'How dare some old guy dictate what I can and can't do when it comes to motherhood or my own body?'
Being in the spotlight subjects high profile women to a lot of pressures, from looking a certain way to being a certain kind of mother – or as Margot Robbie found out this week, being a mother at all.
The 28-year-old married filmmaker Tom Ackerley in 2016, tying the knot in the most instagrammable ceremony ever. But ever since her nuptials, Margot has felt pressured into having children, something she addressed in a recent interview with the Radio Times.
It made me really angry – how dare some old guy dictate what I can and can’t do when it comes to motherhood or my own body?,’ she explained when speaking of her role as Queen Elizabeth I in the new release, Mary Queen of Scots. ‘Unfortunately, it’s a conversation we’re still having.’
Then going on to speak about her own pressures, she recalled that the most commonly asked question after tying the know was, ‘When are you having children?’
‘I’m so angry that there’s this social contract,’ she explained. ‘You’re married, now have a baby. Don’t presume. I’ll do what I’m going to do.’
Going on to talk about a lack of strong female roles, she continued: ‘I wasn’t seeing many scripts where I wanted to play the female role – I always wanted to play the male role. The female roles are always a catalyst for the male story, and that’s unsatisfying.
‘So I was like “Well, we’ll start making our own films, because we can’t just sit around for ever and wait for them to come along”.’
You go, Margot Robbie!!
Mary Queen Of Scots will be in cinemas on 18 January.