She has since made her mark in Hollywood and is engaged to Ashton Kutcher. She was initially intimidated to take on the part of a well-known public figure,[148] and eventually researched Kennedy extensively by watching videos of her, reading books, and listening to audiotapes of her interviews. "[39] She subsequently went back to Stagedoor Manor to appear in a production of the musical Cabaret. [81], Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the final installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, was Portman's first film release of 2005. That’s a whopping sum of nine different languages. Natalie Portman can speak Hebrew, French, Japanese, German, and Spanish. Bradley has shown off his suave language skills on the red carpet and has impressed French-speaking nations by giving interviews in their native tongue on press tours. She impressed V For Vendetta crew members with her German skills. Enjoy! Apple has entered into a first-look deal for TV projects with Natalie Portman and producing partner Sophie Mas under their newly formed production company, MountainA. [152] She won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. [14][18] She studied ballet and modern dance at the American Theater Dance Workshop, and regularly attended the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. [140][141] She wanted to adapt the book since she first read it a decade ago, but postponed it until she was old enough to play the leading role of a mother herself. Today it’s the turn of actors who speak foreign languages. It's probably not a huge surprise that a Harvard University graduate who was born in Israel can chat in a … [23] She was also offered Adrian Lyne's Lolita, based on the novel of the same name, but she turned down the part due to its excessive sexual content. However, the movie comes in its original English language and subtitles. [179][180] She does not wear animal products and has praised animal-friendly products designed by Stella McCartney and Target. She was fluent in … [99] She also appeared in Paul McCartney's music video "Dance Tonight" from his album Memory Almost Full, directed by Michel Gondry. Bradley Cooper [145] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian reviewed that Portman's "stately performance" was not enough to save the "laborious and solemn western", and it grossed less than $4 million against its $25 million budget. Known for her performance in Black Swan and awarded with an Academy Award for Best Actress, only few people are aware of the fact that Natalie Portman speaks 6 languages. Bradley has shown off his suave language skills on the red carpet and has impressed French-speaking nations by giving interviews in their native tongue on press tours. [144] She next produced and starred in the western film Jane Got a Gun about a young mother seeking vengeance. "[183] Portman has been an advocate of environmental causes since childhood, when she joined an environmental song and dance troupe known as World Patrol Kids. [193], In January 2011, Portman was appointed an ambassador of WE Charity (formerly known as Free The Children), an international charity and educational partner, spearheading their Power of a Girl campaign. In preparation, she twice visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and interacted with Miep Gies, who had preserved Anne's diary after the family was captured; she found a connection with Frank's story, given her own family's history with the Holocaust. [30] Portman herself opined that after those scenes were removed, she found nothing objectionable about the content. [225], Portman's most acclaimed and highest-grossing films, according to the online portal Box Office Mojo and the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, include Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), Closer (2004), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), V for Vendetta (2005), Black Swan (2010), No Strings Attached (2011), Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Jackie (2016), and Annihilation (2018). [66] She was excited by the opportunity to play a confident young woman who did not depend on the male lead. Portman continued to grow her multilingual talents as an adult and decided to learn Spanish while starring in Goya’s Ghosts. Titles Jackie. Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper were all cast as the male lead, before Ewan McGregor played the part. From 1999 to 2003, Portman attended Harvard University for a bachelor's degree in psychology, while continuing to act in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002, 2005) and in The Public Theater's 2001 revival of Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull. [192] Portman supported Obama's re-election campaign. [47] Portman was unfamiliar with the franchise when she was cast, and watched the original Star Wars trilogy before filming began. [153][154] She also served as producer for the comedy horror film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, directed by Burr Steers, and starred in Rebecca Zlotowski's French-Belgian drama Planetarium. [64] Also in 2001, Portman was among several celebrities who made cameo appearances in the comedy Zoolander. See Paltrow speak Spanish. [184] She is also a member of the One Voice movement. [186] In an interview conducted backstage at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia and appearing on the PBS program Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, she discussed microfinance. [198], In 2006, Portman served as a guest lecturer at Columbia University for a course in terrorism and counterterrorism, where she spoke about her film V for Vendetta. This has led to her native language being Spanish. [49] Filming in arduous locations in Algeria proved to be a challenge for Portman, who struggled with the process of making a film involving special effects. From Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Lupita Nyong’o and Oscar Isaac totally nailing an interview in Spanish to Natalie Portman blowing us away with Hebrew, keep scrolling to … aus oder wählen Sie 'Einstellungen verwalten', um weitere Informationen zu erhalten und eine Auswahl zu treffen. 