While being interviewed by Justin Hill at the premiere of her upcoming film, Babylon, Margot was called “maggot,” here’s why.

Margot Robbie, the two-time Oscar nominee, recently revealed the surprising reason her school friends affectionately call her ‘Maggot’. During an appearance on The Project, Robbie explained that the nickname was the result of an embarrassing misunderstanding in primary school. She said, “That has been my nickname since I was six years old. I think a substitute teacher made a mistake on the roll call and said ‘maggot’ and everyone love laughed. You can’t pick a nickname. You get given to it.”

Robbie went on to say that at the time, she hoped the blunder would have become a distant memory by lunchtime, but “here we are” still talking about it almost over two decades later. She also said that during Monday night’s Babylon premiere in Sydney, Margot was speaking to entertainment reporter Justin Hill when one of her friends yelled out, “Hey, maggot!” Justin later uploaded the clip to TikTok.

In the film Babylon, Margot plays the meteoric star Nellie LaRoy who is navigating her way through the industry by self-destructing under the pressure around her. She recently revealed that she went off-script to smooch co-star Brad Pitt in an impromptu scene, telling E! News, “How else am I going to get the chance to kiss him?”

Set in 1920s Hollywood, Babylon centers around the rise and fall of several ambitious dreamers – including the characters portrayed by leading stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. Margot said of the Hollywood drama, “It was a wild ride. There were amazing set pieces, including a party scene that took two weeks to shoot.

“Every part of it was insane and the stress levels were terrifying because there was so much going on and I didn’t want to be the one to mess it up.”

Despite the embarrassment of her nickname, Margot Robbie seems to have taken it in stride.

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