Keeping their relationship under wraps has been the couple’s modus operandi since the beginning. In a February 2018 interview with The Guardian, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star explained that she and Ackerley were initially roommates in Clapham, London, England, after meeting on the set of Suite Française. A year into their living situation, their relationship blossomed into more while she was filming The Legend of Tarzan and Ackerley was working on the Mission: Impossible sequel. The catch? They didn’t tell their five (?!) other roommates. “We kept it a secret,” she explained. “Because we weren’t really taking it seriously. ‘Oh, whatever, we’re just mates, we’re just mates.’ And then…everyone found out.”
Robbie explained that things got “dramatic” in their household immediately. “I’m not going into the details, but s**t hit the fan. Our house turned into The Jerry Springer Show for a moment there. But then, the dust settled, and it was all good. Everyone was like, ‘No! This is going to ruin our group!’ And then it didn’t. It was fine.” Thank goodness.
In fact, their relationship did so little to dismantle their group that they still lived in the same place post wedding. The Australian actress joked that their roommates eventually had to tell them, “‘You guys had a wedding. You have to live on your own now.’ It honestly hadn’t occurred to us. We were like, ‘Hm, what? Just the two of us? That’s gonna be weird.’” Needless to say, they eventually got used to it.