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Natalie Portman

FULL NAME Natalie Hershlag
BORN June 9, 1981, Jerusalem, Israel
ASSOCIATION Actress
NATIONALITY American/Israeli
REVIEWED ENTRIES 11 (10)
MAX. RATING

MIN. RATING

AVERAGE RATING 3.95
STRENGTHS
  • Screen appearance, magnetism
  • Emotional intensity

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1994 Léon Mathilda

1995 Heat Lauren Gustafson

1996 Beautiful Girls Marty

½

1996 Everyone Says I Love You Laura Dandridge

1996 Mars Attacks! Taffy Dale

1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Queen Amidala

2003 Cold Mountain Sara

½

2004 Closer Alice

½

2006 V for Vendetta Evey

2010 Black Swan Nina Sayers

2017 Song to Song Rhonda

 

PORTRAIT

Natalie Portman shot to instant stardom before she was even a teenager. Her singular performance in Luc Besson's Léon was passionate and multi-layered, probably beyond her own comprehension, and it put enourmous pressure on her young shoulders.

After Léon, however, Portman chose roles with the greatest of care. Worried that she'd be typecast as a kittensque symbol, Portman declined the lead in Adrian Lyne's Lolita, but still gave one of her best peformances in a similar role opposite Timothy Hutton in Beautiful Girls. Insignificant parts in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! followed before she gave a lacklustre performance in George Lucas' ostensible rejuvenation of Star Wars.

Portman's transition to full-fledged grown-up roles was gradual, but she rarely accepted work in order to increase her bankability or popularity. Her dramatic potential is almost without limits, something she demonstrated with her Academy Award winning work in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan in 2010.

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

2005

Nominated for Supporting Actress for Closer

2011

Best Actress for Black Swan

 

CHARACTER QUOTES

Léon

Léon (Jean Reno): And stop saying "okay" all the time. Okay? 
Mathilda (Portman): Okay. 
Léon (Jean Reno): Good.

Mathilda (Portman): Leon, I think I'm falling in love with you. It's the first time for me, you know? 
Léon (Jean Reno): How do you know it's love if you've never been in love before? 
Mathilda (Portman): 'Cause I feel it. 
Léon (Jean Reno): Where? 
Mathilda (Portman): In my stomach. It's all warm. I always had a knot there and now... it's gone. 
Léon (Jean Reno): Mathilda, I'm glad you don't have a stomach ache any more. I don't think it means anything.

Mathilda (Portman): I don't give a shit about sleeping, Leon. I want love, or death. That's it.

Mathilda (Portman): I don't wanna lose you, Leon." 
Léon (Jean Reno): You're not going to lose me. You've given me a taste for life. I wanna be happy. Sleep in a bed, have roots. And you'll never be alone again, Mathilda. Please, go now, baby, go. Calm down, go now, go.

 

Beautiful Girls

Marty (Portman): I might just grow to be five-ten. I'll be hot

Marty (Portman): If I'm not mistaken, you've come back here to the house of loneliness and tears, to Daddy Downer and Brother Bummer, to come to some sort of decision about life, a life decision if you will.

Marty (Portman): Alas, poor Romeo, we can't do diddly.

Paul (Michael Rapaport): So you're the little neighborhood Lolita. 
Marty (Portman): So you're the alcoholic high school buddy shit for brains.