Margot Robbie said she couldn't understand why fans backed Harley Quinn for having 'unconditional loyalty and love for a guy who treats her like s---'

BBC Radio 1/YouTube/Warner BrosMargot Robbie still doesn’t understand why fans praise Harley Quinn for being ‘in love with a mad man.’

Margot Robbie said she still doesn’t understand why fans champion Harley Quinn for being in love with a “mad man.”

Robbie said prior to playing the female anti-hero, she spent time trawling through fan forums to try and understand why the character resonated with fans so much.

“I just wanted to understand what people loved about her and to kinda make sure I could deliver that on screen and make them happy,” she said in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumb on Monday as part of her “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)” press tour.

Harley quinn joker suicide squadClay Enos/Warner Bros‘Birds of Prey’ follows Harley Quinn post break-up with the Joker.

The Australian actress said while she can see why fans respond to her “unflappable sense of humour,” she can’t come to grips as to why they celebrate her for loving someone who doesn’t treat her well.

“People really, really respond to the fact she loves a mad man,” she said. “They love the fact that she has this unconditional loyalty and love for a guy who treats her like s—.”

“Which was very confusing to me because I couldn’t understand, but I guess what’s underneath that is this idea that she isn’t perfect at all, and in fact she’s a long way off and she’s making a lot of mistakes,” Robbie added.

Harley QuinnDC ComicsHarley’s big screen debut in 2016’s ‘Suicide Squad.’

Harley Quinn’s first big screen debut in “Suicide Squad” received mixed reviews when it was released back in 2016.

However, her first standalone spin-off “Birds of Prey,” which hits theatres Friday, is already garnering critical acclaim. Insider’s Kirsten Acuna called it “immensely enjoyable because of its characters.”

It’s these strong female characters that Robbie wanted to highlight in Harley’s prequel movie.

She told the BBC that following Comic-Con in 2015, the 29-year-old pitched “Birds of Prey” after being “taken aback” by the number of fans dressed as the character despite “Suicide Squad” only being half-way through filming.

Robbie wanted to ensure Harley’s personal story was told on her terms, which meant the inclusion of violence and swearing – but most importantly featured a girl gang like the one from “Charlie’s Angels.”

“I thought, OK, everyones going to want to see Harley and Joker but I want I really want to see is a girl gang film,” she said this week.

“I don’t get to see action films with a female ensemble ever, I mean the last one that really resonated with me was the Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu ‘Charlie’s Angels’ films which I loved growing up, and I was like ‘that was years ago, why can’t we have more of that?'” Robbie said.

With her production company LuckyChap Entertainment, Robbie coproduced “Birds of Prey” with DC.

You can watch her full Radio 1 interview below:

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