When Margot Robbie, who produced and stars within the Barbie film out this summer time, and director Greta Gerwig had been casting the film, they wished actresses who might exude what they describe as “Barbie vitality.” However as Robbie instructed Vogue in an in-depth, new function on the making of the movie, they stored coming again to 1 actress. “Gal Gadot is Barbie vitality,” Robbie stated. “As a result of Gal Gadot is so impossibly stunning, however you don’t hate her for being that stunning, as a result of she’s so genuinely honest, and she or he’s so enthusiastically variety, that it’s virtually dorky. It’s like proper earlier than being a dork.”
Finally, Gadot wasn’t accessible, however Vogue lists the actresses whom Robbie and Gerwig felt beamed “Barbie vitality” and had been accessible: Issa Rae, Hari Nef, Emma Mackey, Dua Lipa, Sharon Rooney, Ana Cruz Kayne, Alexandra Shipp, and Kate McKinnon, amongst others. Robbie, the journal says, is “Stereotypical Barbie.”
Casting Ken additionally required particular consideration since, in Barbie’s world, Ken is Barbie’s final sidekick. Vogue studies that Helen Mirren delivers a voiceover within the film explaining, “Barbie has an important day every single day; Ken solely has an important day if Barbie appears to be like at him.” Gerwig identified within the article that Ken’s second banana standing is kind of just like the Bible in reverse. “Ken was invented after Barbie, to burnish Barbie’s place in our eyes and on the planet,” she stated. “That form of creation delusion is the alternative of the creation delusion in Genesis.” They discovered what they wanted in Ryan Gosling.
One of many final issues they wanted to determine when casting the film is simply current Barbie and Ken as sexual creatures. That’s if they’re “horny” in any respect. “I’m like, ‘OK, she’s a doll,’” Robbie stated. “‘She’s a plastic doll. She doesn’t have organs. If she doesn’t have organs, she doesn’t have reproductive organs. If she doesn’t have reproductive organs, would she even really feel sexual want? No, I don’t suppose she might.” That thought course of led Robbie to conclude that Barbie “is sexualized, however she ought to by no means be horny. Folks can mission intercourse onto her. … She will be able to put on a brief skirt, however as a result of it’s enjoyable and pink. Not as a result of she wished you to see her butt.”
Barbie’s producers revealed the various Barbies that can seem within the movie, out July 21, in a trailer that got here out final month. Rae performs “President Barbie,” Ritu Arya is “Journalist Barbie,” Mackey is “Physicist Barbie,” and Kate McKinnon is “Gymnast Barbie,” amongst others.