Hollywood's Margot Robbie prize for Port Levy

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 18:33 31/01/2014
Margot Robbie
Reuters

DOWNUNDER: Margot Robbie, pictured at an awards ceremony in California on January 16, is currently in Port Levy.

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Hollywood actor Margot Robbie has passed on a $1000 prize won from a radio station to the Canterbury community where she is filming her latest movie.

The 23-year-old Australian actor arrived in New Zealand last week to begin filming science fiction tale Z for Zachariah in the small Banks Peninsula settlement of Port Levy.

Robbie - who most recently appeared in Oscar-nominated movie The Wolf of Wall Street - recently replaced American Amanda Seyfried to play the role of 16-year-old farm girl Ann Burden, who believes she is the only survivor of a nuclear holocaust.

The film, based on a 1974 book of the same name, will also star Star Trek's Chris Pine and 12 Years a Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Z4Z Film Production line producer Murray Francis said he rang The Edge radio station yesterday to claim a $1000 prize they were offering to anyone who could get Robbie to ring them.

He claimed the cash before handing the phone over to Robbie.

Robbie decided to donate half the money to the Port Levy volunteer fire brigade, and the remaining $500 to the Port Levy marae "who had been so warm and welcoming to the film and its cast and crew", Francis said.

In her interview with The Edge, which aired this afternoon, Robbie said she was enjoying her first visit to New Zealand. 

"I love it, it's amazing. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was when I got here," she said. 

"Everyone's so lovely, our crew is so amazing."

Robbie also discussed how "surprisingly understanding" her family were with her nudity in the film The Wolf of Wall Street and her seemingly rapid rise to fame after appearing on long-running Australian soap opera Neighbours.

"It seems like it all happened very quickly but there was bit of a longer process from my end. It was a mixture of hard work and right time, right place," she said. 

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