Barbie: On the red carpet with Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Dua Lipa and Will Ferrell
In a summer brimming with major cinematic releases, none has sparked as much anticipation and sheer fan delight as the live-action Barbie movie. From its inception, this playful exploration of the beloved dolls’ journey from a utopian doll kingdom to the harsh reality of our world promised to be a piece of entertainment like no other. However, beneath the sequins and sparkle, audiences will find a core message of self-discovery and individuality that sets this film apart. Enlivened by Margot Robbie’s vivacious portrayal of the iconic doll, and supported by a diverse ensemble of gifted actors – including super star Ryan Gosling – Barbie showcases the narrative skills of director Greta Gerwig and co-writer Noah Baumbach. With vibrant visuals, compelling characters and an infectious energy, Barbie transcends the confines of its plastic origins to offer a profound reflection on perfection, acceptance and self-love.
London had the pleasure of welcoming the popular dolls to the real world today, as the European premiere of Barbie unfolded in Leicester Square. The event was a star-studded affair, with the cast, creators and excited fans gathering to celebrate this landmark moment. Just like in Barbie Land, everyone present was united in their excitement and anticipation for the movie’s official release.
Margot Robbie, embodying the spirit of Barbie, shared her exhilaration about the opportunity to play an iconic figure and described the film as a “giant dance party” to which everyone is invited. She also expressed her absolute certainty about Ryan Gosling being the perfect choice for Ken, labelling him as “perfect in every way.”
Ryan Gosling returned the compliment, highlighting the unexpected joys of the film. He spoke of how the project was tailored with him in mind and how that shaped his experiences both on and off-screen. Despite the bleach-induced blur, Gosling relished playing Ken and hinted at a particularly special dream ballet sequence that involved the help of his children. As for his favorite Ken look? Anything that includes a headband and a faux fur jacket.
Pop sensation Dua Lipa, who contributed to the film’s soundtrack and played Mermaid Barbie, was effervescent with joy. She recounted her excitement when she was asked to participate in the film and expressed her absolute love for her character’s outfits.
Emma Mackey, who plays Physicist Barbie, was thrilled to be a part of the project. She particularly admired director Greta Gerwig’s immersive approach and the atmosphere she created on the set. Mackey also expressed her fondness for Margot Robbie’s Barbie outfits and her love for her own character’s multifaceted personality.
Director Greta Gerwig shared her journey from being asked by Margot Robbie to be part of the project to becoming the driving force behind the scenes. She emphasised the joy and wildness of the film, and the importance of creating an experience that would resonate with the audience.
Will Ferrell, who portrays the CEO of Mattel, was equally thrilled to be a part of the project and be present at the European premiere in London, where the movie was filmed.
Simu Liu, most recognised for his Marvel character Shang-Chi, takes on an entirely fresh persona as one of the variations of Ken. He told us about the surrealness of premiering in London, confessing his love for the city and outlining his journey from the initial phone call about the role to becoming Ken. He hints at a unique script, a rivalry dynamic and something he labels “kennergy”.
Known for bringing to life the character Eric in Netflix’s series Sex Education, Gatwa shared his exciting on-set experiences, from standing next to Ryan Gosling to expressing his own “kennergy” through a cowboy hat. He confessed his love for double denims and praised working with Gerwig, labelling the experience as “pure joy”.
Film producers David Heyman and Tom Ackerley discussed the creative process behind the film and the exceptional marketing campaign that sets this project apart. They mentioned a pink-filled Barbie Land and revealed a bit about the delightful world they created for the movie
Finally, America Ferrera talked about her character Gloria, emphasising the importance of celebrating uniqueness and praising the script that left her laughing and crying. Hinting at her favourite Barbie look, she described the film as a tribute to individuality and inclusivity.
With such a vibrant cast and passionate creators, the live-action Barbie movie promises to be an enchanting blend of entertainment, emotion and insightful commentary. As the world eagerly awaits the film’s release, the premiere has only heightened the anticipation and excitement surrounding Barbie’s cinematic debut.
The editorial unit