Margot Robbie gives a reading of her literary taste in Chanel video – WWD
ESCAPE KEY: “I think I read for the escape, the same reason I love movies,” Margot Robbie said in the latest episode of Chanel’s “In the Library With…” released today.
The Australian actress and producer reveals some of the books that won her over in this eight-minute episode of the French fashion house’s Rue Cambon Literary Rendez-vous series.
Robbie revealed that she likes to cut herself off from the world with a book and a cup of tea in her reading corner, due to a childhood habit of climbing a tree or onto the roof for a bit of respite from the hubbub of his occupied family home.
One of the first destinations she escaped to was the fantastical world of JRR Tolkien, which she discovered at the age of 8 when a teacher read “The Hobbit” in class. “As soon as she started reading it, I was so hooked,” Robbie recalled, recalling that her impatience to find out what happened next led her to pick up the book from her older sister.
Then, for the voracious young reader, a number of book series, starting with Harry Potter, in which her husband, British film producer Tom Ackerley, appeared as an extra at the age of 11; American series “Nancy Drew”; and ‘The Famous Five’ and ‘The Secret Seven’ adventure and crime novels by English children’s author Enid Blyton.
Becoming an actress and then a director changed her relationship to writing. “It’s really hard to read a book without thinking about it in the sense of work,” she says, revealing that she loves the scripts, thanks to a format that allows her to skim through them in a matter of hours.
Robbie has also expressed his belief in the power of words, whether to unlock a character or even change his travel experience. “It could be a line and it can change everything,” she believes.
Take Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” which was recommended to her just before she set off on a backpacking trip to Europe at the age of 18. as he arrived in the Spanish city of Pamplona for its Running of the Bulls festival.
Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” – one of the few school reads she really enjoyed – is a book she has returned to many times. “The use of language and his vocabulary is quite remarkable,” she said, revealing that her appreciation led her to name her dog Boo Radley after one of the characters.
When asked about her favorite books, she named “Five People You Meet in Heaven,” a philosophical novel by American author Mitch Albom; and “Animals” by Emma Jane Unsworth.
Other volumes she’s called include Peter Biskind’s “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘N Roll Generation Saved Hollywood,” and “The Magicians,” a “sort of “Harry Potter” adult.” she currently reads.
Although she loves love stories and those featuring male duets, stories around female friendships occupy a special place in her library because describing them with “this emotional weight that they have in real life” is quite rare.
“Women will agree that their friendship with their best girlfriend is extremely important,” she concludes.
Previous videos in the series have explored the literary tastes of Chanel ambassadors Tilda Swinton, Margaret Qualley and Charlotte Casiraghi.
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