Margot Robbie has met Tonya Harding several times since starring in and producing I, Tonya, but she still hasn’t learned exactly what her real-life counterpart thinks of her performance.
“I guess I’ve been too scared to ask her outright what she’s thought of the film,” the actress admits. “I have asked her questions like, ‘Did we get that bit right? And she said that it was incredibly spot on, with her recollections.”
Even if Harding hasn’t given Robbie a review, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association certainly thought Robbie worthy, nominating her for a Golden Globe in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy category. Robbie and the I, Tonya team celebrated immediately on Monday morning after finding out the film had nabbed three nominations total — for Robbie, co-star Allison Janney in the supporting actress category, and the picture itself for Best Musical or Comedy — creating a text-message chain that left her phone “blowing up.”
“We all started calling each other as soon as we found out,” she says. “I have just never really been a part of this sort of conversation, so it’s mind-boggling, really. I don’t even know what to say.”
And, Robbie adds, it is a little strange to see the film — a darkly comedic, satirical drama — shoehorned into a category for musicals and comedies. (The Golden Globes have a history of nominating eyebrow-raising films under that umbrella.) “It’s tricky to give our film a specific genre,” she explains. “It doesn’t really fit into one neat little box, but there are funny moments in it, so I understand why we’re in that category.”
Still, I, Tonya‘s inclusion in the awards conversation could make for some humorous fodder. After all, Robbie now has four rivals for, if you will, the race to the gold — but for now, she’s not about to make any quips about her opponents, which include Lady Bird‘s Saoirse Ronan, Battle of The Sexes‘ Emma Stone, Victoria & Abdul‘s Judi Dench, and The Leisure Seeker‘s Helen Mirren. “There are so many wonderful, good and bad jokes to be had in this moment, but…” She trails off, laughing. “I’m just not going to make any.”
I, Tonya is now in theaters. The 75th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, air Jan. 7, 2018 on NBC.