First off, Quentin Tarantino saying “I reject your hypothesis” is as perfect of an answer as possible. There are some things about Tarantino worthy of being critical about (EX: the Uma Thurman car crash story), but this is not one of them. It’s an unnecessary shot and, in my opinion, demeans the role and acting performance of Margot Robbie.
Even without seeing ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ yet, it’s clear Robbie is very proud of her performance.
“To show the wonderful sides of her could be done without speaking. I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character without dialogue, which is an interesting thing. Rarely do I get an opportunity to spend so much time on my own as a character.” — transcript via CNN
That’s such a great response and further drives home the point that the question being asked was really stupid. Representation in Hollywood is a problem, no doubt, and denying that is crazy. HOWEVER, she’s clearly proud of a prominent, front-and-center role in which she can pull off a different type of performance and add to her young, yet impressive career. Performances in movies do not have to be based around only dialogue or how many lines someone receives in a script. I think, if anything, it’s disrespectful to the actor or actress to reduce someone’s role into a movie to just “how many lines they got.”
HUMBLE-BRAG TIME: I had the chance to work with Robbie a few times at my last job and she is, without question, one of the nicest people in all of entertainment. On multiple occasions, she was engaging, kind and willing to work with my frumpy ass at 7:00 in the morning. She’s a dynamite actress in essentially every movie she stars in and you can see the well thought out and professional tone she takes with everything in her press conference response.
NOTE: Brad Pitt and Leo’s faces during that question were hilarious…