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[211] Later that year, Portman was announced as one of the investors in an almost all-female group that was awarded a new franchise in the National Women's Soccer League, the top level of the women's sport in the U.S. [134] Her sole screen appearance that year was in Paul McCartney's music video "My Valentine", alongside Johnny Depp. [35] She also enrolled at the Stagedoor Manor performing arts camp, where she played Anne Shirley in a staging of Anne of Green Gables. Swoon. [155][156] The 2017 experimental romance Song to Song marked Portman's second collaboration with Terrence Malick, which like their previous film polarized critics. [219][220] They currently reside in Los Angeles. Natalie Portman is a bit of a machine when it comes to language learning. [164] She then starred as a troubled pop singer in Vox Lux, sharing the part with Raffey Cassidy. Her role was that of a war widow, for which she interacted with military wives. [129][130][131] Richard Kuipers of Variety commended Portman's "sterling work in a thinly written role" for adding dimension to the film's romantic subplot. [185], Portman has also supported anti-poverty activities. [88] One of her sketches, a song named "Natalie's Rap", was released later in 2009 on Incredibad, an album by the Lonely Island. [23][31] She later bemoaned that her parts in The Professional and Beautiful Girls prompted a series of offers to play a sexualized youngster, adding that it "dictated a lot of my choices afterwards 'cos it scared me ... it made me reluctant to do sexy stuff". [226][227], Portman was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama and the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Black Swan, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for Closer. In a 2008 interview, she also stated: "I even like John McCain. [201], At Harvard, Portman wrote a letter to the Harvard Crimson in response to an essay critical of Israeli actions toward Palestinians. [171], Portman will next reprise her role as Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder, which is scheduled for release in 2022. In it she played a young girl coping with her mother's (played by Frances Conroy) cancer. Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and speaks five languages. To prepare, she studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and read memoirs of Yitzhak Rabin, which she said allowed her to explore both the role and her own heritage. [108][109] Portman next took on a role opposite Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal in the drama film Brothers, a remake of the 2004 Danish film of the same name. [124][125] She next agreed to the stoner film Your Highness for the opportunity of playing an athletic and foul-mouthed character, which she believed was rare for actresses. [77] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone labeled it a "blazing, breakthrough performance" and added that she "digs so deep into the bruised core of her character that they seem to wear the same skin". [84] Portman's final film role in 2005 was as Evey Hammond in the political thriller V for Vendetta, based on the comics of the same name, about an alternative future where a neo-fascist regime has subjugated the United Kingdom. She was drawn to the provocative nature of the script, and worked with a dialect coach to speak in an English accent. [15][16] While living in Washington, Portman attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland. While in high school, she made her Broadway theatre debut in a 1998 production of The Diary of a Young Girl and gained international recognition for starring as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). She told the crowd; "I understood very quickly, even as a thirteen-year-old, if I were to express myself sexually, I would feel unsafe. [93][94], Portman began 2007 by replacing Jodie Foster in Wong Kar-wai's romantic drama My Blueberry Nights, which was his first English-language film. [168] She then portrayed a psychologically troubled astronaut (based on Lisa Nowak) in the drama Lucy in the Sky, directed by Noah Hawley. I knew what I liked and what I wanted, and I worked very hard. Portman was born in Jerusalem, to parents of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. about a girl who is prepared to commit murder to get the lead in a school play. [113][114][115] Her performance was acclaimed;[116] writing for Empire, Dan Jolin found her to be "simultaneously at her most vulnerable and her most predatory, at once frostily brittle and raunchily malleable ... before peaking at the film's denouement with a raw, alluring showstopper of a performance". She is really more than an actress . The Black Swan star told America Reads Spanish that she considers Spanish as “one of the languages most useful in the world”. Natalie Portman is a true polyglot and speaks a number of languages. [86] She was awarded with the Saturn Award for Best Actress. [159][160] She was pleased to headline a rare female-led science fiction film, and she moved her family near Pinewood Studios during filming. [100], Scarlett Johansson and Portman starred as rival sisters Mary and Anne Boleyn, respectively, in the period film The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). [27], Six months after Ruthless! Yahoo ist Teil von Verizon Media. [15][72][73], Portman began 2004 by featuring in the romantic comedy Garden State, written and directed by its star Zach Braff. [23] She turned down the offer but used the opportunity to get an acting agent. She liked the idea of Kenneth Branagh directing a big-budget film that emphasized character; she signed on to it before receiving a script, and helped develop her part by reading the biography of scientists such as Rosalind Franklin. 