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Liam Hemsworth and Margot Robbie in an episode of "Neighbours."

A saying in modern-day Hollywood goes something like this: The best American actors are Australian. Over the past two decades, Australian actors have taken over Tinseltown, including “Barbie” star Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Samara Weaving, Naomi Watts and Eric Bana.

Many actors have played American characters so often that people in the States have no idea they are Aussies.

Margot Robbie’s American accent is so good that she was cast to play the quintessential American woman, “Barbie,” in this summer’s biggest hit film. She proved herself by playing various American characters, from Harley Quinn to Sharon Tate.

The actor was even the subject of a backlash from Americans who think she should stop using an Australian accent in interviews.

But if you watch footage of her from one of her first acting gigs in the Australian soap opera “Neighbours,” there’s no mistaking that she’s from Dalby, Queensland, and grew up on the Gold Coast.

Prime Video recently shared a clip of her and Liam Hemsworth on the soap opera in 2008 that shows just how strong both actors' accents were before coming to Hollywood. Hemsworth starred as Josh Taylor on “Neighbours” from 2007 to 2008, and Robbie played Donna Freedman from 2008 to 2011.

Some may attribute Robbie’s strong accent to her character, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Robbie has admitted that her accent was so strong during that time that the producers on “Neighbours” asked her to tone it down.


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Several movie stars got their start on the Aussie soap #Neighbours–including these two! Recognize them? #MargotRobbie #LiamHemsworth #PrimeVideo #NeighboursPV #OnPrimeNow

Ryan Gosling is more than "Just Ken" in the new "Barbie" movie.

Ryan Gosling surprised fans and critics with his turn as a song-and-dance-man in 2016’s Academy Award-winning “La La Land” opposite Emma Stone. Many doubted whether he could actually sing and dance, but he’s dabbled in music in the past and even belted out a tune or two on “The Mickey Mouse Club” as a kid.

Now, Gosling again shows his musical side with a song in the soon-to-be-released “Barbie” movie where he plays Ken to Margot Robbie’s Barbie. But, according to the song, Ken isn’t too pleased about playing second fiddle to the princess of pink.

In “Just Ken,” Gosling sings, “I just don’t know who I am without you” to Barbie. “You’re Ken,” Margot Robbie’s Barbie responds.

“But it’s Barbie and Ken,” he fires back. “There is no ‘Just Ken.’”

“Doesn’t seem to matter what I do / I’m always No. 2,” he sings as Barbie dances away, oblivious to his pain. “Is it my destiny to live and die a life of blonde fragility? / I’m just Ken,” he continues.

But eventually, Ken finds his strength and realizes that he’s more than just a piece of arm candy. “I’m just Ken, and I’m enough / And I’m great at doing stuff / So, hey, check me out / And I’m just Ken / Baby, I’m just Ken,” he sings.

Recently, Jack Black's hit song “Peaches” from the “Super Mario Bros. Movie” has received over 47 million views on YouTube and was his first entry into the charts as a solo artist. Who knows, Gosling’s “Just Ken” may also be a hit with fans. The video should get plenty of views. Come for the fun song, and stay to see Ryan Gosling with his shirt off.

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Margot Robbie discussing "Barbie" on "The Kelly Clarkson" show

Promotion for the upcoming “Barbie” movie is in full swing as Margot Robbie (who plays the titular blonde) and a huge supporting cast grace various talk shows to chat about the film. Though no one knows fully what to expect from the story, all signs point toward it being a very fun ride.

Case in point: the adorable “favor” Robbie asked director Greta Gerwig before taking on the iconic role.

While appearing on “The Kelly Clarkson Show," Robbie, along with cast members America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon and Issa Rae, shared their personal, childhood connections to the doll. For Robbie, it was the Christmas she received a Barbie Dreamhouse that she quickly became “obsessed” with.

So obsessed, in fact, that she told Gerwig, “I’ll follow your vision. Whatever you want this Barbie movie to be, let’s do that. [But] please, please, please can we have a Dream House where she has a slide that goes from her bedroom down to her pool,? Because that is my goal in life."

Now if that’s not a relatable goal, I don’t know what is.

Robbie clearly got her wish, because in the trailer dropped on May 30, you can’t miss that shamelessly girly pink slide attached to Barbie’s house.

Even before seeing the movie, what’s apparent is that the “Barbie” creators were determined to let their inner child run wild.

In a previous interview with Vogue, Robbie shared adorable anecdotes like leaving Ryan Gosling (who plays loveable himbo doll Ken) a little present every day, bonding with all the other Barbies during a Barbie sleepover, and having “movie church” Sundays where the group would watch films that were reference points.

The set design required so much pink paint that there was an international shortage, for crying out loud. This seriously sounds like the best summer camp ever.

Barbie means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one common denominator is the way she ignites a sense of childlike wonder in our hearts. Or, at the very least, she takes us back to a time when that wonder was much easier to access. It makes sense that in order to successfully tell a story about such a magical doll, everyone involved would need to take fun very, very seriously. And the way they are doing it is so infectious that you can bet plenty of folks will show up and the movie theater dressed in pink from head to toe, with the same kind of excitement. I know I will.

Emma Watson knows how to rock a red carpet, and the Met Gala on May 2, 2016, in New York City was no different.

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The event's theme was "Fashion in an Age of Technology," and Watson totally nailed it.

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Not only was her gown stunning in and of itself, it was also created using sustainable products.

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As Watson explained, the gown combined "creativity, technology, and fashion" to send a bold message about curbing waste.

"I am proud to say it is truly sustainable and represents a connection between myself and all the people in the supply chain who played a role in creating it," she wrote on Facebook.

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According to Watson, the fabrics of the dress were woven from recycled plastic bottles — "one of the biggest pollutants on the planet," she noted. The cotton used in the design was organic — not the conventional kind that uses chemicals to grow and thus damages the earth and puts workers' health at stake. Even the zippers were crafted from recycled materials.

Watson has no plans to keep the gown locked away in a closet forever either.

"It is my intention to repurpose elements of the gown for future use," she wrote. "The trousers can be worn on their own, as can the bustier, the train can be used for a future red carpet look … I’m looking forward to experimenting with this. Truly beautiful things should be worn again and again and again."

Watson wasn't the only star committed to going green on the red carpet. Lupita Nyong’o wore a jade sequin dress that showed style and sustainability can totally go hand-in-hand.

Can we take a moment to appreciate that amazing hair style? Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images.

"The dress is a celebration of craftsmanship and truly reflects the theme" of the gala, according to Eco-Age, the brand consultancy group that partnered with the celebs.

Margot Robbie also joined the duo in celebrating Eco-Age's #GreenCarpetChallenge.

All three wore designs by Calvin Klein.

Watson, Robbie, and N'yongo. Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images.

Sustainability, FTW.

The global fashion industry isn't exactly known for its ethical treatment of people or the planet. But there's been a push for change in recent years.

"When we think of pollution, we envision coal power plants, strip-mined mountaintops, and raw sewage piped into our waterways," as Glynis Sweeny wrote for AlterNet last August. "We don’t often think of the shirts on our backs. But the overall impact the apparel industry has on our planet is quite grim."

From our reliance on cotton (a thirsty crop that needs more than its fair share of water to grow) to an over-dependence on shipping materials cheaply from around the world, thus increasing carbon footprints, Big Fashion really hasn't prioritized environmentalism (like, at all).

That's just part of what makes the #GreenCarpetChallenge designs Watson, Nyong'o, and Robbie, wore on the Met Gala red carpet such an important statement.

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Livia Firth, who co-founded the Green Carpet Challenge, is looking at the future of the fashion industry with hope.

"'Fast fashion' will slowly die as we will start realizing they have taken us for a ride for too many years, addicting us to buying too fast and too cheaply," Firth told Conscious Living TV of an industry that sacrifices the Earth and workers' well-being to produce cheap clothing.

"2016 is going to be the year where we will take fashion back for what it is: beautiful clothes made with love and quality," Firth predicted.

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Watson, Nyong’o, and Robbie can't revolutionize the fashion industry by themselves, but their red carpet looks can inspire us all to be a little bit more critical of our own closets.

And that's the best way to be fashion forward.

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