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->''"I don't know if acting is what I want to do for the rest of my life, it's just what I've, you know, ended up doing when I was little, and I've kinda grown up with it."''

Neta-Lee Hershlag, known professionally as Natalie Portman (born June 9, 1981), is an Israeli-American actress, film producer and film director probably best known for playing Padmé Amidala in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' {{prequel}} trilogy. She has since moved on to other notable roles and even three UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations—one of which she won (Best Actress for her role of Nina in ''Film/BlackSwan'').

Not to be confused with Creator/KeiraKnightley, who looks a bit like her (and played a decoy of her character in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'').

She is married to the French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied. They have two children.
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!!Her Films:
* ''Film/TheProfessional'' (1994) as Mathilda
* ''Film/{{Heat}}'' (1995) as Lauren Gustafson
* ''Film/BeautifulGirls'' (1996) as Marty
* ''Film/EveryoneSaysILoveYou'' (1996) as Laura Dandridge
* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' (1996) as Taffy Dale
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' (1999 – 2005) as Queen/Senator Padmé Amidala:
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' (1999)
** ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' (2002)
** ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (2005)
* ''Film/WhereTheHeartIs'' (2000) as Novalee Nation
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' (2001) (cameo)
* ''Film/ColdMountain'' (2003) as Sara
* ''Film/GardenState'' (2004) as Sam
* ''Film/{{Closer}}'' (2004) as Alice Ayres/Jane Jones
* ''Film/VForVendetta'' (2006) as Evey
* ''Goya's Ghosts'' (2006) as Inés Bilbatúa and Alicia
* ''Film/ParisJeTAime'' (2006) (in a short film)
* ''Hotel Chevalier'' (2007) (short film companion piece to ''Film/TheDarjeelingLimited'', she also has a very brief cameo in the latter)
* ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium'' (2007) as Molly Mahoney
* ''Film/TheOtherBoleynGirl'' (2008) as Anne Boleyn
* ''New York, I Love You'' (2009) (also in a short film)
* ''Film/TheOtherWoman'' (2009) as Emilia Greenleaf
* ''Film/{{Brothers|2009}}'' (2009) as Grace Cahill
* ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2010) as Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen
* ''Film/{{Hesher}}'' (2010) as Nicole
* ''Film/NoStringsAttached'' (2011) as Emma
* ''Film/YourHighness'' (2011) as Isabel
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (2011 – 2013) as Jane Foster:
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' (2011)
** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' (2013)
* ''Knight of Cups'' (2013) as Elizabeth
* ''Jane Got a Gun'' (2015) as Jane Hammond
* ''Film/{{Jackie}}'' (2016) as Jacqueline "Jackie" [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy Kennedy]]
* ''Film/{{Annihilation|2018}}'' (2018) as Lena
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!!This actress provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: In several of her best-known roles, including Mathilda in ''Film/TheProfessional'' and Padmé in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, she proves to be really handy with a gun.
* AwesomeDearBoy: [[invoked]]
** She did ''Film/VForVendetta'' because she'd wanted to shave her head for a while.
** Her reaction to ''{{Film/Thor}}'' - "Creator/KennethBranagh's directing ''Thor''? I've gotta do it" - and she loved the idea of playing a scientist, showing young girls that they could be scientists too if they wanted.
* BaldWoman: In ''Film/VForVendetta''. She even sported her hairless look at the premiere of ''Star Wars Episode III''.
* BrainyBrunette: She graduated from Harvard University and is known to have an IQ of 140.
* CareerResurrection: [[invoked]] Although ''Star Wars'' made her famous, her infamously wooden performance (now agreed to be the fault of Creator/GeorgeLucas's writing and directing) led to people doubting her acting abilities for years. It wasn't until ''Film/BlackSwan'' that she properly won her detractors over.
* CelebrityResemblance: To Creator/KeiraKnightley. This was exploited well before Knightley became a star in ''The Phantom Menace'', where she played the Queen Amidala's decoy. Both have said that when in full makeup and costume, their own mothers couldn't tell them apart.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: [[invoked]] As Darcy in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* ClusterFBomb: In the SNL sketch "Natalie's Rap".
* CreatorBacklash: [[invoked]]
** She was very disappointed that most of the critical and fan reaction to her short film ''Hotel Chevalier'' focused on her having a nude scene, and decided to swear off doing them in the future (while she filmed several nude scenes for ''Closer'' prior to this, director Mike Nichols had cut them from the film, and in films such as ''Film/YourHighness'', the shot that is supposedly her stripping naked to bathe was a body double).
---> "It really depressed me that half of every review ... was about the nudity."
** A similar reaction came from her role in ''Film/BeautifulGirls'', and she was uncomfortable with the reaction to her being a sex symbol while she was still underage. She turned down the role in ''{{Literature/Lolita}}'' because of it.[[note]]Ironically misunderstanding the point of the story.[[/note]]
---> "And there's a surprising preponderance of that kind of role for young girls. Sort of being fantasy objects for men, and especially this idealized purity combined with the fertility of youth, and all this in one...so I definitely shied away from it."
* DoingItForTheArt: [[invoked]] She was so dedicated to ''Film/BlackSwan'' that she signed on before they even had a finished script. During production, the budget was tight, so Natalie told them to get rid of her trailer so they could afford a medic. She also paid out of her own pocket for all the extra ballet training.
* DyeingForYourArt: [[invoked]]
** She shaved her hair off onscreen in one take for ''Film/VForVendetta''.
** She lost fifty pounds and did six months of ballet training for ''Film/BlackSwan''.
* EnforcedMethodActing: [[invoked]] In order to drum up the resentment between Natalie and Creator/MilaKunis in ''Film/BlackSwan'', Darren Aronofsky pitted the two of them against each other. Reportedly he kept telling each of them that the other was doing a better job.
* FakeBrit: [[invoked]] She's done a few - ''Film/VForVendetta'', ''Film/TheOtherBoleynGirl'', and ''Film/YourHighness''. Fans are split over her accent in the former, but it's agreed that she improved over time.
* FormerChildStar: Averted, as she is even more successful now than as a child actor.
* IAmNotSpock: [[invoked]] "I Am Not Padmé Amidala."
* ImageSource: [[invoked]] LittleMissBadass (As Mathilda in ''Film/TheProfessional''.)
* LawOfInverseFertility: A number of her roles are of a character who is in an unplanned pregnancy, probably most famous ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. In at least one of her roles (''Film/TheOtherBoleynGirl'') she desperately wanted to get pregnant but couldn't.
* MsFanservice: Most notably in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', where she bares her midriff, thanks to ClothingDamage by a Nexu, and ''Hotel Chevalier'', where she is undressed to nothing but her socks when making love to Jason Schwartzman's character (she would have regrets on the latter). She also had several full nude scenes in ''Film/{{Closer}}'', but the director cut them from the movie (but she still plays a stripper and appears in skimpy outfits).
* OldShame: [[invoked]]
** She has said that ''Franchise/StarWars'' almost 'ruined her career' due to what was perceived as a bad performance, and that the only thing which helped her career turn the corner was Mike Nichols (who she'd worked with in a play) personally vouching for her to be cast in ''Film/ColdMountain''.
** But she regards ''Everyone Says I Love You'' as her worst performance, due to her inability to improvise.
* TheOtherMarty: [[invoked]] She replaced Creator/EvaGreen in ''Closer''.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]] As a ManicPixieDreamGirl in ''Film/GardenState''. Hilariously she was also considered for the TropeNamer Claire in ''{{Film/Elizabethtown}}''.
* RomanceOnTheSet: [[invoked]] She married Benjamin Millepied, who was her dance instructor on ''Film/BlackSwan'', and had a small role as a [[HilariousInHindsight man who turns up his nose when the director says "would you fuck that girl?"]]
--> ''Accepting her Golden Globe for Best Actress''.
--> "He's the best actor. It's not true, he totally wants to sleep with me!"
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: [[invoked]] Of course Creator/KeiraKnightley in ''The Phantom Menace''. Keira later said that she would often double for Natalie in some scenes if she'd been tired and wanted to go home early.
* StageName: Her birth name is Neta-Lee Hershlag. Portman was her grandmother's maiden name. She used the name "Hershlag" in one of the sketches when she hosted ''Saturday Night Live.''
* StarMakingRole: [[invoked]] While she had been in several critically acclaimed movies for years beforehand (her film debut in ''Film/TheProfessional'' being the most notable), her role as Padme Amidala in ''Franchise/StarWars'' pushed her to household name status.
* TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier: Used as a joke in an ''Inside the Actors Studio'' issue, where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR0liN8tnio she said a line in Hebrew]] (at the very end of this interview part) and then, when asked of its meaning, playfully answered: "It's for me to know and you to find out". Since then, people on the Internet have been asking about it. (If you want to know, what she said is: [[spoiler:In a month, I'm going to Israel to study at the University.]]) Besides, she mentioned in an [[http://www.natalieportman.com/npcom.php?page_number=21&viewarticle=2&article_number=431 interview]] that she likes using Hebrew as a secret language.
* ThoseTwoActors: [[invoked]]
** With Creator/JudeLaw in ''Film/ColdMountain'', ''{{Film/Closer}}'', and ''My Blueberry Nights''.
** With Creator/JuliaRoberts in ''Everyone Says I Love You'' and ''Closer''.
** She has starred with her ''Star Wars'' co-stars Creator/SamuelLJackson in ''{{Film/Thor}}'', Hayden Christensen in ''New York I Love You'', and Creator/EwanMcGregor and Joel Edgerton in ''Jane Got a Gun''.
** Pablo Larrain stated that the casting process of ''Jackie'' intentionally plays this trope. Most of the cast has worked with Portman at one point for screen chemistry's sake.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]
** Her StarMakingRole (see above) could've been much earlier. She was cast as [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Juliet]] in ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' opposite Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, except screen-tests apparently made it appear as though 21-year old [=DiCaprio=] was "molesting" the then 14-year old Portman ([[ValuesDissonance which is actually rather accurate to the original play]]: Juliet was ''thirteen'').
** Creator/ChristinaRicci said once that a lot of the movies she made during the late 90s-early 00s were films Natalie Portman had turned down, although she didn't say which films exactly. ''Film/TheIceStorm'' is one of them however.
** She was very enthusiastic about returning to her role as Jane Foster for ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}},'' but she was very pregnant at the time.
** She turned down the role in ''Anywhere But Here'' initially because the script contained a sex scene for her character. Director Wayne Wong and Creator/SusanSarandon (who played her mother) insisted on a rewrite. When Natalie saw the rewrite, she signed on.
** She was cast as Lizzie Bennett in ''Film/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies'', but had to drop out and was replaced with Creator/LilyJames. She remained on as producer.
** She shot a nude scene for ''{{Film/Closer}}'' where Jane strips off in front of Larry. She and Mike Nichols decided not to use it, feeling the scene was effective enough without nudity.
** Creator/DavidFincher strongly considered her for Lisbeth Solander in his remake of ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo''. Natalie turned it down due to exhaustion and it ended up becoming a StarMakingRole for Creator/RooneyMara.
** She turned down playing Gail Harris in ''Film/AllTheMoneyInTheWorld'', which instead went to Creator/MichelleWilliams. This also meant she avoided being caught up in the controversy when the film's original star Creator/KevinSpacey was revealed as a sexual predator.
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