Margot Robbie Talks Wolf of Wall Street Sex Scenes, Auditioning With Leonardo DiCaprio

Entertainment Jan. 8, 2014 AT 4:30PM
Margot Robbie at the Wolf of Wall Street NY Premiere Margot Robbie talks about filming raunchy sex scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio, and how she auditioned for the part of Naomi Lapaglia in The Wolf of Wall Street. Credit: Mark Sullivan/WireImage

Meet Hollywood's sexiest new star! At the young age of 23, Margot Robbie has quickly made a name for herself after taking on the role of Naomi Lapaglia, the wildly promiscuous wife of Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort character in The Wolf of Wall Street. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the stunning Australian actress opened up about how she won the part, and why the sex scenes with DiCaprio were actually painful to film.

Earlier rumors claimed Robbie, who previously starred on ABC's now-cancelled Pan Am series, beat out Jessica Biel and Kristen Stewart for the coveted role opposite DiCaprio.

"I truly don't know to this day," Robbie told The Daily Beast. "I'm still completely confused, but extraordinarily grateful that I did [get the role]. I did a self-tape in L.A. that got sent to [casting director] Ellen Lewis that got sent to Marty, and then he asked to see me in a room so I could do an in-person audition with him and Leo, and then they brought me back a week later and gave me the role in the room."

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Robbie said she had to rehearse some of the "hardest scenes" from the film for her audition in front of director Martin Scorsese and DiCaprio. "It was the throwing-water fight scene, the 'What's wrong, Daddy?' scene in the nursery -- and a lot of it got cut out in the film," she revealed. "It was a lot more confronting and awkward to do in an audition, let me tell you. And I also did the first-date scene."

The awkwardness continued while filming, especially during a sex scene with DiCaprio on top of a pile of money.

"I got a million paper cuts on my back from all that money! It's not as glamorous as it sounds," she shared. "If anyone is ever planning on having sex on top of a pile of cash: don't. Or maybe real money is a bit softer, but the fake money is like paper, and when I got up off the bed, I turned around to get my robe and everyone gasped. I said, 'What is it?' And they said, 'You look like you've been whipped a million times. Your back is covered in a thousand red scratches.'"

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Robbie also had to bite her tongue to avoid embarrassing herself in front of Titanic heartthrob DiCaprio.

"I was absolutely obsessed with Titanic -- but not the movie, the actual boat," she said of her childhood. "I'd draw diagrams of it and everything and theorized that if it was built a different way, it wouldn't have sunk. But seeing the movie really traumatized me. It was the first sad movie I saw -- when I was 8 years old -- and it upset me so much I could never watch it again until two years ago."

"But, amongst my friends, everyone loves that movie," Robbie added of the 1997 film, which also starred Kate Winslet. "It's a common quote among my friends and I that whenever it's cold, we go to each other, 'It's so cold, Jack. . .' I had to stop myself from saying it because I'd be on the set of Wolf of Wall Street shivering and I was tempted to go, 'It's so cold, Jack . . .' but Leo is there sitting right next to me." 

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Robbie will next appear in the Glenn Ficarra and John Requa-directed comedy Focus opposite Will Smith. The film was originally set to star Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart.

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