Barbiemania is in full effect! The highly-anticipated Barbie movie is just days away from its release, and fans cannot wait to see the movie on the big screens.
Margot Robbie stars in (and executive produced) the Greta Gerwig–directed film also starring Ryan Gosling (as Ken), America Ferrara, Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Simu Liu.
HipHollywood sat down with Robbie about playing the titular role and put her and Gosling to the test to see how much they really know about Barbie. Watch the video below and scroll for five fun facts about Barbie.
Her birthday is March 9, 1959
Barbie was “born” the day Mattel president and Barbie inventor Ruth Handler debuted the doll at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
Barbie was named after Ruth and Elliot Handler’s daughter, Barbara. Barbara took part in the ceremony immortalizing Barbie’s hand and footprints in cement on Hollywood Boulevard in 2002.
Barbie and Ken were named after siblings
Ken was named for the Handlers’ son Kenneth — meaning Barbie and Ken, one of the most famous fictional couples in the world, were actually inspired by a brother and sister.
Barbie’s a Wisconsin girl
No wonder she’s got that Midwest charm! Barbie was “born” in the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.
Her BFF Christie is the first African American Barbie
Christie, the first African American Barbie doll, made her debut in 1968 with Talking Christie. She’s been part of the Barbie squad ever since and she’s also Barbie’s oldest and dearest friend.
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