Natalie Portman en 2010 par John Jensen

Natalie Portman en 2010
© John Jensen

Natalie Portman is an Israeli-American actress born June 9th, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel. She began her career with the French director Luc Besson who offered her a role in the film Leon with Jean Reno. Then it connects blockbuster Star Wars, Thor through Black Swan or My Blueberry Nights.

Biography

  • Name : Natalie Hershlag
  • Date of birth : June 9, 1981
  • birthplace : Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Nationalities : Israeli and American
  • Profession : actress, director and producer
  • Child : Aleph Millepied
  • Marital status : married with Benjamin Millepied
  • Taille : 1,60 mètre

Career

Natalie Hershlag was born in Israel to an American mother and a father Israeli doctor. Her great-paternal grandparents were deported to Auschwitz (Poland) and died there. In three years, she moved to the United States and is interested in theater very young and practice dance. It will be spotted by an agent in 10 years. He proposes an advertisement but she prefers to be an actress. She later explained in an interview:

I was different from other children. I was more ambitious. I knew what I liked and what I wanted and worked very hard. I was a very serious child

At age 12, she turns in the film Leon, the sixth film by Luc Besson. After Jean Reno, it has the most important role. She then turns to the greatest directors: Michael Mann, Woody Allen, Tim Burton and George Lucas. It is actually part of the cast of the second Star Wars trilogy turning alongside Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Keira Knightley, Sofia Coppola, Samuel L Jackson, …

Then she landed roles as a woman and not a girl. At Closer, between consenting adults his performance earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the same category and she was nominated for an Oscar.

In May 2008, Portman is a member of the jury at Cannes while Sean Penn is president.

In 2008 she directed her first short film, Eve is presented at the Venice Film Festival. The following year, she directed a short film project New York I Love You.

Her performance in the film Black Swan is greeted by twenty awards including the Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA Film Award, Independent Spirit Award, LAFCA …

Released in 2011, Thor is the first 3D movie that Natalie Portman participates. The 3D was done in post production.

Filmography

  • 1994 : Léon directed by Luc Besson : Mathilda Lando
  • 1994 : Developing directed by Marya Cohn (short) : Nina
  • 1995 : Heat directed by Michael Mann : Lauren Gustafson
  • 1996 : Beautiful Girls directed by Ted Demme : Marty
  • 1996 : Everyone Says I Love You directed by Woody Allen : Laura Dandridge
  • 1996 : Mars Attacks! directed by Tim Burton : Taffy Dale
  • 1999 : Star Wars, épisode I : The Phantom Menace directed by George Lucas : Padmé Naberrie / Reine Amidala
  • 1999 : Anywhere but Here directed by Wayne Wang : Ann August
  • 2000 : Where the Heart Is directed by Matt Williams : Novalee Nation
  • 2001 : Zoolander directed by Ben Stiller : herself
  • 2002 : Domino One directed by Nick Louvel : Dominique Bellamy
  • 2002 : Star Wars, épisode II : Attack Of The Clones directed by George Lucas : Padmé Amidala
  • 2003 : Cold Mountain directed by Anthony Minghella : Sara
  • 2004 : Garden State directed by Zach Braff : Samantha
  • 2004 : Closer directed by Mike Nichols : Alice Ayres / Jane Jones
  • 2005 : Star Wars, épisode III : Revenche of the Sith directed by George Lucas : Amidala / Padmé Skywalker
  • 2005 : Free Zone directed by Amos Gitaï : Rebecca
  • 2006 : V for Vendetta directed by James McTeigue : Evey Hammond
  • 2006 : Paris, Je T’Aime directed by Tom Tykwer : Francine
  • 2006 : Goya’s Ghosts directed by Miloš Forman : Inés Bilbatúa / Alicia
  • 2007 : My Blueberry Nights directed by Wong Kar-wai : Leslie
  • 2007 : The Darjeeling Limited directed by Wes Anderson : Jack’s Ex Girlfriend
  • 2007 : Hotel Chevalier directed by Wes Anderson (short) : Jack’s Ex Girlfriend
  • 2007 : Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium directed by Zach Helm : Molly Mahoney
  • 2008 : The Other Boleyn Girl directed by Justin Chadwick : Anne Boleyn
  • 2009 : The Other Woman directed by Don Roos : Emilia Greenleaf
  • 2009 : New York, I Love You directed by Mira Nair : Rifka Malone
  • 2009 : Brothers directed by Jim Sheridan : Grace Cahill
  • 2010 : Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky : Nina Sayers
  • 2011 : Hesher directed by Spencer Susser : Nicole
  • 2011 : No Strings Attached directed by Ivan Reitman : Dr Emma K. Kurtzman
  • 2011 : Your Highness directed by David Gordon Green : Isabelle
  • 2011 : Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh : Jane Foster
  • 2013 : Thor : The Dark World directed by Alan Taylor : Jane Foster
  • 2013 : Knight Of Cups directed by Terrence Malick

Awards and nominations

  • Oscar 2011 : best actress in a leading role for Black Swan
  • nomination Oscar 2005 : best actress in a supporting role for Closer
  • Golden Globes 2011 : best actress in a drama for Black Swan
  • nomination Golden Globes 2000 : best actress in a supporting role for Anywhere but here
  • Golden Globes 2005 : best actress in a supporting role for Closer
  • Saturn Award 2007 :  best actress in a leading role for V For Vendetta
  • Saturn Award 2011 : best actress in a leading role for Black Swan

Private life

Natalie met a French guy Benjamin Millepied during the filming of Black Swan. French choreographer and actress became engaged in December 2010 and were married in California August 4, 2012 and they had a son that born June 15, 2011: Aleph.

Natalie Portman à Columbia par Mira John

Natalie Portman in Columbia
© Mira John

Anecdotes

Alongside his acting career, Natalie Portman continued to explore obtaining a degree (bac +4) at Harvard in 2003. Then she went to Israel for a semester studying Arabic, Hebrew and the history of his country of birth.

Columbia University invites her to give a lecture on terrorism and counter-terrorism in which she talks about the film V for Vendetta.

In 2007 she appeared in a video clip of the song Dance Tonight Paul McCartney directed by Michel Gondry. With Johnny Depp, she performed in 2012 in sign language the lyrics of Paul McCartney My Valentine.

Muse Dior

Since 2011 and for a period of 3 years, Natalie is the muse for Miss Dior Chérie. The contract would be at the level of $ 28 million and the actress said to have negotiated a participation in a microcredit for women in poor countries. This advertisement was produced by Sofia Coppola, daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola and The Virgin Suicides. Watch the video of this ad:

Woman engaged

In addition to its action at the signing of its advertising contract with Dior, Natalie Portman is engaged. Since 2003, she is an ambassador for FINCA and she went to Ecuador, Mexico and Guatemala to promote microcredit to poor women. She explains this process and the importance of microfinance in several American universities: Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, UCLA, …

She is a vegetarian since his 8 years and has even become vegan after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book entitled Eating Animals. During her pregnancy, she again became vegetarian. It supports the PETA and animal rights advocates. In 2007, she launched a line of vegan shoes.

Having supported Hillary Clinton in the primaries, she supports Barack Obama in 2008 during the presidential campaign. It reaffirms its support in 2012 and participates in conventions Democrats like Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria and other actresses.

Videos

While pregnant, she received the Best Actress Actress in 2011 for her role as a dancer in Black Swan

With David Letterman :

The music video for the song My Valentine Paul McCartney in the version where she is alone (without the passages with Johnny Depp).