Creator / Natalie Portman

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Born Neta-Lee Hershlag in Israel on June 9, 1981, Natalie Portman is probably best known as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequels. She has since moved on to other notable roles and even two Academy Award nominations—one of which she won (Best Actress for her role of Nina in Black Swan).

Not to be confused with Keira Knightley, who looks a bit like her (and played a decoy of her character in The Phantom Menace).

Her Films:


This actress provides examples of:

  • Academy Award: Won for Black Swan, nominated for Closer.
  • Action Girl: In several of her best-known roles, including Mathilda in The Professional and Padmé in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, she proves to be really handy with a gun.
  • Bald Woman: In V for Vendetta. She even sported her hairless look at the premiere of Star Wars Episode III.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: To Keira Knightley. This was exploited well before Knightley became a star in The Phantom Menace, where she played the Queen Amidala's decoy.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In the SNL sketch "Natalie's Rap".
  • Dyeing for Your Art: She had her head shaved on camera for V for Vendetta, and lost 20 pounds to play a ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.
  • Former Child Star: Averted, as she is even more successful now than as a child actor.
  • I Am Not Spock: "I Am Not Padmé Amidala."
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Portman attended Harvard while also filming the Star Wars prequels, and acquited herself very well academically. She's one of the very few people with a combined Erdős-Bacon number (tracking her on-screen connection to Kevin Bacon and her academic publishing connection to mathematician Paul Erdős) in the single digits.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: A number of her roles are of a character who is in an unplanned pregnancy, probably most famous Revenge of the Sith. In at least one of her roles (The Other Boleyn Girl) she desperately wanted to get pregnant but couldn't.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Most notably in Attack of the Clones, where she bares her midriff, thanks to Clothing Damage 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).
  • Stage Name: Her original name is Natalie Hershlag. Portman was her grandmother's maiden name. She used the name "Hershlag" in one of the sketches when she hosted Saturday Night Live.
  • Star-Making Role: Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars Prequels.
  • Teasing from Behind the Language Barrier: Used as a joke in an Inside The Actors Studio issue, where 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: In a month, I'm going to Israel to study at the University.) Besides, she mentioned in an interview that she likes using Hebrew as a secret language.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Her star-making role (see above) could've been much earlier. She was cast as Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, except screen-tests apparently made it appear as though 21-year old DiCaprio was "molesting" the then 14-year old Portman.
    • Christina Ricci 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.

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