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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.

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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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Sorry, Nancy Kerrigan Has No Interest in Seeing I, Tonya: "I Was the Victim"


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The award season buzz around Craig Gillespie’s Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya has been building for a while, especially now that lead Margot Robbie took home a Critics’ Choice award for her performance as the infamous figure skater. Although Hollywood might be charmed by the dark, comedic take on the 1994 scandal — which involved a man hired by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, bashing fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan’s knee with a baton — Kerrigan herself is decidedly not a fan. In fact, she’d appreciate it if you stopped asking her if she plans on seeing I, Tonya, OK?

“I really have nothing to say about it. I haven’t seen anything. I haven’t watched anything,” she said during a phone interview with The Boston Globe. “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.”

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The 48-year-old athlete, who went on to win the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Lillehammer following the incident, has since retired from skating. She’s continued to show her moves in a variety of ice skating shows, however, including 2006’s Skating With Celebrities on Fox, the 2007 comedy Blades of Glory, and season 24 of Dancing With the Stars. Now that Harding is going on a redemption tour of sorts, how does Kerrigan feel about it?

“I don’t know,” she told The Boston Globe. “At this point, it’s so much easier and better to just be . . . it’s not really part of my life. As you say, I was the victim. Like, that’s my role in this whole thing. That’s it. It is weird, that’s for sure. A bizarre thing. The whole thing was crazy, being that it’s a story. I mean, come on.”

Whether I, Tonya scores a coveted Oscar nomination later this month or not, it’s safe to say Kerrigan won’t be buying a ticket to see it anytime soon.

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Tonya Harding’s Mom Blasts Claim She Threw A Knife At Daughter: Tonya Is A ‘Liar’

Tonya Harding’s mother, LaVona Golden, slams her daughter’s abuse claims as an adolescent. Golden claims Harding is such a bonafide liar, that she doesn’t even know what she’s being truthful about anymore.

Tonya Harding‘s two-hour special, Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story, had no shortage of shocking moments when it aired on January 11. Harding, 47, traveled back in time to describe her tumultuous relationship with her mother, LaVona “Sandy” Golden, who she claims abused her as an adolescent. But, according to Golden, that wasn’t that case whatsoever. “I didn’t abuse any of my children,” Golden hit back in a rare interview with ABC News. “Spanked? Yes, [I] spanked,” she admitted, adding, “Absolutely, positively you [have] got to show them right from wrong.”

In the special, Harding also accuses Golden of throwing a steak knife at her when she was younger, a moment that is created in the new film I, Tonya, which was inspired by Harding’s life and centers around Harding and Golden’s volatile relationship. “Why would I throw a steak knife at anybody?” Golden said, also denying that claim.Golden went on to describe her daughter’s apparent history of lying. “She’s lied so much she doesn’t know what isn’t a lie anymore.”

But, it was a different story in Harding’s case. “I don’t think that there was more than one day a week, sometimes, that I didn’t get beaten,” Harding told ABC‘s Amy Robach, 44, during the special. Harding said that while her mother helped her pay for skating, there was a double standard. Harding claimed her mother once hit her in the bathroom at an ice rink, recalling, “I remember she dragged me into the bathroom and beat me with a hairbrush, literally.” Despite her denial, Golden admitted, “I spanked her once with a hairbrush at a competition,” but claimed that it was an isolated incident. However, Harding alleged the abuse was not just a one time thing.

Golden later disputed the claim that Harding was brought up in a bad environment. “Tonya herself called us trailer trash. We were never trailer trash. We had a beautiful new trailer,” Golden said. “We didn’t live in filth or dirt or anything that I would call unusual.”

Robach also asked if there was love in Hardin’s home growing up, to which Harding was at a loss for words. “Oh gosh… It was so long ago,” she said, before sarcastically saying that her mother was her favorite subject to talk about. “How would you describe your mom as a mother?” Robach asked. “Not a good one,” Harding said. “I know she probably did the best she probably could… When I’m being a bitch people want to know where I got it from.”

Harding eventually admitted that she knew her mother was drinking a lot around age 11, adding that her Golden would drink about half a thermos of brandy, mixed with coffee at 4:30 in the morning and then would drive her to school. “It sounds in some way you needed protection from her,” Robach said, and Harding agreed. Golden denied the drinking claims as well, saying she would drink coffee with brandy flavoring. “You can’t get drunk off brandy flavoring,” Golden scoffed, adding, “Sorry to disappoint.”

