Margot Robbie’s Pet Rat Finds Home With Guillermo del Toro
The pet rat Jared Leto gifted actress Margot Robbie is now living with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.
Leto sent his Suicide Squad co-star the rodent surprise at the start of production of the upcoming supervillain movie, as he was busy finishing up his tour with his band 30 Seconds to Mars, and The Wolf of Wall Street beauty admits she was initially apprehensive about keeping the rat.
“At first I was like, ‘Oh, this is disgusting,’ because it jumped out at me and frightened me and we got off to a rough start,” she laughed to U.S. late night host Jimmy Fallon, “but then I was like, ‘What am I going to do with him?’ and everyone was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know, kill it, I guess,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not going to kill him.'”
Robbie then tried to channel what her character, Harley Quinn, would have done if she was gifted with the odd pet by Leto’s The Joker.
“I ended up keeping him as a pet,” she continued, “and I thought, ‘What would my character do? Harley, if she got anything from The Joker, she would cherish it, so I need to love this rat…'”
The 25-year-old created a comfortable, fun home for the rodent she named Rat Rat, but she ultimately had to give him up as her landlord didn’t approve. She has since found Rat Rat a new owner in Pacific Rim director del Toro.
“Rat Rat is like a little fame whore,” she quipped. “He went from Jared to me… and then (to Guillermo del Toro)!”
Robbie wasn’t the only Suicide Squad star to receive an unlikely gift from Leto. The Dallas Buyers Club star also sent the rest of the cast presents as The Joker to show how he was getting into character.
“He sent bullets to Will (Smith) and a letter,” fellow Suicide Squad co-star Adam Beach previously told E! Online. “(He also sent) a dead hog and a video of him in character (to everyone)… Basically, what he said was, ‘Guys, I can’t be there but I want you to know I’m doing my work as hard as you guys’ and the video he showed us in character blew our minds away. Then we realized that day, this is real.”
Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.