From the proverbial wrong side of the tracks in Portland, Oregon, former competitive figure skater Tonya Harding was never fully accepted in the figure skating community for not inherently being the image of grace, breeding and privilege that the community wanted to portray, despite her being naturally gifted in the sport athletically.
Tonya found her career derailed after she was implicated in a brutal assault on one of her skating rivals.
In I Tonya, the new comedy biopic, Margot Robbie, who plays Tonya, is as wide-eyed and crazy as figure skater herself, who is essentially bullied from an early age into developing tunnel vision, with only a career on the ice capable of lifting her from her deprived roots – one character calls it her “super power”. The bullying is largely perpetrated by Allison Janney, who has been hoovering up awards as Harding’s mother and, later, by Sebastian Stan as the abusive husband who would later play into his wife’s very public downfall.
Margot Robbie has spoken at length about how she practically ‘became’ Tonya Harding while filming I Tonya. The Australian actress even did a lot of the live skating scenes, although naturally, would not be attempting to follow in Harding’s footsteps in performing a triple axel… The Daily Mail on how Margot, 27, jokingly attempting and ‘nailing’ the stunt on solid ground… Read more