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If you found Margot Robbie’s loose braids at the Cannes Film Festival photo call a little unexpected, she had a reason for wearing them. The throwback hairstyle was a nod to slain actress Sharon Tate, who Robbie plays in her new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Spotted by writer Evan Ross, Tate wore her hair with face-framing braids at the Cannes Film Festival in 1968.
The actress completed her look with an off-the-shoulder white Chanel dress and strappy sandals.
Robbie made her Cannes debut earlier this week in a sequined black and white Chanel ensemble, paired with soft waves, a choker, and dangling earrings.
The actress, who spoke to People about preparing for the role of Tate, felt an “enormous responsibility” and spoke to Tate’s family and friends before filming. “They all said how kind, loving, and good-hearted she was,” Robbie said. “I was fortunate enough to step on to set with Debra Tate’s blessing, Sharon’s sister.”
Though Debra Tate has voiced her displeasure with the film, she seems to be a fan of Robbie’s. Tate spoke highly of the actress to TMZ last year. “Margot is an extremely dedicated craftsman,” she said. “She’s a very dedicated actress. And yes, of course, she had lots of questions about Sharon and her take on Sharon and I’m very confident she’s going to give us everything we need.”