Born Natalie 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
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.
- Brainy Brunette: See the entry for Hidden Depths
- Celebrity Resemblance: To Keira Knightley.
- Worth noting this was actually exploited well before Knightley became a star in The Phantom Menace, where she played the Queen Amidala's decoy.
- Cryptic Conversation / Hiding 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.
- Cluster F-Bomb: In the SNL sketch "Natalie's Rap".
- Darker and Edgier: Black Swan. And she pulls it off, winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
- 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.
- Hidden Depths: She has a bachelor's in psychology from Harvard and has taken graduate courses at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has published two papers (one in organic chemistry from when she was in high school and one in neuropsychology from when she was in college). And she speaks six languages: she's fluent in English and Hebrew, and has studied German, French, Japanese, and Arabic.
- She's one of the few people in the world to have a Erdos-Bacon number — where her scholarly work can be linked to mathematician Paul Erdos AND her film work linked to Kevin Bacon. She has a Erdos-Bacon number of 6.
- Former Child Star: Averted, as she is even more successful now than as a child actor.
- 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.
- The Lad-ette: See Cluster F-Bomb above.
- Like Is, Like, a Comma: She often punctuates her sentences with "like".
- 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).
- Pretty in Mink: Has occasionally worn fur, although fake (and she has a puppy in that gallery).
- Slasher Smile: Ha! A cute actress like Natalie can't possibly do th... Holy crap...
- 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.
- 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.