The Emmy-winning actress plays USA figure skater Tonya Harding's abusive mother LaVona Golden in the upcoming film I, Tonya, which details the skater's career and 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan that got Harding banned for life from figure skating. In 1994, Harding was banned from professional figure skating in the United States after she was implicated in a plot to sabotage her US teammate and sometimes rival Nancy Kerrigan.
The song, which you can hear above (or on Spotify, where he dropped two versions), is a sparkling and ethereal elegy for Harding's career and reputation that laments her tragic downfall-one that, despite the extent of her involvement, is inextricably linked to lifetime of abuse, poverty, and the savage court of public opinion. "But the more I became Tonya, the more I saw things from her point of view". Submitted for the biopic I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie (but not used in the film), it is a quintessentially quiet song for a figure who was "feisty, fierce, and full of athleticism". "I'm totally star struck right now". But I believe this is what made her so interesting, and a true American hero. The film mocks the skater as much as it praises her, but the film never drifts into cruel, hit-job territory, much due to Robbie's ability to keep the character grounded and sympathetic.
This wasn't the first time Robbie and Harding met. "I think she found it emotional to watch". She did that and more.
Harding will forever be linked to the Kerrigan attack of 1994, but in 2017, she'll also be remembered as a history making athlete who was celebrated by a major movie.