Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn: Revisiting the iconic Brooklyn twist in voice
A throwback to Margot Robbie's journey in perfecting Harley Quinn's distinctive voice. Drawing inspiration from Lorraine Bracco to the Animated Series, Robbie found her roller-coaster sound.
Margot Robbie (Source: Vanity Fair)
Margot Robbie’s Voice Mastery for Harley Quinn
Seven years ago, Suicide Squad splashed onto our screens, and Gotham City’s mischievous vixen, Harley Quinn made quite the noise. Not just because of her bombastic actions, but also that voice! Who can forget that sassy Margot Robbie’s Brooklyn-ish drawl, so perfectly contrasting with the zany pitches of the animated series?
Channeling the Real to the Animated
Margot Robbie was thrown into a whirlpool of fan expectations. The animated series' high-pitched version of Harley was undeniably iconic. Robbie, in her ever-charming wit, recollects, "She’s got a very high-pitched voice, which for the lighthearted stuff, the crazy stuff, works really well in Suicide Squad. But when it’s a pretty raw emotional scene, you lose the gravity when you’re speaking in such a high voice."
Brooklyn Vibes with a Dash of Mob Madness
Yet, as reported by USA Today, Robbie's desire for authenticity took her on a Brooklyn detour. Her muse? None other than the fiery Lorraine Bracco of Goodfellas fame. Robbie was infatuated with Bracco’s voice as it diverged from her Aussie tones in The Wolf of Wall Street. She dished, "Bracco is nuts in some scenes, completely crazy, but it’s never a high-pitched crazy doll voice. It comes from a very real deep primal place."
This tonal tightrope walk between Bracco's resonant depth and the animated Harley's chirpiness delivered a voice that was raw, real, and rollicking. "My spectrum goes from Lorraine Bracco to animated Harley, and it’s just a roller coaster between those two throughout the film," Robbie mused.
From our vantage point today, it’s clear that Robbie's commitment to her craft shone through every iteration of Harley she portrayed. It wasn’t just about hitting the right notes or perfecting an accent. It was about embodying a character, capturing her essence, and ensuring that each laugh, cry, and manic giggle resounded with authenticity.
The nostalgia is palpable as we reminisce about Robbie's dedication and the golden age of comic adaptations. And while the winds of entertainment keep shifting, Robbie's voice as Harley remains etched in our memories, evergreen and ever-quirky.
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