Natalie Portman

Actor, Model
Hailed as a child prodigy for her uncommonly skilled performances in Luc Besson's "The Professional" (1994) and Michael Mann's "Heat" (1995), Natalie Portman dodged the "child star curse" bullet to become a major big ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1981 in Israel

Filmography

Actor (59)

Jane Got a Gun 2015 (Movie)

Jane Hammond (Actor)

Knight of Cups 2015 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Dare Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Thor: The Dark World 2013 (Movie)

Jane Foster (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Hesher 2011 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

No Strings Attached 2011 (Movie)

Emma (Actor)

The Other Woman 2011 (Movie)

Emilia (Actor)

Thor 2011 (Movie)

Jane Foster (Actor)

Your Highness 2011 (Movie)

Isabel (Actor)

Black Swan 2010 (Movie)

Nina Sayers/the Swan Queen (Actor)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Brothers 2009 (Movie)

Grace Cahill (Actor)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Rifka (Actor)

Top Chef 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Julia Roberts: American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

My Blueberry Nights 2008 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

Project Runway 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Other Boleyn Girl 2008 (Movie)

Anne Boleyn (Actor)

Goya's Ghosts 2007 (Movie)

Ines/Alicia (Actor)

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium 2007 (Movie)

Molly Mahoney, The Composer (Actor)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Faubourg Saint-Denis") (Actor)

The Darjeeling Limited 2007 (Movie)

Jack's X-Girlfriend (Actor)

The Simpsons 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Free Zone 2006 (Movie)

Rebecca (Actor)

Hotel Chevalier 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

V for Vendetta 2006 (Movie)

Evey Hammond (Actor)

V for Vendetta: Unmasked 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Politics: A Pop Culture History 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Closer 2004 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Garden State 2004 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Hitler's Pawn: The Margaret Lambert Story 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

Inside the Actors Studio 2004 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 2002 (Movie)

Queen Padme Naberrie Amidala (Actor)

Zoolander 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Developing 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

Novalee Nation (Actor)

Anywhere But Here 1999 (Movie)

Ann August (Actor)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

Queen Amidala/Padme (Actor)

Susan Sarandon: Rebel With a Cause 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Beautiful Girls 1996 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Everyone Says I Love You 1996 (Movie)

Lauren (Actor)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Taffy Dale (Actor)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Lauren (Actor)

The Professional 1994 (Movie)

Mathilda (Actor)
Producer (5)

Jane Got a Gun 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hesher 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

No Strings Attached 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Other Woman 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Hailed as a child prodigy for her uncommonly skilled performances in Luc Besson's "The Professional" (1994) and Michael Mann's "Heat" (1995), Natalie Portman dodged the "child star curse" bullet to become a major big screen draw in her twenties. Even as a teen, Portman's talent for portraying sensitive old souls reflected her own grounded, emotionally evolved persona, as well as her ability to plan her career and choose roles wisely. She offered a Golden Globe-nominated performance as the level-headed daughter of flighty single mom Susan Sarandon in "Anywhere But Here" (1999), before transforming into a sci-fi pin-up as regal queen Padme Amidala in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy (1999, 2002, 2005). Her foray into mega blockbuster territory - including "V for Vendetta" (2006) - proved Portman's screen appeal as an empowered, intelligent and irresistibly cute screen star. Throughout her career Portman maintained "acclaimed actress" status with a Golden Globe-winning turn in Mike Nichols' "Closer" (2004) and Oscar-winning performance in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" (2010), as well as returned regularly to independent films like "Garden State" (2004), where her charm, emotional accessibility and increasing dramatic range made her one of the most bankable young women on the big screen.

Relationships

Devendra Banhart Song

Companion
Reportedly began dating after she appeared in his "Carmensita" video in March 2008 Split in September 2008

Gael García Bernal Actor

Companion
Dated from 2003-04 No longer together

Nathan Bogle

Companion
Spotted together at the U.S. Open in September 2007 No longer together

Jake Gyllenhaal Actor

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated in 2006

Lukas Haas Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996) Reportedly dating as of 2001 No longer together

Avner Hershlag

Father

Shelley Hershlag

Mother

Aleph Millepied

Son
Born in June 2011; father, Benjamin Millepied

Benjamin Millepied Actor

Companion
Met when he choreographed her in "Black Swan" (2010) Engaged in December 2010 Married Aug. 4, 2012

