Actress Margot Robbie will appear on the cover of Vogue for the magazine’s June issue. Coinciding with the cover appearance, the actress appeared in a short video that parodies Patrick Bateman’s morning routine from Mary Harron’s “American Psycho,” an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ classic 1991 novel. In the video, directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost (“Catfish,” “Paranormal Activity 3”) recreate the scene beat for beat with Robbie detailing her own morning routine in a cold, deadpan voice. The routine includes holding “two cold spoons” over her eyes in case her face is puffy, and a “placenta-infused facial toner for that third-trimester glow without the cravings.”
When she takes off her facial mask, she, just like Bateman before her, explains that, “there is an idea of Margot Robbie, some kind of abstraction,” but there is no real her, “only an entity, something illusory.” As her accent transforms from American to her native Australian, she goes further saying, “Though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand, and feel flesh gripping yours, and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable, I simply am not there.” But just as the ominous music swells, Robbie cracks a smile, the music switches to a dance beat, and then cuts to her cover of Vogue. Watch the video above.
Robbie first came to prominence with her roles in the Australian soap opera “Neighbours,” and then later the ABC period drama “Pan Am.” Her breakthrough performance was as Naomi Lapaglia in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” She then later co-starred in con thriller “Focus” and war dramedy “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” both directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. She’s set to appear as Jane Porter in “The Legend of Tarzan” and Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad” this summer.