- Emma Mackey is tired of being compared to Margot Robbie, she told the Independent.
- The star of Netflix’s “Sex Education” wants people “focus on the jobs that we’re doing rather than what we look like.”
- Season 2 of “Sex Education” is out now on Netflix, while Margot Robbie stars in “Bombshell.”
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“I genuinely just don’t see it at all,” she said. “Like, it’s lovely to be compared to Margot Robbie, but mostly I’d rather people focus on the jobs that we’re both doing rather than what we look like.”
The similarities of the two actresses are undeniable, with the Independent stating that “they have the same high cheekbones, expressive brows and square jaw.” However, Mackey is tired of the comparison and believes the film industry encounters issue time and time again.
“Hollywood churns out people who look the same and we love to put people in boxes,” said Mackey. “It’s just a thing that we do as a species, we categorise people, we always have.”
Obviously, this isn’t the first time that Mackey has heard the comparison – and Robbie has even commented on it herself. In an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumb, Robbie admitted that she was mistaken for the “Sex Education” star at The Apple Pan diner.
“Someone came up to me, I was eating a burger,” said Robbie. “And they were like ‘I loved you in ‘Sex Education,’ that show is so cool, we just started watching it.’ And I was like ‘I’m so sorry, it’s not me.'”
Responding to a clip of that video with BBC Radio 1’s Greg James, Mackey said “I just love the ‘Oh, sorry, it’s not me’ – so sweet. It just made me laugh.
“It is like a running joke now, like have Margot Robbie and Emma Mackey been seen in the same room? But all the people who know me well don’t see it at all. But I’ll take it!”
In “Sex Education,” Mackey stars as Maeve Wiley – the person who first convinces Otis (Asa Butterfield) to run an unsanctioned sex clinic as a business venture – and Maeve has quickly become something of a feminist icon. Again, Mackey doesn’t fully embrace the idea.
“I just believe in equality for people, so it’s not such a big deal. I’d rather be remembered for that than being an a–hole, so that’s good.”
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