Tonya Harding Nearly Freaked Out The First Time She Saw ‘I, Tonya’

The movie I, Tonya has been sparking debate since its release, reviving the American national controversy involving Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Turns out, the real Tonya was very nervous before watching the movie.

“I was grateful that [screenwriter Steven Rogers] actually came to us first, but I wasn’t going to do it,” Harding told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was like, ‘I don’t want to go through this again. I’ve been through enough, and I have my son now.’ Michael Rosenberg, my manager, talked me into doing this possibly as closure. I was so nervous to watch it, but when I saw it, I wasn’t watching a movie about me. I was watching Margot, and then I went, ‘Oh my goodness. That’s about me.’”

“When I saw [Margot Robbie], I was like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so beautiful. Thank you, God!’” Tonya said with a laugh. “And I did not expect [Robbie] to be so kind and forthcoming with me because I’ve had so much disrespect in my life. I don’t even wish for my worst enemy to have to go through anything that I went through.”

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