Margot Robbie is so stunning that she had to seem less than graceful in order to play a famous athlete, so… She created an impression with her physical transformation in the film “I, Tonya.”
Margot Robbie, the famous actress, continues to astound the audience and critics since she has now demonstrated her expertise and dedication as an actress, making an effect with the metamorphosis she had to endure to play in her film, based on the life of figure skating queen, Tonya Harding.
The film “I, Tonya” is based on the controversial life and work of Tonya Harding, a famous American ice skater. Connoisseurs were surprised when the famous and lovely actress experienced an image shift in which her cosmetics and characterization played an important role.
What is known is that Margot Robbie worked hard to become the infamous figure skater Tonya Harding. For her portrayal, the actress wore ice skates, which garnered her the highest acclaim of her career, as it took her five months of hard training to glide like Harding on ice.
In addition to her intensive training, the celebrity had to wear special makeup to play this skating icon, because they had to apply a couple of boxes of affordable hair dye on her to get a more convincing resemblance.
Deborah La Mia Denaver was in charge of designing and directing the cosmetics in “I, Tonya.” This makeup artist was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the film “Ghosts of the Past.”
According to the makeup artist, she was inspired by the skater’s strength and confidence and researched her style extensively in videos and images from the 1990s to be the most faithful in Margot Robbie’s transition.
One of the problems for this picture was to make Margot Robbie, then 27, look like a 20-year-old with cosmetics. Another obstacle, even if it appears fantastic, was Margot Robbie’s stunning face, so they had to come up with cosmetics that would truly make her look like the skater.
To do this, they needed to find the correct makeup supplies so Robbie didn’t seem too beautiful and could look more like the real Tonya. As a result, this makeup artist decided not to apply bases on her skin, resulting in a more natural appearance.
In an interview, the makeup artist explained how the actress’s brows had to be bleached to conceal the beauty of Margot’s brow framing. The “I, Tonya” makeup artist also described how she had to constantly tug Robbie’s face characteristics to make her resemble Harding.
Tonya’s lips and eyes are naturally lower than Robbie’s, so she had to use lash glue to droop the corners of her eyes. She also drew lines around her mouth in order to pull her down.
To capture the actress’s skating performances, immaculate makeup had to be avoided. In reality, there was no professional makeup artist available to do Tonya’s makeup, therefore the option was to produce a rapid makeup without allowing time to retouch or blend further.
Furthermore, the film had a limited budget, and there were moments when there wasn’t enough time to touch up the makeup.
The makeup in “I, Tonya” didn’t have to be flawlessly applied, nor did it have to last all day. Tonya had to be shown with her sweaty, fading makeup after the skater introductions.
While Margot Robbie was in her forties, director Craig Gillespie discussed using prosthetics on her beard, cheeks, nose, under her eyes, and around her neck.
Craig stated that it took a long time to figure out what the final appearance would be like so that, under all the latex and makeup, the actor in the interview sequences when Tonya Harding was already 44 years old, Margot Robbie could still make genuine gestures.