Creator / Natalie Portman
"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 (born June 9, 1981 and known professionally as Natalie Portman), is an Israeli-American actress, film producer and film director probably best known as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. She has since moved on to other notable roles and even three 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).

She is married to the French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied. They have two children.

Her Films:

This actress provides examples of:

  • 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. Both have said that when in full makeup and costume, their own mothers couldn't tell them apart.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In the SNL sketch "Natalie's Rap".
  • Former Child Star: Averted, as she is even more successful now than as a child actor.
  • I Am Not Spock: invoked "I Am Not Padmé Amidala."
  • 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). She also had several full nude scenes in Closer, but the director cut them from the movie.
  • Stage Name: 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.
  • 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.