Charlize Theron says Margot Robbie reminds her of herself.
The Oscar-winning actress was very “impressed” by her ‘Bombshell’ co-star and can see a lot of her own ambition reflected in the younger actress.
She said: “Margot really impressed me. She reminds me a bit of myself in that she has a vast interest in wanting to explore different things. She’s the heartbeat of the film.”
The 44-year-old actress is also delighted to share the screen with Nicole Kidman in Bombshell – which she also produced – because she’d wanted to work with the ‘Big Little Lies’ star for some time.
She told Britain’s OK! Magazine: “I knew Nicole socially, but not very intimately.
“But I’ve always wanted to do something with her – she’s incredible.”
While it was a “no-brainer” for Charlize to agree to produce the film – which tells the story of female Fox News employees and their allegations against CEO Roger Ailes – she hesitated before also signing up to play Megyn Kelly.
She said: “The script was sent to my company and it was a no-brainer to get involved [as producer] but as an actor, it took a bit longer for me to sign up.
“I didn’t want to say yes to something that I didn’t think I could actually pull off.
“I was s— scared!
“There were things about Megyn that were very off-putting to me, but I realised we had a lot in common.
“We’re both incredibly strong women who come across as hard. We’re both incredibly ambitious too.
“All the women in the movie have very different roles and did things very differently. Women don’t always do the right thing and sometimes we f— each other over.”
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Daisy Ridley as Rey
Kristen Stewart as Sabina Wilson, Ella Balinska as Jane Kano, Naomi Scott as Elena Houghlin
Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor
Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton
Milla Jovovich as Alice/Alicia Marcus
Kate Beckinsale as Selene
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Phoenix
Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa
Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Louise Ripley
Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride
Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe/Storm
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Jessica Biel as Abigail Whistler
Jessica Alba as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Famke Janssen as Jean Grey/Phoenix
Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Malin Akerman as Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II
Halle Berry as Patience Phillips/Catwoman
Anna Paquin as Anna Marie/Rogue
Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Cameron Diaz as Natalie Cook, Drew Barrymore as Dylan Sanders, Lucy Liu as Alex Munday
Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt
Chloë Grace Moretz as Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl
Helen Slater as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl/Linda Lee
Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios
Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat
Charlize Theron as Æon Flux
Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson/Batgirl
Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre
Selma Blair as Liz Sherman
Lynn Collins (R) as Kayla Silverfox
Milla Jovovich as Violet Song Jat Shariff
Sarah Vowell as Violet (front, L) and Holly Hunter as Helen Parr/Elastigirl (top R)
Michelle Rodriguez as Letty
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
Demi Moore as Jordan O’Neill
Scarlett Johansson as Lucy
Anne Parillaud as Nikita/Marie Clément
Emily Blunt as Kate Macer
Sandra Bullock as Ashburn
Rose McGowan as Cherry Darling
Jodie Foster as Erica Bain
Salma Hayek as Sara Sandoval
Gina Carano as Mallory Kane
Shailene Woodley as Tris
Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity