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Ncuti Gatwa says Margot Robbie took ‘Barbie’ cast to see Magic Mike Live

'Margot is a very, very good party host. She’s queen of the vibes,' said Gatwa - the latest Rolling Stone UK cover star.

By Nick Reilly

Ncuti wears jumpsuit and shoes by Alexander McQueen. (Picture: William Arcand )

Ncuti Gatwa has revealed how Margot Robbie took the cast of Barbie to see Magic Mike live in London while filming the hugely anticipated movie in the UK capital last year.

Greta Gerwig’s big screen adaptation of the iconic Mattel doll will hit cinemas later this month, having premiered to glowing reactions in Los Angeles last Sunday (July 9).

But as cameras rolled at Warner Bros’ Leavesden Studios last summer, it seems that Robbie couldn’t resist taking her co-stars for a night on the London tiles.

Ncuti, who plays one of several Ken dolls in the film, told Rolling Stone UK how an evening at Magic Mike live – the strip show inspired by the hit Channing Tatum film – was on the cards for all the Barbies and Kens.

Speaking in the cover interview of Rolling Stone UK’s 12th issue, Ncuti recalled: “One of the best nights of my life was when Margot took all the Barbies and all the Kens out in London to see Magic Mike Live. That was… I don’t know how I made it through any filming in the week after, my voice was gone from screaming so much.

“The videos in the group chat the next morning were the best. Greta Gerwig’s assistant was pulled up on stage and given a lap dance and Greta was screaming in delight. Afterwards, we went and danced our hearts out. Margot is a very, very good party host. She’s queen of the vibes.”

During the interview, Ncuti also looked ahead to his role as the 15th Doctor in Doctor Who and admitted that nerves were starting to affect him.

“I’m very nervous. I have a lot of sleepless nights where I lie awake feeling my heartbeat,” he said.

He added: “I’m the first Black man to play this character. The British press can be very mean. I just have to focus on the job and stay true to what the Doctor is: a mad scientist alien who has adventures and cares about everyone.”

Gatwa also provided hhints about his interpretation of the character. “My Doctor is emotionally vulnerable. He hides it with humour, but he’s lonely,” he said.

“I can’t say much more than that; I don’t want to spoil anything. But he’s also energetic! The poor cameramen struggled to keep up.”

Taken from issue 12 of Rolling Stone UK, out 13 July. Buy your copy here. The new series of Doctor Who premieres this autumn on BBC One in the UK and Disney+ in other territories.