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Five Things about Natalie Portman 0


Despite seventeen years of acting career, a string of award winning performances, and admirable academic accomplishments, there is really nothing much we can say about Natalie Portman. Talking about Natalie Portman would always consists of her prolific works, trophies, and her inspiring view of the world and the movie industry she lives in. To talk about Natalie Portman is to recite her long list of impressive roles, social causes, and her concern of education. You will not find much controversies or scandals, because Natalie Portman simply made a better actress than a celebrity.

The Israeli-American actress was born to Avner Hershlag, a doctor, and Shelley Stevens, who now worked as her agent. She was born in Jerusalem, June 9 1981. To retain her privacy, she chose to use Natalie Portman as her stage name instead of Natalie Hershlag. Portman is proud of her Israeli heritage and often showed her support for the country. While her standpoint had been a source of debate, we think it is best to set aside the delicate angles and objectively discuss Portman through her works alone.

Portman lived in Israel until she was three-year-old. Afterward, the entire family moved to United States. In 1994, she performed in her first movie, Léon (aka The Professional). Her breakthrough role as Mathilda, a little girl who seeks revenge for the murder of her family earned her fame. In recent years Portman took part in notable movies like Star Wars franchise, Cold Mountain (2003), My Blueberry Nights (2007), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). She also received award nominations for her role in Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Anywhere But Here (1999), Garden State (2004), Closer (2004), V For Vendetta (2006), and Black Swan (2010). Natalie Portman is yet to receive an Academy Awards, but with her impressive talent and experience, she was predicted to score an Oscar one day.

These are Five Things about Natalie Portman:

1. Padmé Amidala

George Lucas’ decision to have Natalie Portman playing the graceful Queen Padmé Amidala was cherished by many. “I was looking for someone who was young, strong, along the lines of Leia [and] Natalie embodied all those traits and more,” he said. It is, undoubtedly, her biggest role until this day. She first appeared as Padme when she was sixteen in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999). “It was wonderful playing a young queen with so much power. I think it will be good for young women to see a strong woman of action who is also smart and a leader,” Portman said.

When she joined the production, Portman didn’t realize how big the film scale was. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) was released three years later, and the final installment of the trilogy, Star Wars Episode III:  Revenge of the Sith came out in 2005. After working in the franchise for seven years, the image of Padme Amidala had been pretty much latched to her. When the first movie came out, Portman was worried about the attention that she’ll get from avid fans. “I thought it would be awful. But I can still walk down the street alone and not worry about anyone accosting me,” she said. From time to time she still gets teased about the role, even when she attend college. “Someone at a party will dare someone else to scream out ‘Queen Amidala’ to see if I turn around.”


FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance) International is a non-profit, microfinance organization. Founded by John Hatch in 1984, FINCA is the innovator of the village banking methodology in microcredit and is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modern day microfinance. Natalie Portman joined FINCA in 2003, as its “Ambassador of Hope”. Portman joined the organization after meeting Queen Rania of Jordan. “I had always really admired Queen Rania of Jordan. She’s the most high-profile Palestinian woman in the Middle East, and she’s so compassionate and smart. Queen Rania is the reason I got involved with FINCA, an international organization that grants loans, mostly to women, to start small businesses. Rather than donate food, it helps people earn the money to buy their own food and gives women the opportunity to better their lives,” she said. Portman had an enlightenment at the meeting, and the two women finally worked together in FINCA. “She talked to me a lot about what she calls the ‘hope gap’ that exists between the one third of the world that has and the two thirds that do not. I wasn’t even aware that two thirds of the world population are extremely poor, living on less than a dollar a day, and that 70 percent of those people are women and children. It’s not something they teach you in school in the States,” she added.

3. Other Works

Natalie Portman didn’t only appear in movies. She also had her share of appearing in music videos. In 2007, she appeared as a dancing ghost in Paul McCartney’s video, Dance Tonight. In 2008, she made another appearance in a music video for Devendra Banhart, titled Carmensita. At the time of production, Portman was dating Banhart. They broke up after dating for six months.

She also directed two short movies. Her directorial debut was Eve (2008), a short movie about a young woman who is dragged along to her grandmother’s romantic date. Starring Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara, Eve tells a story about love and romance among the older generation. The movie opened Venice Film Festival in 2008, for short film section, called “corto-cortissimo” (“short and shorter”). The next year, she also directed a segment in New York, I love You (2009), where Portman played a young Hasidic woman, on the eve of her marriage.

