“Something was happening in those early stages and it was all pretty awful, and I remember saying to my mom, ‘I don’t think I want to do this,'” Robbie said, describing the time as one of her lowest moments.
She continued: “And [my mom] just looked at me, completely straightfaced, and was like, ‘Darling, I think it’s too late not to.’ That’s when I realized the only way was forward.”
Robbie said that she knows now how to handle being a celebrity but still struggles with media attention, especially stories in tabloids and being pursued by photographers.
“You want to correct [false stories], but you just can’t. You have to, I don’t know, look the other way,” the actor added. “If my mom dies in a car accident because you wanted a photo of me going in the grocery shop, or you knock my nephew off a bike — for what? For a photo? It’s dangerous but still, weirdly nothing feels like it changes.”
Robbie also said that she finds press days for her films stressful, explaining: “They only want sound bites and I don’t resent them for it, I get it — they’ve got three minutes but it’s like tap dancing through a minefield because you’re so tired and you’ve done it for hours and hours, and to keep on guard all the time…. You can say it right a thousand times, but you say it wrong once, you’re fucked.”
“I’m trying to not look at it and trying not to engage with it because it doesn’t benefit me,” the actor said. “It just makes me incredibly anxious. Me seeing my face constantly is straining. No one should have to do that. It fuckin’ sucks, man. I don’t know how the socialites of the world can do that. It’s kind of driving me off the wall. It’s an incredibly difficult space to navigate.”
How old the stars of ‘House of the Dragon’ are compared to their characters
King Viserys Targaryen is likely somewhere around his late 30s or early 40s in “House of the Dragon.” Actor Paddy Considine is 49 years old.
Alicent Hightower is 14 years old at the start of “House of the Dragon,” and actor Emily Carey was around 18 years old during filming.
Alicent Hightower is 14 years old at the start of “House of the Dragon,” and Milly Alcock was 21 during filming.
Prince Daemon Targaryen is in his late 20s in the pilot episode, while actor Matt Smith is 39 years old.
Ser Criston Cole starts out in his early 20s, and actor Fabien Frankel was about 28 during filming.
Later in season one, the show is going to make a significant time jump of about 10 years. Alicent will then be played by Olivia Cooke, who is 28 years old.
Rhaenyra will also be played by a new actor when the character jumps to her late 20s. Emma D’Arcy, who is 30, takes over the role at that point.