The Tarzan actress, who was fawned over by VF writer Rich Cohen in the widely criticized profile, agreed that it was a “really weird” story — even before it was published.
“I remember thinking, That was a really odd interview. I don’t know how that’s going to come out,” Robbie said during an interview with the outlet. “And then when I read it I was like, yeah, the tone of this is really weird. I don’t really know what he’s trying to get at or play at.”
As previously reported by Us Weekly, the internet blew up with negative reactions after the issue’s cover story was released. In the profile, Cohen seems to ogle Robbie’s good looks and emphasizes her sex appeal over her acting chops. He also described her home country, Australia, as a “throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people.”
Readers dubbed the profile “sexist” and “outdated.” Robbie thought it was strange too, but told The Project she was surprised by the amount of outrage.
“I didn’t expect there was going to be an uproar about it at all,” she said. “But I’ve read far more offensive, far more sexist, insulting, derogatory, disgusting things on a daily basis. I don’t know, maybe I’m desensitized to it now.”
That said, she was glad that her fellow Aussies had her back.
“I had, like, this bit of Aussie pride, where I was like, ‘Don’t mess with the Aussies,’” she told The Project. “Don’t you mess with the Aussies. Look at what happens when you mess with Australia.”
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