Portman expands her experience, and produced movies like Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (2010) and Hesher (2010). She also produced No Strings Attached and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Both movies will be released in 2011.

4. Rap

In 2006, Natalie Portman appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live Digital Short. The scene showed Portman being interviewed, asking, “What’s a day in the life of the real Natalie Portman like?” The section played a hilarious video of Portman singing gangsta rap, featuring Andy Samberg, Chris Parnell and Seth Meyers. We’ll let you decide whether you like it or not. But, we think it’s very funny. We put the lyrics so you can sing it too.

Chris Parnell: We’re sitting here today with film star Natalie Portman.
Natalie Portman: Hello.
Parnell: So, Natalie, what’s the day in life of Natalie Portman like?
Portman: Do you really want to know?
Parnell: Yes, tell us…

Portman: I don’t sleep mother f***er
off that yak and durban
doin’ 120 gettin’ head while I’m swervin’

Seth Meyers: D**n Natalie you a crazy chick

Portman: Yo shut the f*** up and suck my d**k
I bust in dudes mouth like gushers mother f***er
roll up on NBC and smack the s**t outta Jeff Zucker

Guys: What you want Natalie
Portman: to drink and fight
Guys: what you need Natalie
Portman: to f*** all night

Don’t test when I’m crazy on that airplane glue
put my foot down your throat
till you s**t in my shoe
leave you screaming
pay for my dry cleaning
f*** your man
It’s my name that he’s screamin’

Parnell: I’m sorry Natalie, but are we to believe you condone driving while intoxicated?
Portman: I never said I was a role model.
Parnell: What about the kids that look up to you? Do you have a message for them?

Portman: All the kids lookin’ up to me can suck my d**k
It’s Portman mother f***er
drink till I’m sick
slit your throat
and poor nitrous down the hole
watch you laugh and cry
while I laugh you die
and all the dudes
you know I’m talkin to you
Guys: we love you natalie
Portman: I wanna f*** you too
P is for portman
P is for <meow>
i’ll kill your f**in dog for fun so don’t push me

Parnell: Well, Natalie I’m surprised. All this from a Harvard graduate.
Portman: Well there’s a lot you may not know about me.
Parnell: Really? Such as?

When I was in Harvard
I smoked weed every day
I cheated every test
and snorted all the yay
I gotta a def posse
and you gotta buncha dudes
I sit down on your face and take a s**t

Andy Samberg: Natalie you are a bad ass biiiiiiiitch (hell yeah!)
and I always pay for your dry cleanin
when my s**t gets in your shoe
as for the drug use
well I can vouch for that
my d**k is scared of you girl

Parnell: Okie-doke. One final question, if you steal a smooch from any guy in Hollywood, who would it–

(Portman throws chair at Parnell)
Portman: No more questions


5. Black Swan

Black Swan (2010) is a psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky. The movie premiered as the opening film for the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2010, and it will have a limited release on December 3, 2010. Natalie Portman played the lead character, Nina Sayers, a ballet dancer in New York City Production of Swan Lake. Black Swan garnered a lot of Oscar buzz for Portman, and critics predicted that she will get another Academy Awards nomination for her strong performance in the movie. Richard Corliss from Time wrote, “Black Swan is a document of Portman’s obsessive dedication to give a performance beyond what is expected of her — and, no less, Aronofsky’s need to wring every raw feeling from his leading lady. Portman’s work, if not fully convincing, it’s wondrously committed, and, yes, just the sort of daredevil achievement the Academy loves to reward.” If the buzz speaks upcoming news, Portman will get her first Oscar in February 2011.

That’s it from Five Things. Natalie Portman had served Hollywood with various display of well-played role. From little Mathilda, the elegant Padme Amidala, to seductive Alice Ayers, and now Nina Sayers, Portman always tried to give her best. A dedication that every actor and actress needs to follow.


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Adoring Natalie Portman: Other Works
What I’ve Learned (So Far)
Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut
Natalie Portman Gangsta Rap Lyrics & Video
Black Swan: Natalie Portman’s Oscar Moment?
Ms. Natalie Portman, or how I learned to stop worrying and embrace Zionism

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