There were high expectations for Margot Robbie when she took on the role of playing the late actress Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but according to her sister, Robbie channelled her spirit perfectly.
Sharon Tate was a prolific actress, a fashion icon and a much-loved socialite at the height of the Sixties. Sadly, her life story is defined by one brutal chapter: her murder when she was eight-and-a-half-months pregnant at the hands of the Manson Family in 1969.
Recently though, the release of Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has at long last put the spotlight back on Tate and her rich cultural legacy, with actual footage of the Valley of the Dolls actress appearing in the film, and a storyline exploring her real identity. And while critics have questioned Tarantino over Margot Robbie’s limited lines in the film, Sharon Tate’s sister Debra has now shared her own opinion of the star’s performance.
In a new interview on Good Morning Britain, Tate’s sister Debra praised Robbie’s portrayal in the film, commenting that she “did an outstanding job.”
“At one point, when I was on set, I had her in my ear on a mic, and I actually shed a tear because she sounded just like Sharon,” she told hosts Kate Garraway and Adil Ray.
“It was very, very interesting and an opportunity to visit, again, with the live Sharon, not just the Sharon on the film screen.”
Last month, Robbie revealed that she wore several pieces of jewellery that belonged to Tate in a bid to help her personally connect to the late actress and honour her memory.
“It was kind of sometimes very sad to be that closely connected with real-life Sharon,” she told E! News. “Suddenly the tragedy of it all would hit you and you’d be tremendously sad.”
Debra Tate went on to explain that she had gifted Robbie with some of her sister’s favourite gems to wear on set, which she believed helped her immerse herself in the role.
“I did want and [I think] it did help Margot achieve a closeness to Sharon by having some of her very personal items with her. It somehow made it easier to keep on point. I’m sure it helped her feel quite close to Sharon.”
Debra, who consulted on the film, also praised Tarantino for approaching the Tate family to ask permission to recount the events of 1969 in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
“Quentin Tarantino was the first to come to the family members and speak to them, and take our feelings and knowledge into consideration,” she added. “He did his due diligence and for that reason, I commend him.”
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is in cinemas now.
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