In Quentin Tarantino's new movie, Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, Margot Robbie had a formidable task: to portray 1960s-era star Sharon Tate, who was murdered by the Manson family at the age of 26.
Thankfully, Robbie had some very special accessories to help her channel Tate on set. Tate's sister Debra, whom Robbie got to know as she was researching the part, gave her some of Tate's jewelry to wear.
"It was kind of, sometimes very sad to be that closely connected with real-life Sharon," Robbie explained on Today. "It would kind of hit you at moments… Suddenly the tragedy of it all would kind of hit you and you’d be tremendously sad. And other times she just made me feel so happy. But yes, there were moments where it was very sad."
The role did give her a chance to learn more about Tate's life, though. "Whenever I heard her name, I really only thought about her death," Robbie said on Today. "I was never exposed to the parts of her life when she was alive."
Robbie spoke to the late actress's family and friends, and they had nothing but praise for Tate. "They all said how kind, loving, and good-hearted she was," Robbie previously told People. "I was fortunate enough to step on to set with Debra Tate’s blessing, Sharon’s sister."
Now, we know that blessing came with a very useful gift.
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