Margot Robbie is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful women on the planet and rightly so.
The 28-year-old Gold Coast beauty is long and lean, her skin golden, her smile broad. Her eyes are the perfect blend of blue-green and when she looks at you it can be hard to stay focused. Yes. She's that beautiful and if her family snapshots are anything to go by Margot was perfect from the moment she entered this world.
Given that, it's easy to why it was confronting for her to be made to look not just plain, but genuinely ugly for her latest role as Queen Elizabeth I in Focus Features' Mary Queen of Scots.
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar Margot revealed she found the experience difficult adding that it affected her deeply, particularly when she would leave the makeup trailer only to find that nobody would catch her eye, let alone spend a moment.
"I’d say, 'Hey, how’s your weekend?' " the actress was quoted as saying.
"But they wouldn’t even get close to me. It was very alienating. And I felt very lonely. It was an interesting social experiment."
It's difficult to imagine Margot looking anything but heavenly but the film's makeup team made it happen. All the same, it wasn't easy.
In fact transforming the stunning Margot into a woman who was significantly scarred by smallpox took skill and considerable time - three and a half hours in the hair and makeup chair daily to be exact.
"They'd start with a head wrap, gelling and pinning my hair down," Margot told Harper's Bazaar.
"Then we'd do a bald cap." Various wigs were then wedged on and prosthetic scarring was also applied to her face. Makeup was last. It was refreshingly speedy, says Margot.
Surprisingly the quickest part of the transformation was the white makeup and the heavily drawn-on blush, eyebrows, lips.
Co-star Saoirse Ronan was impressed by Margot's amazing makeover but says her appearance never affects the way she behaves.
"Margot is a very, very good actor who takes her work incredibly seriously. I don't think looks even factor into it. Even when she has a glamorous role, she's got this brilliant, strong presence, and part of that is because she's a very sincere and authentic person. She's very open," Ronan says in the magazine's December 2018/January 2019 issue.
"What you see is what you get."