Today, Harding reveals she has a “second chance,” at life and is even skating again and close to landing her famed triple axel. She is married to her husband of seven years and has a son. “With my husband and my son, I get my second chance in life to be loved and to be happy,” she said. As for Harding’s relationship with her mother today? — “I don’t want her anywhere near me. I don’t want her anywhere near my son,” Harding admitted. “She wants forgiveness. She wants to see me. She wants to make amends. She wants to meet and be part of the family. Hell no.” Golden said she has never met her grandson.

I, Tonya — in theaters now — depicts Harding’s life, from her alleged abuse, to the rise and fall of her Olympic skating career, and the infamous attack on Nancy Kerrigan, 48. The film includes a scene in which Allison Janney, 58, who plays Golden, throws a steak knife at Harding, played by actress Margot Robbie, 27. Janney won a Golden Globe award on January 7 for her portrayal of Golden.

Mwbuzzers, what did you think of Harding’s interview?

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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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This Is Why You Recognize the Young Actress in I, Tonya


Excitement has been building for I, Tonya, the true (and unsettling) story of Olympians Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Margot Robbie plays Harding, and you’ll recognize some other faces like Allison Janney as Tonya’s mother and Sebastian Stan as Jeff Gillooly. A light bulb may also go off when you see the girl who plays young Tonya Harding, Mckenna Grace. Though she’s only 11 years old, she has quite the résumé!

Grace spent years on the kids’ show Crash & Bernstein, beginning in 2012. But her first big-name show was The Young and the Restless, where she appeared in more than 50 episodes starting in 2013.

In 2014, Grace appeared on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The following year, she acted alongside Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, and Paul Wesley in two episodes of The Vampire Diaries. In both of these series, she played the young version of another character, so we guess you could say she’s been gearing up for the young Tonya role from the start.

More recently, Grace has made various appearances in Netflix’s Full House spinoff, Fuller House. She also appeared as a child genius in the 2017 film Gifted, alongside onscreen uncle Chris Evans.

Coming up, you’ll see Grace in more episodes of ABC’s Designated Survivor, adding to more than a dozen she’s been in already. She’s also set to be in The Haunting of Hill House, a preproduction TV series.

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Tonya Harding's estranged mother disputes 'I, Tonya' portrayal



Call it Not I, LaVona.

LaVona “Sandy” Golden, the estranged mother of disgraced Olympic skater Tonya Harding, is disputing her daughter’s allegations of childhood abuse, which have received new attention after the release of the darkly comic biopic I, Tonya.

“I didn’t abuse any of my children,” Golden says in a preview of the ABC News special Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story, airing Thursday night. “Spanked? Yes, [I] spanked. Absolutely, positively you [have] got to show them right from wrong.”

Harding has alleged that her mother abused her throughout her childhood, and once even threw a steak knife at her. “I don’t think that there was more than one day a week, sometimes, that I didn’t get beaten,” Harding tells ABC in the special.

In I, Tonya — which was released last month and has gained momentum as an awards contender, including a Golden Globes win for Allison Janney’s portrayal of Golden — Harding and her mother’s tumultuous relationship is on full display. (It’s worth noting that the film wears its subjectivity on its sleeve, and begins with a disclaimer: “Based on irony free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and [ex-husband] Jeff Gillooly.”)

Golden is portrayed in the film as being emotionally and physically abusive toward Harding (played by Margot Robbie), ostensibly in an effort to groom a champion. Golden hits her daughter repeatedly, withholds bathroom breaks, hires a heckler to fire her up, and, yes, throws a steak knife at her, striking her in the arm. Golden is also seen adding alcohol to her coffee cup several times throughout the movie.

Speaking to ABC, Golden admits to spanking her daughter with a hairbrush once at a competition but says it was an isolated incident. “Why would I throw a steak knife at anybody?” she says, adding that Harding has “lied so much she doesn’t know what isn’t a lie anymore.”

As for her beverage of choice, Golden says, “I would have coffee and sometimes I would put brandy flavoring in it. I love brandy flavoring. You can’t get drunk on flavoring. Sorry to disappoint you.”

I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers declined to comment to Mwbuzz about Golden’s ABC interview; director Craig Gillespie couldn’t be reached for immediate comment.

Speaking to Mwbuzz last year about portraying Golden, Janney said, “Unfortunately, Steven couldn’t find the real LaVona Harding. He tried everywhere, everywhere led to a dead end. … The woman you see on the screen, the character that I got to play, was part [Harding’s] version of her mother; part Jeff Gillooly’s version of Tonya’s mother, his mother-in-law for a while; and part artistic license from Steven Rogers, because he didn’t have the real woman; and then me coming in there and doing what I [do], putting my spin on it.”

Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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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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