Margot Robbie Is Now The World’s Highest Paid Movie Actress

Following the announcement last year that Margot Robbie was the highest-paid female film star in Hollywood after her salary for Greta Gerwig’s live-action Barbie movie was revealed.

Over the years, Margot Robbie has accumulated a net worth of around $40 million, after making her Hollywood debut in The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 32-year-old has come a long way from appearing in Australian soap opera Neighbours. It is alleged she earned $24 million in just one year from September 2018 to September 2019.

Robbie’s success can be attributed to her unapologetic ambition. “Men can be ambitious and be praised for it while women can be ambitious and considered a b**ch,” she told Woman’s Day in 2020. “[Women] shouldn’t be sorry for that, and no one else should be sorry for wanting something.”

How Much Was Margot Robbie Paid For Barbie?

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling ranked equal 16th on Variety’s newest list of Hollywood’s top earners, thanks to their role in the upcoming Greta Gerwig film. Margot Robbie was paid $12.5 million, the same as Ryan Gosling, for the highly-anticipated Barbie film.

Featuring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, the star-studded movie boasts a huge cast of multiple versions of Barbie and several Kens living in Barbie Land. The roster of dolls that come to life includes Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Issa Rae, Dua Lipa and Michael Cera.

Things take an unexpected turn when Barbie is expelled from this dreamy realm for failing expectations and decides to relocate to the human world, joined by her loyal boyfriend Ken. The film is co-written by real-life couple Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, marking their latest collaboration as writing partners after Frances Ha and Mistress America.

Barbie is set to hit cinemas on July 21.

These Were Margot Robbie’s Other Highest Paid Movies

Barbie is Margot Robbie’s highest-paid role to date, following the $9-10 million paycheck she was offered for returning as Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad spin-off film Birds of Prey, directed by Cathy Yan. Due to her producer credit, the actress may have earned even more than her eight-figure upfront cheque.

Margot founded Lucky Chap Entertainment with her friends and husband Tom Ackerley. This company produced movies like Promising Young Woman, Birds of Prey, I, Tonya, and the upcoming Barbie. This means Margot is making money from the projects she produces alongside her earnings as an actress.

“I’ve spent the past 10 years of my life on sets, and after a while, it’s like, ‘I want to have a say when I read a script that I really love,’” she explained to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Like I, Tonya. I don’t want it to just be up to chance that it goes in the direction that I believe it should go. Sometimes I don’t want to leave it up to someone else, and that’s not to say I want to be in charge of all the decisions because I don’t know enough to be in charge of all the decisions, but I do want to be a part of the conversation.”

Margot Robbie Was Paid Less Than Her Male Co-Star In This Movie

Despite her iconic role as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, the Australian actress earned significantly less than her co-star. Even though Joker was not considered a major character in the 2016 movie, Jared Leto was paid a huge amount of money for much less screen time than Margot Robbie.

Jared Leto was paid $7 million in total for the seven minutes of screen time he received as the famous antagonist. It has been reported that Robbie made a significantly lower amount for playing the lead character in the movie. It was later revealed that many of Leto’s scenes were cut from the final plot.

This isn’t the first time Robbie has been paid less than her male co-star. She was reportedly paid $5 million for her role as Valerie in Amsterdam, while Christian Bale received $10 million for his part as Dr. Burt Berendsen.

How Much Was Margot Robbie Paid For Her First Movie?

Margot Robbie’s first major film role was in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, where she played Naomi Lapaglia. The film was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.

Although Robbie found fame in the Australian soap opera Neighbours and starred in the short-lived TV show Pan Am, The Wolf of Wall Street is considered the star’s big international break.

It’s reported that Robbie only made $347,000 for the Oscar-nominated film. This is a pretty good salary for a new actress in the industry, but still significantly less than her current salary. In her next Hollywood role, she earned $667,000 for playing Ann in Z for Zachariah

The number is still more than what her costar Jonah Hill made. He revealed on The Howard Stern Show that he only made $60,000 for the movie after he accepted the film’s first offer and didn’t negotiate.

What Does Margot Robbie Spend Her Money On?

Margot Robbie revealed what she spent her first paycheck on. “When I got to New York for the first time, I took my first paycheck, walked straight into Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue, and bought an airplane charm that goes on my bracelet. It was the best feeling ever. I got my little blue box, and I got it for myself,” she said.

Robbie has always been cautious about spending, which is why she decided to not attend law school after she graduated at 17. “I decided I didn’t want to spend money I didn’t have, on a subject I didn’t want to do, only to be paying back debt for the rest of my life. Why abide by that invisible rule?” she told The Guardian in 2018.

Margot now uses her salary to buy real estate around the world. While the actress is a native of Australia and has purchased various properties on the Gold Coast, she has settled down in California.

In May 2019, she spent $5 million on a 5-bed California beach house in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. She also owns a $3.9 million home in Australia’s Byron Bay and a Gold Coast home for her family.

In other movie news: Elisabeth Moss to star in Shell.

The 40-year-old actress is to star in the thriller alongside Kate Hudson and Kaia Gerber.

Max Minghella is to direct the film and will reunite with his ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ co-star Moss on the project – which is set in a near future where humanity’s obsession with youth and beauty has been taken to new extremes.

In the movie, struggling actress Samantha (Moss) is given the opportunity of a free trial at Shell, a pioneering company that promises to keep clients looking youthful forever.

Samantha’s life and career is transformed by the treatment and she develops a friendship with glamorous Shell CEO Zoe Shannon (Hudson).

However, when a string of former Shell patients start to go missing in mysterious circumstances – including the social media star Chloe Benson (Gerber) – Samantha begins to fear that she could be in danger herself.

Jack Stanley has penned the script for the movie and Elisabeth is involved as a producer for her Love and Squalor Pictures company.

She said: “This is one of the most unique, entertaining and special scripts I’ve ever read and I am so honoured to be a part of it as an actor and flattered that Max came to me with this character, who’s unlike anyone I’ve ever played before.

“Having worked with Max for years on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, I’m so thrilled to now be directed by him as I’m a huge fan of his as a filmmaker.”

Minghella added: “‘Shell’ packs a wildly entertaining genre movie with iconic characters and universal themes that are bound to have people talking long after they leave the theatre.”

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