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In 2009, the actress turned businesswoman launched a Spanish-language version of her lifestyle style, GOOP. [111], After producing and co-starring alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the black comedy Hesher (2010),[112] Portman played a ballerina overwhelmed with the prospect of performing Swan Lake in Darren Aronofsky's psychological horror film Black Swan. [37][38] Impressed by her performance in The Professional, the director Ted Demme cast her as a precocious teenager who flirts with her much-older neighbor (played by Timothy Hutton) in the ensemble comedy-drama Beautiful Girls (1996). [200] Later that year in May, she spoke at the annual Harvard Class Day to the graduating class of 2015. [75] Portman later commented that she found it upsetting to have contributed to the trope. [210], In 2020, Portman endorsed the "defund the police" movement. [194] It was announced in May 2012 that Portman would be working with watch designer Richard Mille to develop a limited-edition timepiece with proceeds supporting WE Charity. For the first time, Portman performed an extended nude scene; she was later disappointed at the undue focus on it and she subsequently swore off further nude appearances. [127][128] In her final film release of 2011, Portman took on the part of Jane Foster, a scientist and love-interest of the titular character (played by Chris Hemsworth) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Thor. Forman cast her in the film after finding a resemblance between her and Goya's portrait The Milkmaid of Bordeaux. How to Cook Vegan, According to Natalie Portman | LIVEKINDLY article continues below ad [101] Derek Elley of Variety was critical of Portman's English accent and wrote that she "doesn't quite bring the necessary heft to make Anne a truly dominant power player". [123] It received unfavorable reviews but was a commercial success. She was excited by the opportunity to work opposite another actress her age, bemoaning that such casting was rare in film. [76] She followed it by playing a mysterious stripper in Closer, a drama directed by Mike Nichols based on the play of the same name, and co-starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, and Clive Owen. [106], A poorly received adaptation of Ayelet Waldman's novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, entitled The Other Woman, marked Portman's first film role of 2009. Natalie Portman. As well as English, she speaks Hebrew, Japanese, Spanish, German and French. [40] Also in 1996, Portman had brief roles in Woody Allen's musical Everyone Says I Love You and Tim Burton's comic science fiction film Mars Attacks!. [23] Hal Hinson of The Washington Post commended Portman for bringing a "genuine sense of tragedy" to her part, but Peter Rainer of Los Angeles Times believed that she "isn't enough of an actress to unfold Mathilda's pain" and criticized Besson's sexualization of her character. Portman was shown a new draft, and she decided to accept the role. [142][143] A. O. Scott of The New York Times found it to be a "conscientious adaptation of a difficult book" and was appreciative of Portman's potential as a filmmaker. [133], In 2012, Portman topped Forbes' listing of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. [121] Sarah Lane, one of Portman's dancing doubles in the film, claimed that Portman performed only about five percent of the full-body shots, adding that she was asked by the film's producers not to speak publicly about it during the Oscar season. Portman began her acting career at age 12 by starring as the young protégée of a hitman in the action drama film Léon: The Professional (1994). See Paltrow speak Spanish. [11][12][13], Portman and her family first lived in Washington, D.C., but relocated to Connecticut in 1988 and then moved to Long Island[14] in 1990. [45] The experience of performing the play was emotionally draining for her, as she attended high school during the day and performed at night; she wrote personal essays in Time and Seventeen magazines about her experience. [138][139] She said that shooting with Malick influenced her own directorial venture, A Tale of Love and Darkness, which released in the same year. Ramsay did not turn up on set for the first day of filming and was eventually replaced with Gavin O'Connor. 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[118][119][120] Following her win, controversy arose over who performed the bulk of the on-screen dancing in the film. [174] More recently, she and her production partner Sophie Mas formed MountainA with a first look deal at Apple+. [36] Michael Mann offered her the small part of the suicidal stepdaughter of Al Pacino's character in the action film Heat (1995) for her ability to portray dysfunction without hysteria. 