Margot Robbie’s latest flick, I, Tonya is already generating significant Oscars buzz.
But it’s her commitment to playing the part of professional Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding that’s really impressing the masses.
“I did four months of training, five days a week, four hours a day,” she told W Magazine. “On Christmas Eve, I was at the rink.”
“I’d already done heaps of boxing training to play Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. I had done a lot of stunts in that film, and I thought, I can pick up things fairly quickly with the right training—I should have this ice-skating thing down in no time.”
“I didn’t realise how extremely difficult it is,” she added. “There’s no padding when you hit the ice.”
The 27-year-old was also trained by Sarah Kawahara, who was the real-life choreographer for Nancy Kerrigan (Harding’s competition who she conspired to attack.)
“When I fell, she was like, ‘Come on, get up. Let’s go!’” Margot recalled.
“One time I had a huge fall, and she said, ‘That was a real skater fall, and you can have a minute.’ I was so proud, with tears streaming down my face.”
But despite being pushed to her limits during training, Margot was left with a new appreciation for the sport.
“I actually really miss it,” she admitted.
“I kept my ice skates – but I said goodbye to a whole world of pain that I didn’t realise came along with figure skating.”
I, Tonya is set to hit cinemas on December 8.