As the face (and co-producer) behind summer’s biggest blockbuster, it’s hard to imagine how Barbie hasn’t changed Margot Robbie’s life. Her press tour alone sparked a wave of fashion inspo, a 4-second shot of her stepping out of her Barbie heels ignited the #barbiefootchallenge on TikTok and people are begging for a Barbie sequel. But before filming even began, Robbie says the doll changed her in a way she didn’t expect—and it’s stuck with her ever since.
To prepare for the role, the 33-year-old star met with Mattel employees, read up on the doll’s creator, Ruth Handler, and watched documentaries. The most profound insight, though, came from Barbie’s official YouTube channel, which features a CGI Barbie speaking to kids, vlog-style.
“Barbie has this whole lesson about, like, swap out the word ‘sorry’ for the word ‘thank you,’” she shared in an interview with Teen Vogue.
The episode, which was posted back in 2018, talks about girls’ tendency to over-apologize, and how it becomes a “sorry reflex,” and that it implies that “somehow, everything that goes wrong is our fault.” Barbie cites examples, like apologizing when someone bumps into you, or saying, “sorry, could you heat this up for me?” if we’re served cold food at a restaurant.