Margot Robbie reveals Neighbours co-stars taught her life skills and let her sleep on their couches

‘Toadie showed me how to do taxes!’: Margot Robbie reveals her Neighbours co-stars taught her life skills and ‘let her sleep on their couches’ when she joined the soap aged 17

Margot Robbie has revealed her Neighbours co-stars all pitched in to teach her life skills when she joined the soap as a hapless teenager. 

The Hollywood actress, 32, bagged the role of Donna Freedman on the Australian show when she was just 17 and moved to Melbourne where she had no friends or family.   

Yet her colleagues soon took her under their wing, with Margot explaining that they gave her the tools she needed to pursue acting full-time. 

Starting out: Margot Robbie has revealed her Neighbours co-stars all pitched in to teach her life skills when she joined the soap as a hapless teenager

Starting out: Margot Robbie has revealed her Neighbours co-stars all pitched in to teach her life skills when she joined the soap as a hapless teenager

Speaking at the BAFTA: A Life in Pictures event in London on Tuesday evening, she recalled: ‘Everyone on that show I was really, really close with… 

‘Toadie [Ryan Moloney] taught me how to do my taxes and Dr Karl [Alan Fletcher] helped me out with a side gig because I needed money to pay rent.

‘Susan Kennedy [Jackie Woodburne] showed me how to roast a chicken… I slept on everyone’s couches! Everyone pitches in to help you out.’

She added: ‘I attribute so much of who I am now and what I can do now to being on Neighbours. I didn’t go to film or drama school, I learnt on the job. It was some of the greatest years of my life and like my university years.’ 

Peas in a pod: Speaking at the BAFTA: A Life in Pictures event in London on Tuesday, she recalled, 'Toadie [Ryan Moloney] taught me how to do my taxes' (pictured together in 2010)

Peas in a pod: Speaking at the BAFTA: A Life in Pictures event in London on Tuesday, she recalled, ‘Toadie [Ryan Moloney] taught me how to do my taxes’ (pictured together in 2010) 

Having signed on for a contract, Margot revealed she always planned to try and crack America when her time on the soap came to an end. 

She revealed: ‘I asked Neighbours to kill me off in a big spectacular death and they didn’t because they wanted to make sure I could have my job back if it didn’t work out in America – that gave me all the drive I needed.’  

Margot, who played Donna between 2008 and 2011, made a quick cameo in the final TV episode of the soap, which she found ‘very emotional.’ 

While the show has since been saved and will be revived digitally, Margot was one of the many stars who returned for the star-studded finale. 

She explained: ‘When it was ending it was a very emotional thing. I wrote everyone a big letter with all my memories and sent 37 bottles of champagne for the years it had been on air – and of course I did a video they could play.’ 

After moving to Hollywood, Margot landed a role in TV series Pan Am and two years later in 2013 she bagged her first feature film role in Richard Curtis’ romantic comedy About Time.

First gig: The Hollywood actress, 32, bagged the role of Donna Freedman on the Australian show when she was just 17 and moved to Melbourne where she had no friends or family

First gig: The Hollywood actress, 32, bagged the role of Donna Freedman on the Australian show when she was just 17 and moved to Melbourne where she had no friends or family

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