Before she was Barbie, Margot Robbie almost had a role in another culturally iconic project: American Horror Story: Asylum.
In the most recent episode of backstage’s podcast In the Envelopecasting director Eric Dawson opened up about how Robbie almost got cast in the second season of Ryan Murphy’s American horror story.
“Margot is probably one of my favorite auditions of all time, and it was right before she broke out,” said Dawson. “She was just such a star. It was just crazy, her attraction and when she came into the room and her voice. Everything about it.”
Despite not landing the role in the popular anthology series, the Emmy-nominated casting director knew she would one day become a major actress.
“That was one of those things you say as a casting director, ‘This is a star. What should we do with her?’” he recalled. “Then she started right off, boom, boom, boom, and she was outside of our kind of hiring capabilities, but that’s really the nice thing about casting, seeing the people whose careers just go up.”
Shortly after auditioning for the series, Robbie landed her first major role as Naomi Lapaglia The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then, the two-time Oscar-nominated actress has starred in films like Suicide Squad, I, Tonya, Once upon a time in Hollywood, Bomb, Amsterdam, Babylon And Asteroid City. Most recently, she starred in Greta Gerwig’s record-breaking blockbuster Barbie.
Asylum aired from 2012 to 2013 and received 18 Emmy nominations. It starred Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and James Cromwell, among others, with special guest stars Chloë Sevigny and Ian McShane. Dylan McDermott, Mark Consuelos, Adam Levine and Mark Margolis had recurring roles on the show.
Murphy and Dawson have worked together since the 1990s, with Dawson serving as the casting director cheerfulnessevery season of American horror story and, most recently, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Storyfor which he received his eighth Emmy nomination.