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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 a lacklustre turn 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