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Margot Robbie talks playing Tonya Harding from 15 to 44 in 'I, Tonya'

Not only does Margot Robbie have the challenge of bringing to life notorious figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, but she also has to play her over a 29-year age span.

The film follows Harding from the age of three all the way through her forties, and Robbie plays her from 15-44.

“I’d never done that before. I mean, that’s a huge age span to jump between, especially when you’re doing an indie film you’re not shooting it chronologically,” she tells Mwbuzz. “Some days I was 15 for the first half of the morning, then I’d be 23, then I’d be 40 and then back to 15, so it took a lot of prep to keep that straight. But it was a wonderful challenge because you get to map out someone’s character arc over decades and you can kind of see what was their childhood was like, how did that influence the person they then became, how did the incident and her fame, for good and bad, influence the person she then became in her 40s.”

Robbie, who received SAG and Golden Globe nominations for her performance and won the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy, says the script immediately pulled her in. “I was captivated. It was a bizarre, unconventional, crazy, fun, sad script and it felt very original. It was like nothing else I’d ever read before,” she says. “Of course once I realized it was a true story, I was definitely hooked.”

From there, Robbie says the challenge was overcoming people’s assumptions about Harding, particularly while playing her over a significant span of time. “How do you make people forget what they think they already know and just get lost in the story?” she asks.

Watch the clip above for more.

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Margot Robbie Reveals If She’s As Big Of A Badass As Tonya Harding: It’s Quite Admirable

Margot Robbie just gushed about taking on the role of Tonya Harding and if she’s as tough at the infamous ice skater!

Margot Robbie, 27, is having the best year ever! The gorgeous Australian actress is the star of I, Tonya, a biopic on the American ice skater Tonya Harding, 47, and her fall from grace after fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan, 48, was attacked by associates of her then-husband Jeff Gillooly in 1994. HollywoodLife.com caught up with Margot on Jan. 13 where we asked her about taking on the challenging role and if she’s as tough as Tonya. Head here for loads more images of Margot looking incredible!

“I do not know if I am a badass,” Margot told HL. “Tonya the character definitely is. I mean she is very unapologetic about who she is and very willing to call out unfairness when she saw it. I think there is something quite admirable in that.” Tonya’s story is filled with serious hardship and no shortage of alleged domestic violence, which the real-life athlete overcame. That’s not including her mother LaVona “Sandy” Golden‘s allegedly brutal treatment of her, including an incident in which she reportedly threw a knife at her daughter.

Margot also revealed that, when she first read the script, she didn’t know that it was a true story! “Well I read the script initially as a producer but when I read the role I couldn’t see anything I had in common with her and that excited me,” she said. “I was just curious about her and why she did the things she did and said and then I found out she was a true-life person because I thought it was fiction when I first read it. I was intrigued with a brilliant script and then it being a true story it took a whole new meaning after that.” Clearly she found the role of a lifetime!

Mwbuzzers, are you loving Margot’s responses as much as us? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Tonya Harding: Twitter Is Dumbfounded As She Shows ‘Lack Of Remorse’ For Nancy Kerrigan Attack

Tonya Harding showed a shocking lack of remorse for the infamous attack on her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan in big ABC interview. Now fans are coming hard for her on Twitter.

This was a big chance for disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding to turn the public back on her side in Truth and Lies: The Tony Harding Story, airing Jan. 11 on ABC. The two-hour special focused on Tonya’s side of the infamous 1994 attack on her ice skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan, 48. With a whole new generation of eyes focusing on the scandal, thanks to the dark comedy I, Tonya, she was pretty unrepentant that she had done nothing wrong and seemed to play the victim during many answers. She even claims she was “done” apologizing to Nancy, even though the Olympic silver medalist says that her rival has never told her she was sorry for her role in the rink side assault.

Tonya has claimed multiple times over the years that she apologized to Nancy, according to the Daily Mail. Yet, Nancy, when speaking with Nightline in April 2017, said she never got a direct apology from her rival. “We talked. We were at an event four years after I was attacked. But we didn’t really speak to each other. So it was very awkward and strange,” said Nancy. As for an apology? “Does it matter at this point?” In Tonya’s ABC interview she simply said of Nancy, “She’s got her life. I’ve got my life. We both have wonderful lives and that should be all that matters.” Yep, NO apology and she showed a shocking lack of remorse about the incident.

Tonya, 47,  went as far to say I wouldn’t change a thing,” about her past before ABC’s Amy Robach asked if she was really sure about that answer. Tonya then in a snide remark said “Well, one thing.” Umm, that was a pretty BIG one thing. To recap: two nights before the conclusion of the 1994 Unites States Figure Skating Championships, a man named Shawn Exckardt clubbed Nancy on the knee with a collapsible baton. A FBI investigation into the attack discovered that Shawn was a friend of Jeff Gillooly, Tonya’s ex-husband, according to The New York Times. Ultimately, Tonya pleaded guilty to hindering a prosecution – which meant she knew who did the attack, but didn’t report it immediately.

She was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, 500 hours of community service, a $100,00 state find and was instructed to set up a $50,000 fund to benefit the Special Olympics. She was also ordered to surrender her membership to the United States Figure Skating Association, who would end up barring her for life. Before that happened, both she and Nancy (who was had recovered from the attack) both competed in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Tonya finished eighth, while Nancy took the silver medal.

Folks in the Twittersphere were NOT down with Tonya still playing a victim all these years after Nancy’s attack and still refusing to own up to her role in it:

What do you think about Tonya’s interview, Mwbuzzers?

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Nancy Kerrigan Slams Tonya Harding Amid New Movie & TV Special: ‘I Was The Victim’

Yikes! Nancy Kerrigan threw major shade at Tonya Harding by saying she was ‘too busy’ to see the film, ‘I, Tonya.’ And she wants the world to know SHE ‘was the victim’.

Things are still pretty awkward between Nancy Kerrigan, 48, and Tonya Harding, 47. Nancy, who was allegedly attacked in 1994 by Harding’s “friends,” claims she is the victim in the story, according to the Boston Globe. When asked about the film I, Tonya, Nancy said, “I’ve been busy. I was at the national [figure skating] championships this week so I didn’t watch the Golden Globes. I haven’t seen the movie. I’m just busy living my life. I was the victim. Like that’s my role in this whole thing. That’s it.” It’s clear the former teammates haven’t really patched things up, but we can’t really blame Nancy.

For those of you who may not know, Kerrigan was viciously struck on the knee during an Olympic practice session. Her attacker was a hitman who was hired by Tonya’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and his friend Shawn Eckhart. The reason for the attack was to eliminate Nancy from the competition. So sad! As a result of the hit, Tonya was banned from competing in any USFSA-sponsored event. Tonya was also stripped of her titles including the World Championship title.

Tonya has since revealed that she heard about the plan to attack Nancy two months before it happened. How shocking! “I did overhear them talking about stuff, where, ‘Well, maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure she gets on the team.’ And I remember telling them, I go, ‘What the hell are you talking about? I can skate,” Tonya said in an interview with ABC News. Despite her involvement, Tonya feel she has done enough apologizing. Although it seems Nancy isn’t read to bury the hatchet, she does believe they both need to move on. “She’s got her life. I’ve got my life. We both have wonderful lives and that should be all that matters,” Nancy said. Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story premieres, Jan. 11 on ABC at 9 p.m.

Mwbuzzers, do you think Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding should move on? Let us know your thoughts below!

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Tonya Harding: 5 Things To Know About Olympic Figure Skater Before Tell-All Interview

The world got to see part of the story when ‘I, Tonya’ hit theaters, but now, Tonya Harding is telling her side of things in a new interview! Get to know her, here!

Tonya Harding, 47, sat down with ABC News’ Amy Robach, 44, to tell her side of the story involving the 1994 baton attack that was carried out on her Olympic teammate and longtime rival Nancy Kerrigan, 48. The special, titled Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story, will take viewers back in time to the rise and fall of Tonya’s career, and her present-day life. It will air on January 11 at 9 PM ET on ABC. Here’s five things you should know about Tonya before her tell-all interview!

1. Tonya Harding is an American figure skater, who is well known for the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan; One of the biggest sports scandals in American history. — However, she made history as the first American woman to land a triple axel jump in competition at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tonya was the 1991 U.S. champion and 1991 World Championship silver medallist. Tonya, a Portland, Oregon native, began skating at just 3-years-old.

2. What should I know about the figure skating scandal that ended her career? — Tonya and Nancy were gearing up for their second games together on January 6, 1994, practicing for the US Women’s Championships in Detroit, MI. Tony’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly and his friend, Shawn Eckardt hired a man to injure Nancy leading up to the 1994 Winter Olympics. The attack happened after Nancy had gotten off the ice from practicing and ventured into the locker room [as seen below]. She was then clubbed in the right knee, with what she described as “some hard, hard black stick.” The infamous video below shows her crying while screaming, “Why?!” — A moment and a scream so chilling that it has never been forgotten.

Gillooly and Eckardt pleaded guilty to racketeering for their involvement in the incident. Gillooly was sentenced to two years in prison, and Eckardt was sentenced to 18 months, and they let authorities know that Tonya was involved. She denied having any involvement in the attack, but pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution. She had to pay a $160,000 fine and was sentenced to three years’ probation and 500 hours community service.

3. Did Tonya really do it? — That, is the question, isn’t it? To this day, Tonya holds on to her innocence.

4. When her skating career ended, Tonya boxed professionally. — In March 1994, Tonya pleaded guilty to hindering the investigation. She was sentenced to probation, community service, and a fine. Six months after the attack Tonya was stripped of her titles [including the World Championship title she won while Nancy was out] and she was also banned from competing. She then went on to box professionally, where she even appeared on the TV show, Celebrity Boxing.

5. What should I know about Tonya’s new tell-all interview? — Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story explores the figure skater’s career before and after the attack on Nancy. Tonya opens up about her history-making triple axel, as well as her difficult childhood, allegations of abuse from her mother and her first husband, her rise in competitive figure skating and the depiction of her life in the new critically-acclaimed movie, I, Tonya, where Margot Robbie, 27, plays her, according to ABC News. Watch the trailer before tonight’s interview!

Mwbuzzers, will you be tuning in to Tonya’s tell-all interview?

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Tonya Harding Reveals She’s Close To Landing Her Triple Axel Again

Tonya Harding was the first U.S. woman to EVER land a triple axel in competition, in 1991, and now, she’s back on the ice and close to landing triples in 2018!

Tonya Harding, 47, became the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel in competition at the 1991 Nationals, and now, the disgraced skater is back on the ice! Tonya is back in the spotlight thanks to the movie about her life, called I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie, and in an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach, Tonya says, “I just did it. Nobody else did it. Nobody helped me land that triple axel right there in that moment.” Japanese skater Midori Ito is credited as the first woman to land a triple-triple jump and a triple axel in competition, which she did in 1991.

Now, 27 years later, she’s back on the ice, and proving that she still has that crazy technical ability! “[I] want to get back and do the things that I love to do, which is my triples,” she says. She was filmed for the ABC piece doing some double-double combinations, so maybe her triple axel isn’t too far away? But let me tell you, a triple axel is HARD. Nathan Chen, who is America’s golden child on the 2018 Men’s Olympic team, FELL on his triple axel at the 2017 World Championships. He has FIVE QUADS in his program that he will perform at the Olympics. But the triple axel is sometimes harder than a quad, because it’s the only jump that had a forward-facing take-off. I skated for 10 years as a kid and never even felt super confident doing a SINGLE axel in competition.

For I, Tonya, producer Tom Ackerley told The Hollywood Reporter that they could not find a stunt double to do the triple axel from Tonya’s famous routine. “There’s been only six women since Tonya who have done a triple axel. Even if there was one who was doing it today, she’d be training for the Olympics and couldn’t risk doing it for the film.” They had to used a COMPUTER to show the jump on screen — insane. Watch Tonya on the ice in 2018 below:

Mwbuzzers, do you think Tonya Harding will get her triple axel back?

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Tonya Harding Nearly Walks Out Of Interview After Piers Morgan Calls Nancy Kerrigan ‘The Real Victim’

Awkward! Piers Morgan made Tonya Harding so uncomfortable during a recent interview that she almost ended it early! See the tense clip here.

There Piers Morgan goes again, running his mouth. The controversial TV host invited legendary figure skater Tonya Harding onto his program, Good Morning Britain, for a January 9 interview. Tonya was there to discuss her career and the Margot Robbie-starring biopic, I, Tonya. Piers tried to divert the conversation to the infamous Nancy Kerrigan incident, and suggested that Tonya was trying to make people feel sorry for her — not Nancy. The rude line of questioning clearly rubbed Tonya the wrong way.

“I respect you for trying to ask these questions, however I am really here just to talk about the future and what it means,” Tonya said. “My movie now, to me, is going to help so many people to realize that it is okay to ask for help. It took me so long to be able to ask for somebody to help me. So that’s why I’m here speaking to you today.” Piers persisted, telling Tonya, “Maybe it suits you to play the victim. But I think the victim in all this wasn’t you. It was Nancy Kerrigan who had her Olympic dream shattered.”

Wow. Tonya nearly split after that. She paused for an uncomfortable amount of time before responding: “Thank you so much. I appreciate being on your show, but I think I’m going to have to say, ‘Have a good night.’” Piers was shocked that she was going to dip from the interview early; Tonya eventually stayed for the rest of the segment.

“You weren’t letting me finish,” Tonya said. “I think that many people are the victims of abuse every single day and can’t stand up for themselves. People need to be able to understand that we need to stand united and that abuse should not be happening anymore.”

Mwbuzzers, are you shocked that Piers said that to Tonya? Let us know!

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Tonya Harding now says she remembers ex-husband discussing 'taking somebody out'

ABC News’ upcoming special Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story is turning out to be the perfect complement to I, Tonya.

As Harding has re-entered the cultural conversation with the release of Craig Gillespie’s Oscar-contending film, which stars Margot Robbie as the Olympic skater, she has begun making several high-profile public appearances: Harding was a guest of the film’s team at the Golden Globes, recently appeared on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter opposite Margot Robbie, and agreed to an extensive interview for ABC’s new documentary, set for a Thursday premiere.

Judging by the preview ABC aired on Tuesday, The Tonya Harding Story might be making some news of its own.

In the clip released by ABC, the network’s Amy Robach presses Harding on what she knew about the attack on Kerrigan, her once-Olympic rival, and when. Initially, Harding maintains that ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (played in the film by Sebastian Stan) never told her anything or asked for her “permission,” and that outside of sending an anonymous death threat, she was totally in the dark.

But then Harding remembers something else. “I did, however, overhear them talking about stuff where, ‘Well, maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure she gets on the team,’” she revealed. “And I remembered telling them, I go, ‘What the hell are you talking about? I can skate.’”

She then clarified that despite overhearing this, it didn’t click after Kerrigan was attacked that Gillooly may have been speaking about Kerrigan.

I, Tonya features both Harding and Gillooly pleading ignorance on what happened to Kerrigan; the film is told from their competing perspectives. After Kerrigan was attacked, Harding was banned from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for life, after pleading guilty to hindering the prosecution, while Gillooly accepted a plea offer in exchange for his testimony against Harding.

ABC will premiere Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story airs on Jan. 11 at 9 p.m. ET. I, Tonya is currently in theaters.

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Timothee Chalamet Looks Shocked To Be Sitting Next To Tonya Harding At The Globes

And your 2018 Golden Globes meme is…Timothée Chalamet! The actor was caught in the midst of a star-struck moment when he realized Tonya Harding was sitting next to him! See the hilarious photo!

In case didn’t know, Timothée Chalamet, 22, is a big fan of Tonya Harding! When Allison Janney, 58, took the stage to accept the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her work in I, Tonya, she acknowledged that the real Tonya Harding, 47, was in the room. After her announcement, cameras panned to Tonya, who was sitting at Janney’s table. As the audience burst into a collective applause, cameras caught Timothée just learning that Tonya was sitting near him. And, he was shocked to say the least! Check out the now viral photo of the Call Me By Your Name actor with his jaw on the floor after seeing Tonya!


Mwbuzzers, give us your reaction to Timothee’s reaction!

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Tonya Harding was ‘so nervous’ the first time she watched 'I, Tonya'

I, Tonya has been sparking debate and earning buzz ever since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and as we head into awards season, Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding biopic is a hit, earning three Golden Globe nominations (including best actress for Robbie and best musical or comedy).

The film has also earned a fan in Harding herself. Harding and Robbie appear together on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s newest issue, where the figure skater opens up about her initial reluctance to be involved in the movie — and why she’s glad she went through with it.

“I was grateful that [I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers] actually came to us first, but I wasn’t going to do it,” Harding told THR. “I was like, ‘I don’t want to go through this again. I’ve been through enough, and I have my son now.’ Michael Rosenberg, my manager, talked me into doing this possibly as closure. I was so nervous to watch it, but when I saw it, I wasn’t watching a movie about me. I was watching Margot, and then I went, ‘Oh my goodness. That’s about me.’”


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The film follows Harding from her poverty-stricken upbringing with an abusive mother (played by Allison Janney) to becoming a household name for her skating achievements to her eventual fall from grace, after her association with the notorious attack on Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. To play the controversial skater, Robbie met with Harding before filming began.

“When I saw her, I was like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so beautiful. Thank you, God!’” Harding said with a laugh. “And I did not expect [Robbie] to be so kind and forthcoming with me because I’ve had so much disrespect in my life. I don’t even wish for my worst enemy to have to go through anything that I went through.”

Today, Harding has a young son, and she works as a landscaper and deck-builder, but she still skates “every week.”

“We have a rink about 50 minutes from my house,” Harding said. “It makes me feel alive. If I wasn’t in pain most of the time while I’m skating, I’d be out there much longer. But I’m going to go back to doing my triples. I know once I land one, it will be like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s how it feels.’”

Read the full Q&A with Harding and Robbie at The Hollywood Reporter.

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