Margot Robbie Talks Leonardo DiCaprio & Martin Scorsese in Manhattan January 2014

Posted Tuesday January 14, 2014 12:33 PM GMT

She's made quite a name for herself thanks to her performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street," and now Margot Robbie reveals who really helped her on set.

In the January 2014 issue of Manhattan magazine, the 23-year-old Australia actress dished about the hit film's director Martin Scorsese and revealed her thoughts about working with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Highlights from Miss Robbie's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Manhattan!

On Martin:
"Before you step into a room with him, you're so acutely award of how undeserving you are to be there, to be [with] a film god like him. And then moments after spending time with him, you forget [about his] humongous reputation... He's just so warm and funny and really lovely to be around. [Scorsese's] an incredibly fascinating person to listen to. I tried to be quiet and listen to his stories because they are so incredible. I was having trouble finding new motivation, and then Marty came up to me halfway through filming this big scene and he said, 'Stay on your toes.' I wasn't sure if he meant figuratively or literally be on my toes, but then he said, 'Be more like a boxer - you're on your toes in a boxing ring.; That for me was an awesome piece of direction because 'Raging Bull' is one of my favorite films of his, and I knew what he wanted from me. It made all the difference - just one little piece of direction like that, and it opened my performance. That is why he is a genius, and I gave him my best."

On Leo:
"[Working with Leo] was a dream come true. He's always been my favorite actor. Both he and Marty have such a massive presences when you're around them - they're unstoppable, like this force that keeps moving; they have so much dimension, it sometimes seems impossible to keep up with them. Working with Leo challenged me every single second - the challenge just to keep up with him pushed me and got my acting to a level it's never been, which is incredibly satisfying."

On her time working at Subway:
"I actually had a lot of fun working there, and it was a really fun day when I went and said I have to quit and everyone was like, 'What? Why?' And, I said, 'I'm going to be on TV; I got a role on 'Neighbors,' a big Australia TV show. Everyone thought I was kidding... Then six months later, I landed a Subway commercial doing a dancing promo as a new face on TV by pure coincidence. The job was my lucky charm."

On her future plans:
"I really want to do a Western; I want to be the dude who is riding horses and doing exciting things - something where I get to do something physical and have to train for it. I don't want to be the damsel. There's something magical about stepping on a set that looks nothing like the present day. It's so much easier to create a world and a new character when everything is so different from your every day life."

Photo Credit: Brian Bowen Smith for Manhattan

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