It’s hard to believe in just seven short years Margot Robbie has gone from being virtually unknown globally, to becoming a two-time Oscar-nominated actress and one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood.

The 30-year-old Australian actress, who is leading David O. Russell’s new untitled star-studded film, was starring on local soap Neighbours when her big break audition came in 2013.

The then 23-year-old was up for the part of Leonardo DiCaprio’s love interest in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and she made a split second decision during her screen test that could have been more break than make.

“In my head I was like, ‘You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don’t do something impressive nothing will ever come of it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, just take it.’” Robbie told Harper’s Bazaar at the time.

She added: “And so I start screaming at him (DiCaprio) and he’s yelling back at me. And he’s really scary. I can barely keep up.

“And he ends it saying, ‘You should be happy to have a husband like me. Now get over here and kiss me.’ So I walk up really close to his face and then I’m like, ‘Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever?’

“But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, Whack! I hit him in the face. And then I scream, ‘F**k you!’ And that’s not in the script at all. The room just went dead silent and I froze.”

Sounds slightly awkward, but as it turns out, that was what won her the part.