Actress Allison Janney poses on her star after it was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California US, October 17, 2016. At the same time, Harding is repeatedly abused through her life by her mother LaVona (Allison Janney) and then her on again/off again husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan).
The biopic "I, Tonya" has the infamous Olympian Tonya Harding back in the spotlight, but it sounds like she doesn't hate it. Meanwhile, host Ellen DeGeneres also gave her rave reviews, telling Janney that she is sure to get nominated for an Oscar.
Margot Robbie at the L.A. premiere of "I, Tonya" wearing a Versace dress and Jimmy Choo shoes.
When Harding's place on the USA team is threatened by Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), though, Jeff and his friend Shawn (Paul Walter Hauser) hire men to break her leg.
Indeed, much of "I, Tonya" is defined by a class divide within the rarefied world of figure skating, where Harding - the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition - must constantly gripe about her unfair treatment compared to the prim, perfectly coiffed rivals with whom she competes. "There were parts she didn't like, but I think. mostly, she was really excited about it".
Janney pretty almost steals the show as Tonya's foul-mouthed, chain-smoking mother, who constantly gripes about how she's squandering her limited resources on skating lessons and coaching for a girl, she's told, who "stands out because she looks like she chops wood every morning". "She does care", said Janney. As Harding, Robbie unleashes an extra dimension to her acting talents, fearlessly carrying the film while dancing between comedy and drama, and on at least two occasions she will leave you dazzled with the emotion she conveys. "People would come up and be like, 'Oh, I remember that happening, I remember seeing her hit someone with a baseball bat.' ..."