2017). [24][25] She auditioned for the 1992 off-Broadway musical Ruthless! [122] Aronofsky defended Portman by insisting that she had performed 80 percent of the on-screen dancing. She went on to star in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached (2011) and featured as Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films Thor (2011), and Thor: The Dark World (2013), which established her among the world's highest-paid actresses. [97] In the short, she and Jason Schwartzman play former lovers who reunite in a Paris hotel room. [102] The film had modest box-office earnings. Born in the Ukraine, she moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was just seven. Prolific in film since a teenager, she has starred in blockbusters and also played psychologically troubled women in independent films, for which she has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Dies geschieht in Ihren Datenschutzeinstellungen. "[209] She drew attention to the #MeToo movement, stating her first ever piece of fan mail was a rape fantasy between her and a male fan, and that her local radio station created a countdown until her 18th birthday (when she would be of legal age to consent to participation in sexual activity). [146][147], Portman portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic Jackie (2016), about Kennedy's life immediately after the 1963 assassination of her husband. [166] Comparing it to her performances in Black Swan and Jackie, Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph wrote that "this role has a similar audacity and extravagance that few actresses would dare attempt, let alone be allowed to get away with". [34] Portman instead signed on to star as Anne Frank in a Broadway adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, which was staged at the Music Box Theatre from December 1997 to May 1998. The ASA ruled that the photographs of Portman "misleadingly exaggerated the likely effects of the product". [117] Black Swan emerged as a sleeper hit, earning over $329 million worldwide against a $13 million budget, and earned Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress. [221], In 2006, she commented that she felt more Jewish in Israel and that she would like to raise her children Jewish: "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. [48] She also worked closely with the director George Lucas on her character's accent and mannerisms, and watched the films of Lauren Bacall, Audrey Hepburn, and Katharine Hepburn to draw inspiration from their voice and stature. She is vocal about the politics of America and Israel, and is an advocate for animal rights and environmental causes. [188] In fall-2007, she visited several university campuses, including Harvard, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Princeton, New York University, and Columbia, to inspire students with the power of microfinance and to encourage them to join the Village Banking Campaign to help families and communities lift themselves out of poverty. In 2004, Portman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for playing a mysterious stripper in the romantic drama Closer. [4] She is the only child of Shelley (née Stevens),[9] an American homemaker who works as Portman's agent, and Avner Hershlag, an Israeli gynecologist. [136] Forbes featured her in their Celebrity 100 listing of 2014, and estimated her income from the previous year to be $13 million. 2011)[213][214] and daughter Amalia (b. When the Nazis occupied Holland during the second world war she adopted the Dutch-sounding name Edda van Heemstra so as not to be conspicuously of English lineage. I'd rather be smart than a movie star. [32][33], —Portman on playing sexualized youngsters as a child, 2007[34], After filming The Professional, Portman went back to school and during the summer break of 1994, she filmed a part in Marya Cohn's short film Developing. You can see her in:Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Black Swan and Friends with Benefits. [78] She won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Natalie Portman Source: Getty I might have blown your mind a few months ago when I first discovered that Star Wars babe Natalie Portman was born in Israel — making her first language Hebrew — but now I'm re-blowing my own mind because I'm realizing that both the Black Swan leads were acting in English, their second language. ", 2007–2015: Expansion and critical recognition. Natalie Portman’s passion for learning languages expanded to studying French, Japanese, German, and Spanish. Owing to a scene in which her character is tortured, she also had her head shaved on camera; she considered it an opportunity to rid herself of vanity. ... #7 Natalie Portman. She played a biologist and former soldier who studies a mysterious quarantined zone of mutating organisms. Host Fareed Zakaria said that he was "generally wary of celebrities with fashionable causes", but included the segment with Portman because "she really knew her stuff". [79][80] Closer was also a commercial success, earning over $115 million against its $27 million budget. [191] In 2011, Portman and her then-fiancé Benjamin Millepied were among the signers of a petition to President Obama in support of same-sex marriage. She has dual citizenship of both Israel and the US and has often commented that she feels more at home in Israel. [28][29] She played Mathilda, an orphan child who befriends a middle-aged hitman (played by Jean Reno). [105] It is about a young woman who goes to her grandmother's romantic date, and Portman drew inspiration for the older character (played by Lauren Bacall) from her own grandmother. As well as English, she speaks conversational French, German, Spanish and Japanese, and being a native of Isreal, she speaks Hebrew too as you can see in this video. Now married to French ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied, Natalie is learning French and is likely to relocate to Paris in 2014.