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Margot Robbie paid off her mother’s mortgage with earnings from breakout The Wolf of Wall Street role

Margot Robbie said anyone would do as she did for her mother  (Getty Images for Warner Bros.)
Margot Robbie said anyone would do as she did for her mother (Getty Images for Warner Bros.)

Margot Robbie has revealed how her breakout role in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street helped her pay off her mother’s mortgage.

The Australian actress portrayed Naomi Lapaglia, the wife of real-life stock market scammer Jordan Belfort, in the Martin Scorsese drama opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

The success of the Oscar-nominated film meant a year after its release, Robbie was able to pay off her mother Sarie Kessler’s mortgage for her 60th birthday, according to News.com.au.

The 33-year-old said on the latest episode of CBS’s Sunday Morning: “She’d take money out of the house mortgage, lend me money, so I always knew I got to pay that back.

“And then one day, when I made enough money, I just paid that whole mortgage off completely.

“I was like, ‘Mum, don’t even worry about that mortgage anymore. It doesn’t even exist anymore’.”

Robbie played Naomi Lapaglia in The Wolf of Wall Street (Handout)
Robbie played Naomi Lapaglia in The Wolf of Wall Street (Handout)

She added: “Everything I owed my mum, I had it written down.

“Honestly, anyone in my position... you’d do that for your mum.”

The star previously credited her mother with pushing her to Hollywood career after she experienced one of her “lowest moments” following her The Wolf of Wall Street success aged 23.

Recalling the difficult period of her life, Robbie told Vanity Fair in 2022: “Something was happening in those early stages and it was all pretty awful, and I remember saying to my mum, ‘I don’t think I want to do this’.

“And she just looked at me, completely straight-faced, and was like, ‘Darling, I think it’s too late not to.’ That’s when I realised the only way was forward.”

Robbie has set the cinematic world alight in Greta Gerwig’s critical and box office hit Barbie, playing the popular Mattel doll who ventures into the real world to find her life’s purpose.