“It makes me so happy because I said from the start, all I want is for Harley Quinn to be one of those characters, like Macbeth or Batman always go from great actor to great actor,” the actress said.
Margot Robbie is more than happy to pass the torch for one of her most iconic roles.
The 32-year-old actress said in an interview with MTV published on Thursday that she was “so happy” to see other actresses take on the role of Harley Quinn, especially Lady Gaga, who is rumored to play the part in the next Joker. : Madness for Two.
“It makes me so happy because I said from the start, all I want is for Harley Quinn to be one of those characters, the same way Macbeth or Batman always go from a great actor to a great actor,” Robbie said.
She went on to say that there is an opportunity for a performer to make an iconic role their own.
“And I feel like in a few cases it’s female characters,” she explained. “Queen Elizabeth I, but beyond that – which I also got to try, which I was honored to do. I was like, ‘Wow, Cate Blanchett did Queen Elizabeth I. Now I’m getting there.'”
She added of Gaga: “It’s such an honor to have built such a solid foundation that Harley can now be one of those characters that other actors can try to play. And I think that she’ll do something amazing with it.”
The Hollywood Reporter first reported that a new iteration of Harley would exist “in a different DC Universe” than the one played by Robbie in Suicide Squad (2016), Birds of Prey (2020), and The Suicide Squad (2020).
Robbie has spoken of the need for a “pause” in portraying the fictional psychiatrist-turned-vigilante.
Admitting that she has no plans to reprise her DC Extended Universe persona anytime soon, Robbie told Entertainment Weekly last year, “I was like, ‘Oof, I need a break with Harley, because she’s exhausting.’ I don’t know when we’ll see her next time.”
Lady Gaga confirmed her casting in director Todd Phillips’ Joker: Folie à Deux on social media in August, posting an animated video of her and silhouettes of Joaquin Phoenix to old music.
The 36-year-old superstar actress and musician is set to star alongside Phoenix, 47, in 2019’s upcoming musical sequel to Joker, although her role has not been announced.
Confirmed Gaga’s involvement in the film — specifically, that she was in talks to play Harley Quinn — in June.
Folie à Deux, which refers to a delusion or mental illness shared by two people, suggests that Joker could also team up with another supervillain – possibly his sometimes girlfriend Harley.
Although plot and character details are still unknown, Harley – originally known as Dr. Harleen Quinzel – is the villainous Joker’s love interest/sidekick in several iterations of the Batman storyline. and met the sinister prankster when he was her psychiatrist at Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum.