Margot Robbie claims she can hold her breath for 5 minutes underwater: eh??


Doesn’t Margot Robbie look like Vintage Sienna Miller in these photos? Crazy, right? She doesn’t look like Sienna now, but in those sunglasses, she’s definitely giving me Sienna-circa-2006 vibes. These photos of Margot are from late last week, when she was in New York doing some promotion for Suicide Squad, which will likely be her major breakout role. Her dress in these photos is Gucci – I hate it. The floral looks like cheeseball wallpaper from the 1960s and the ruffles (with piping!!!) are just bad. But I think the worst part might be those stacked heels. How does she even walk in those?

On Friday, Margot appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. She ended up telling a story about doing underwater scenes for Suicide Squad. Her story seemed… strange. To me. Margot insists that to prepare for filming a fight sequence underwater, she learned how to hold her breath for five minutes. Do you believe her?

She told Fallon:

“I worked with this amazing free-diver, and he came in and I did four sessions with him. His name’s Kirk. It’s all about lowering your metabolic rate…You kinda, like, meditate underwater. It’s what free-divers do, but it’s amazing… I got to five minutes and I was like, ‘You know what? This is above and beyond what I thought I’d get to. I’m good, I’m good with five.’”

[From EW]

This sent me down an internet rabbit hole of breath-holding information. Like, I believe that professional swimmers and professional yogis could easily spend years training themselves to hold their breath for four or five minutes, and even longer than that. I understand the concept of meditating to change your body’s needs and all of that. I guess my problem is that a healthy young woman would only need a few sessions with a free diver and BAM, she can hold her breath for five minutes? Does that sound reasonable?


Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Jellybean says:

    Yes I believe her. She is fit and healthy and I assume she has a good lung capacity. Beyond that it is technique. In four sessions the instructor can go through the techniques with her and she can practice them. Five minutes seems a lot, but it is doable face down and motionless in a pool. A handful of singing lessons increased my vocal range drastically, but after that the progress was much slower, again it was just learning the basic techniques.

    • qwerty says:

      So do I. I googled “free diving time” and on the 1st page got a link to an article titled “How to hold your breath for 5 minutes in 1 month” from a diving instructor. And I’m pretty sure she had more time to train since it’s common for actors to prepare for a role for months.

  2. G says:

    Its possible…in the extended cut and behind the scenes footage of the last mission impossible, they show Tom Cruise and the other actress- forgot her name- training for months to do the underwater sequence and they learned to hold their breathes 4-6 minutes in order to not interrupt the takes. They show them practicing with timers beside them so if trained similarly it’s possible

    • Nicole says:

      Yea but that’s months. If she’s saying she did it after four sessions…ehhhh.
      It took me a month to learn to hold my breath for that long and I was a swimmer and lifeguard at the time. If you’re out of practice I would say it would take longer. Just my two cents

      • marshmellow says:

        To be fair, she was probably practicing the techniques between and after the sessions, so practice and training could’ve added up to a few months. That on top of already being in shape, and I can believe she could’ve learned it in “just four sessions.”

  3. Jane says:

    I’ll be the devil’s advocate here and say no. Something tells me she could be embellishing this tale to make herself look good and sell the movie.

    • Val says:

      I feel like there has been overexposure of this movie… these last 6 months have been about Suicide Squad everywhere… it’s made me kind of disinterested to be honest.

    • Merchant Smearer says:

      Don’t be so cynical! She seems like such a lovely, special person. /s

  4. Betti says:

    Re the Sienna vibe. Yeah I can see it but Margot is the more talented version. Margot is actually prettier withou makeup and Sienna is rough without it (have seen Sienna in the flesh a few years ago) .

    I like Margot and will follow her career with interest.

  5. Snowpea says:

    I freaking love that dress! But for the love of god Margot give it a quick once over with the iron, pet!

    The shoes are hideous though. But seriously I love Margot so I’ll forgive her those ugly hoofs.

    • Val says:

      I love the dress too! And hate the shoes.

    • mila says:

      Miller would never wear those shoes. But then again ,Sienna has something very special about her whole style, she is not your typical pretty gal.

      Margot is drop dead gorgeous, but she does not seem comfortable in boho waters, pun intended. Also, can she really be 26?

      Can she hold her breath under water? I really have no idea. I guess, I believe her, seem like she is a normal person, despite her recent fame and successes.

  6. Christina says:

    I can do 2 Minutes on any given day without any training…so yes I think its possible.

  7. Isabelle says:

    She’s lying. She’s the Rita Ora of acting – superiority complex and annoying as hell. Just wait – her true personality will come out soon.

    • Aussie girl says:

      I won’t hold my breath….

    • Jody says:

      She’s like a young Scarjo at the beginning of her career when everyone loved her, fast forward to now and everyone just wonders why she’s still being cast in movies, I see it being the same way with Margot.

      • mila says:

        I still like Scar Jo.

        I do not think those famous women are any different than others. I do not adore Margot, Miller or SJ. But they seem genuine. And they can act, even Sienna.

  8. OSTONE says:

    All I have to say is that those shoes should be burned alongside Jennifer Garner’s shoes in shoe hell.

  9. Betsy says:

    I have no idea. But it reminds me of the Gob one liner from Arrested Development about Charlize Theron’s character who claims she can hold her breath for 20 minutes, “I just have to find a trick that puts you out of oxygen for 20 minutes.”

    • Kiliki says:

      😂 yes!

      I love Margot Robbie. Also agree with Kaiser’s hilarious description of her hideous dress and wtf shoes. It’s unfortunate.

      As for the 5 min mark, suspicious. I can do 3 and my friends think I’m a superhero.

      Definitely not like Robbie!

  10. jferber says:

    I’d be more impressed if she could kick Trump’s ass.

  11. Ashley says:

    LOVE that dress!

  12. jferber says:

    I’m meh about her dress, but I get her shoes. And no, she is nowhere near Jennifer Garner’s shoe game.

  13. KiddVicious says:

    The dress looks uncomfortable. Way too much material for a humid summer NY day. And the shoes are tragic.

    • CharlotteCharlotte says:

      She grew up on the Gold Coast. It’s a humid summer day here today … In the middle of winter.

  14. Bex says:

    No way. I was a competitive synchronised swimmer for years when I was younger. You can definitely hold your breath for that long, but after 4 sessions? Nope, not unless she has freakishly evolved lungs.

    • detritus says:


      No way she held her breath that long without years of focused training. Olympians don’t do 5 minutes without breathing.

      It probably felt like 5 minutes though.

      I had a coworker that thought competitive synchro and distance swimmers had just learned the trick to breathing under water.

      Maybe Margot just learned that trick?

  15. saltandpepper says:

    Like her as an actress, but I don’t believe this for a second. Let alone five minutes…

  16. LuckyZeGrand says:

    I got my medical degree in three months.

  17. Rocío says:

    She has lost lots of weight….

  18. Bridget says:

    Depends in the shape she’s in to begin with. If she’s a runner/cyclist with a high lung capacity, then she’d be starting with a leg up. And she’s also probably rounding up.

  19. Sarah says:

    As well, dont you breathe in oxygen from a tank before doing underwater filming? Pure oxygen is different than what we normally breathe. I believe her!

  20. karen2 says:

    …no I dont believe her…in fact Im coming round to the idea that any time an a b c list star puts on a mask its basically a stand-in..and yes that dress is awful…

  21. Melody says:

    I honestly don’t know. The feeling I get from her is similar to that of Sienna in her day: a sense of Hollywood establishment saying “YOU WILL LIKE THIS NOW.”

  22. Samtha says:

    She looks like Laura Vandervoort in those pics. Weird.

    Also, those shoes are terrible.

  23. Ginny says:

    Four sessions could’ve had a lot of time in between. She surfs as well so she probably could hold it quite well to begin with.

  24. I Choose Me says:

    Eh, I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. But that bald guitarist in the band didn’t seem to buy it. Guy gave an epic eye roll. Could have been directed to Fallon and his ass kissing tho.