Metalheads have defended Margot Robbie after Cate Blanchett expressed surprise at her fellow Australian actor’s taste in music.
During a performance on The Graham Norton show, Robbie told host Graham Norton that she had a “goth, very emo” phase, during which she listened to heavy metal music, “dyed my hair black and only cut it with a razor”.
Blanchett, who was also being interviewed by Norton, stepped in to ask Robbie, “Does anyone like heavy metal music?
“Was that something you really liked?” continued the Academy Award winner.
Robbie, 32, confirmed she still “really” into heavy metal, before Blanchett joked, “You into monster trucks and stuff like that?”
Robbie, who can currently be seen in Babylonthen revealed that she had never had so many people recognize her as she did at a Slipknot concert she attended when she was working on it Neighbors.
“It wasn’t monster trucks and Slipknot; it was Neighbors and Slipknot,” she continued, explaining the intersection of people who loved both metal music and the Australian soap opera.
“That’s quite the Venn diagram,” Norton joked.
Rolling stone editor Marlow Stern tweeted a clip of their interaction, with the caption, “Love Cate blanchett was totally flabbergasted that Margot Robbie was an emo girl in metal music”.
Metal fans on Twitter defended Robbie, labeling Blanchett’s comments as “condescending”, while one person wrote, “I love how Cate Blanchett has no idea what metal fans are like IRL.”
Another called Robbie the “metal rep for Hollywood”, while a third suggested Blanchett’s comment was “rather judgmental”.
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“As a metalhead, this is the worst thing I’ve ever heard someone ask about metal. Smh Cate Blanchett. Do better,” another wrote.
TBEN has contacted Blanchett for comment.