->''"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 ''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.
!!Her Films:
* ''Film/TheProfessional'' (1994) as [[LittleMissBadass 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 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 – present) as Jane Foster:
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' (2011)
** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' (2013)
* ''Knight of Cups'' (2013) as Elizabeth
* ''Jane Got a Gun'' (2015) as Jane Hammond
* ''Jackie'' (2016) as Jacqueline "Jackie" [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy Kennedy]]
!!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.
* BaldWoman: In ''Film/VForVendetta''. She even sported her hairless look at the premiere of ''Star Wars Episode III''.
* 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.
* ClusterFBomb: In the SNL sketch "Natalie's Rap".
* FormerChildStar: Averted, as she is even more successful now than as a child actor.
* IAmNotSpock: [[invoked]] "I Am Not Padmé Amidala."
* 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.
* 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.''
* 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.