‘Pan Am’ Actress Margot Robbie Girdles Herself for Success

Margot Robbie ABC photo by Bob D'Amico

Aussie actress Margot Robbie of ABC’s Sept. 25-premiering “Pan Am” lets us know the series team, including herself, didn’t scrimp on verisimilitude.  “We did a lot of research before we began shoting.  One of our APs (associate producers) was a Pan Am stewardess in the ’60s, so we can go to her to make sure everything is correct.  All the etiquette, the protocol, how it was done is true to the era,” she says. 

That includes the wearing of girdles under those smart blue uniforms.  “You have to — every day, all day.  I don’t know how they did it. And rollers in their hair.  How could they sleep?  I don’t know how women could stand it, strapped in with all these girdles and long-line bras.  They’re worth wearing, but they are painful.”  She also says that, like the old-fashioned corsets actresses sometimes find themselves having to wear, “At the end of the day when you take it off, your body has morphed into that shape.  It’s weird.”