
Robbie says she loves dairy, but it turns her face into a mass of pimples, so when it gets to be too much, she has to avoid it and drink water instead
Robbie is also a fan of wine, but she cuts back when she needs to get in shape for a role, and only has a glass every other day or so.
Robbie is a big fan of tea, and says she probably has about 10 cups in a day. Tea is high in antioxidants including tannins.
What to Eat
Whole Grain Bread
What to Avoid
Robbie on Tea
‘In our family, a cup of tea is the answer to everything.’
Robbie on Her Diet
‘I don’t have a very good diet. I love beers, fries, burgers, but if I have to get into a bikini, then I’ll eat carrot sticks for 3 days.’
Robbie on Moderation
‘I’m not good at moderation. I get miserable if I don’t eat. I can’t just have a salad every day and half a glass of wine every second day. I can’t do it.’
Robbie on her Cooking Skills
‘I am not a good cook but I can do a cheese ball.’
Robbie on her Diet Staples
‘Chocolate, waffles and fries are the main food groups that make up my diet.’
Margot Robbie’s Fitness Routine
Robbie has played a wide range of characters, and each one has required different looks. To prepare for I, Tonya, Robbie had to train like an Olympic skater, meaning 5 days a week on ice.
On Her Own
Robbie might go swimming, take a dance class or hit a tennis ball around with friends. Despite rumors, she says she is not a good surfer. She played ice hockey as a kid and still enjoys it, so practicing for I, Tonya wasn’t much of a sacrifice.
Robbie’s training sessions for I, Tonya were epic: she’d hit the gym for 4 hours at a time.
Lower Body Focus
For the role of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, Robbie did a lot of weighted exercises that concentrated on her glutes and legs to make them strong like a skater would have.
Robbie did many of the stunts for the role Harley Quinn herself, and worked with a trainer to build up her butt. She hired celebrity trainer Andie Hecker who has also worked with people like Miranda Kerr and several Victoria’s Secret models.
Robbie wanted to get strong but not bulky to play Harley Quinn, so she did a lot of reps with low weights of 8 different moves that hit all the muscles of the body.
Robbie did high-intensity training and strength training along with ballet moves, Pilates and choreography to get ready to play Harley Quinn.
A Margot Robbie Routine
Do each of the following for 1 minute each. Do 3-4 circuits, or until you can’t go anymore.
Bosu ball hops
Big circle leg rotations
Double leg lifts
Outer thigh lifts
Bodyweight squats: 20 x 4 sets
Weighted arabesques: 20/side w. 5-lb. weight on ankle x 4 sets
Triceps extensions: 25 reps w. 5-lb. dumbbell x 3-4 sets
Lateral raises: 30 reps x 3-5-lb. Weight
Lateral circles: 20 forward/20 back x 4 sets
Biceps curls: 20 reps w. 5-lb. dumbbell x 3-4 sets
Tabletop crunches: 25, on Pilates Reformer if available.
Clamshells: 25, on Pilates Reformer if available.
Robbie on her Preferred Exercise
‘I like dance classes; it doesn’t feel like exercise to me. Or just playing sports with friends. Sometimes I play tennis, even though I’m not that good.’
Robbie on Priorities
‘I feel like my body looks better if I get more sleep rather than an hour on at the gym.’
Robbie on her Fitness Goals
‘I just try to keep healthy more so than trying to be thin.’
Margot Robbie’s Supplements
Besides melatonin to help her sleep, Robbie isn’t dishing on any other supplements she might take, but since she admits to not always eating as healthfully as she could, here are some supplements that would help people who follow diets similar to Margot Robbie’s.
Probiotics are another wise choice for those who eat a less-than-ideal diet and to help get the most nutrition out of what you are eating.
Robbie drinks a lot of tea, which is high in antioxidants that fight cancer and offer anti-aging effects. Tea is also shown to boost mental health, and may be one of the reasons her family uses it for any ailment.
Robbie does eat veggies and will have a kale and apple smoothie, but if you’re not consuming as many vegetables as you should, a greens supplement is another smart idea.
Rather than starve yourself on carrot sticks like Robbie, you could try a fat burner such as green tea extract, fiber or protein powder. Protein offers the additional benefit of helping to build muscle mass.
Margot Robbie’s Lifestyle
Elaborate Sleep Ritual
Robbie’s bedtime prep routine involves several steps including music, eye masks, aromatherapy and melatonin.
Robbie grew up on a farm with no money to spare. As a teen, she worked 3 jobs to make ends meet.
Robbie says she has dry, sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts. She never skips putting on sunscreen, and always removes her makeup at the end of the day. Her lip secret: diaper cream as lip balm.
Robbie’s favorite book is Harry Potter and says she’d love to spend the day with JK Rowling. She also says she was star-struck when she met 50-Cent and she loves to watch Tiny Kitchens.
Robbie has a rescue dog that she named Boo Radley after a character in To Kill a Mockingbird. She also says she feels most comfortable up a tree or underwater.
Robbie on her Sleep Rituals
‘I can’t go home and fall straight asleep; it takes a long time to switch my brain off.’
Robbin on Reading at Bedtime
‘I’m a massive Harry Potter nerd, and although I’ve read the books probably 20 times each, I read Harry Potter before bed and it helps me switch my brain off.’
Robbie on her Chosen Career
‘I became an actor so I can show you characters and never have to show you me.’
Robbie on her Preferred Roles
‘Playing a bad guy is always more fun than playing the good guy.’
Robbie on her Success
‘Everyone’s like, “Overnight sensation.” It’s not overnight. It’s years of hard work.’
Robbie on Herself
‘My spirit animal is a monkey because I have really long arms and I like being up high.’
Robbie on her Hair
‘I have, like, 3 hairs left on my head. A hairstylist will come in and put all this fake hair in and it looks luscious and amazing, and I’m like, God, I feel a thousand times better.’
Robbie on Family Dreams
‘I really want to have 4 kids…I’d love them to have adorable little American accents, but I do want to bring my kids up in Australia; it’s such a good lifestyle.’