Natalie Portman Movies & Biography

Biography & trivia

*    Natalie Portman was born on 9th June 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel to Shelley, a homemaker and Avner Hershlag, a gynecologist.

*    She has a dual citizenship of America & Israel.

*    She attended “Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School”, “Solomon Schechter Day School” and “Syosset High School”.

*    She had great interest in learning foreign languages and during her school days itself she learned Hebrew, French, Japanese, German, Arabic and English.

*    She enrolled at Harvard University in 1999 and completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2003. She took her studies so seriously that she had to skip the premiere of “Star Wars Episode I”.

*    After her studies she also worked as a guest lecturer at a ‘Columbia University’ in 2006.

*    She took dancing lessons when she was just four years old during school holidays she attended local troupes and theater camps.

*    She auditioned for film Léon: The Professional in 1994 and was selected for the role of the child who tries to avenge the murder of her younger brother, it was her debut film.

*    In 1990 decade her worked for successful films like Heat in 1995 alongside Al Pacino, Val Kilmer and Robert De Niro, Everyone Says I Love You in 1996 opposite Alan Alda, Drew Barrymore and Woody Allen, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999 with Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Jake Lloyd.

*    In 2000 decade Portman appeared in commercially successful films like Where the Heart Is in 2000, Zoolander in 2001, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones in 2002 with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, Cold Mountain in 2003 with Jude Law and Nicole Kidman, Garden State in 2004, Closer in 2004 with Julia Roberts and Jude Law, Star Wars Episode III in 2005 opposite Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiarmid, V for Vendetta in 2005, My Blueberry Nights in 2007, The Darjeeling Limited in 2007, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium in 2007, The Other Boleyn Girl in 2008 with Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana, Brothers in 2009.

*    In 2010 decade Natalie Portman worked for commercial hits like Black Swan in 2010 with Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis, No Strings Attached in 2011 alongside Ashton Kutcher and Cary Elwes, Thor in 2011 opposite Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård

*    Portman is a vegetarian since her childhood and actively involves in animal rights causes, she does not use any animal products like fur, feathers, leather etc.

*    She is also involved in antipoverty campaigns including that of FINCA International.

*    Portman supported same-sex marriage and signed the petition sent to President Obama in 2011.

*    She started dating Benjamin Millepied,a ballet dancer in 2009 and the couple have a son Aleph Portman-Millepied born in June 2011. The couple married on 4th August 2012 in Big Sur, California in a private ceremony.

Interview excerpts

“I was different from the other kids. I was more ambitious, I knew what I liked and what I wanted, and I worked very hard. I was a very serious kid.”

“A priority for me is definitely that I’d like to raise my kids Jewish, but the ultimate thing is to have someone who is a good person and who is a partner.”

“The biggest challenge for all actors is that you see yourself on a screen outside of your body and have to reenter your body to look at the world through your own eyes instead of at yourself.”

“It is a matter of context. In Hollywood, they consider me a smart woman, but in other circles, I’m probably seen as a silly actress (laughs). In America, they see me as European. In Europe, some see me as maybe a stupid American.”

Filmography / all movies list

Sl Year Movie Director Co-stars
1 1994 Léon Luc Besson Jean Reno, Gary Oldman
2 1994 Developing Marya Cohn Mary Ann Hannon
3 1995 Heat Michael Mann Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
4 1996 Beautiful Girls Ted Demme Matt Dillon, Lauren Holly
5 1996 Everyone Says I Love You Woody Allen Alan Alda, Woody Allen,Drew Barrymore
6 1996 Mars Attacks! Tim Burton Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close
7 1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace George Lucas Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor
8 1999 Anywhere but Here Wayne Wang Susan Sarandon, Shawn Hatosy
9 2000 Where the Heart Is Matt Williams Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing
10 2001 Zoolander Ben Stiller Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson
11 2002 Star Wars Episode II:Attack of the Clones George Lucas Ewan McGregor, HaydenChristensen
12 2003 Cold Mountain Anthony Minghella Jude Law, Renée Zellweger
13 2004 Garden State Zach Braff Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard
14 2004 Closer Mike Nichols Julia Roberts, Jude Law
15 2005 Star Wars Episode III:Revenge of the Sith George Lucas Ewan McGregor,Hayden Christensen
16 2005 Free Zone Amos Gitai Hiam Abbass, Hanna Laslo
17 2006 V for Vendetta James McTeigue Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea
18 2006 Paris, je t’aime Various Various
19 2006 Goya’s Ghosts Miloš Forman Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård
20 2007 My Blueberry Nights Wong Kar Wai Norah Jones, Jude Law
21 2007 The Darjeeling Limited Wes Anderson Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody
22 2007 Hotel Chevalier Wes Anderson Jason Schwartzman
23 2007 Mr. Magorium’sWonder Emporium Zach Helm Dustin Hoffman, Jason Bateman
24 2008 The Other Boleyn Girl Justin Chadwick Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana
25 2009 The Other Woman Don Roos Lisa Kudrow, Lauren Ambrose
26 2009 New York, I Love You Jiang Wen& others Hayden Christensen
27 2009 Brothers Jim Sheridan Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal
28 2010 Hesher Spencer Susser Joseph Gordon-Levitt,Rainn Wilson
29 2010 Black Swan Darren Aronofsky Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis
30 2011 No Strings Attached Ivan Reitman Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes
31 2011 Your Highness David Gordon Green Danny McBride, James Franco
32 2011 Thor Kenneth Branagh Chris Hemsworth,Tom Hiddleston
33 2013 Knight of Cups Terrence Malick Christian Bale,Cate Blanchett
34 2013 Terrence Malick Project  Terrence Malick Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling
35 2013 Thor: The Dark World Alan Taylor Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

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