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Margot Robbie & Tonya Harding Look Like Longtime BFFs At 'I, Tonya' Premiere

06 December 2017

Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan, who both co-starred in the film, were also quoted as being nervous to approach Harding to say hello.

Stevens has shared two different versions of the single "Tonya Harding", and in an essay on the figure skater, he writes that he's been trying to write a song about Harding since he first saw her skate in 1991.

Margot Robbie spent plenty of time with Tonya Harding to prepare for her new film, I, Tonya, about the 1994 scandal that rocked the figure skating world. "She's a complicated subject for a song partly because the hard facts of her life are so unusual, disputable, heroic, unprecedented, and indelibly American". In January 1994, Tonya's then-boyfriend Jeff Gillooly hired an assailant, Shane Stant, to break fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's leg at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Cobo Arena in Detroit, so that she would be unable to compete at the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Photo: Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie attend NEON and 30WEST Present the Los Angeles Premiere of I, Tonya on December 5, 2017. She was subsequently banned from the sport for life after pleading guilty to hindering authorities' investigation into the incident.

However, after recovering in time for the Winter Olympics, she won the silver medal, with Harding coming eighth. When Tonya and Gillooly got married, they filmed themselves having sex on their wedding night and produced one of the first-ever celebrity sex tapes (which they sold to Penthouse for $200,000 each).

Robbie wasn't alone in her excitement over Harding's appearance. "I didn't want to sugarcoat her. once I put on the wig, which altered my hairline, and bleached my eyebrows, I started to see Tonya".

Tonya and Margot met during filming - the skater gave the actress a few tips.

I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie previously opened up about the movie in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly. "I not only made her lips narrower but I dragged down the corners of her mouth".

Margot Robbie & Tonya Harding Look Like Longtime BFFs At 'I, Tonya' Premiere