EDUCATION

Syosset High School

Syosset , New York 1999

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 2003

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role ("Black Swan")

2011

Cast as a scientist named Jane Foster in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen adaptation of "Thor"

2011

Co-starred with Danny McBride in the fantasy comedy, "Your Highness"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead ("Black Swan")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama ("Black Swan")

2010

Played a tortured ballet dancer in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan"

2009

Co-starred with Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal in Jim Sheridan's remake of "Brothers"

2008

Formed own production company, HandsomeCharlie Films

2008

Made directorial debut with the short film, "Eve," starring Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara; premiered at the Venice Film Festival

2008

Portrayed Anne Boleyn, opposite Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn in "The Other Boleyn Girl"

2007

Played a woman who inherits a magical toyshop in "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," co-starred opposite Dustin Hoffman

2007

Portrayed Goya's muse, who is falsely accused of heresy in Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghosts"

2006

Co-starred as one of two woman brought together by circumstance in Amos Gitai's "Free Zone"

2006

Starred in the Wachowski brothers' "V for Vendetta" based on the acclaimed graphic novel by author Alan Moore

2005

Reprised role of Queen Amidala in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"

2004

Joined an ensemble cast in Mike Nichols' adaptation of the Patrick Marber play "Closer"; earned an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actress

2004

Cast in Zach Braff's directorial debut "Garden State"

2003

Starred with Nicole Kidman and Jude law in "Cold Mountain"

2002

Reprised role of Queen Amidala in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"

2001

Returned to the stage as co-star of the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Seagull"; directed by Mike Nichols

2000

Starred as a pregnant 17-year-old who is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in "Where the Heart Is"

1999

Starred opposite Susan Sarandon in "Anywhere But Here"

1999

Played the young Queen in George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"

1997

Made Broadway debut as the title character in "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1996

Co-starred in "Beautiful Girls"; also appeared in Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You" and Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!"

1995

Played Al Pacino's troubled stepdaughter in "Heat"

1994

Made impressive film debut in Luc Besson's "The Professional"

1993

Stage debut as an understudy in the off-broadway musical "Ruthless;" Britney Spears was also in this play (date approximate)

1991

Was discovered by a modeling scout in a Long Island, New York pizza parlor

1988

Moved with family first to Washington, DC, then to Connecticut (date approximate)

Began acting with the Usdan Theatre Arts Camp

Will join Rachel Weisz and Jude Law to star in director Wong Kar-Wai's "My Blueberry Nights"

Family settled on New York's Long Island

Born in Israel

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star." - Portman quoted in USA Today, Nov. 14, 1994

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"I think school is so much harder than real life. People are so much more accepting when they are adults." - Natalie Portman quoted in Premiere 1995

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"I don't know if I'll ever be able to do nudity in film, and certainly not when I'm 14. I just hope for the girl who's in it [newcomer Dominique Swain] that they keep it as a look in this man's head, and don't make it a sexy thing." - Portman on turning down the title role in Adrian Lyne's "Lolita" to Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 26, 1996

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"The scenes with her were the scenes I looked forward to the most, because I knew there would be real clarity coming from her. She knew what she wanted, but she was also extremely free in the choices she made. Every take was different. Some people do the same thing over and over again, but Natalie really listens, so if I did something different in take two, she made these beautiful adjustments. To do that at the age of 44 is extraordinary, but at 13." - co-star Timothy Hutton on working with Portman in "Beautiful Girls," as quoted in Vanity Fair, May 1999

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"She has this kind of unembarrassed idealism... I really love the fact that this queen is a young woman. Young girls don't have that kind of role model in their life, in real life or reflected on film. Girls are losing a lot of confidence in themselves as the years go on. They become much more worried about their looks than their intelligence, their personality, their kindness, their souls." - Portman on Queen Amidala, her character in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" to Boston Herald, May 17, 1999

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"I never do more than two projects a year. I like it like that. I don't think I have the capacity to move from one thing to the other too quickly... I need three months to recharge before I can take on another role." - Portman to Peter Sarsgaard her co-star in "Garden State" in Interview July 2004

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"I'm trying to just have a little bit more fun and not be so measured." - Portman to Biography, Summer 2004

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"I just feel that I have a different life experience from anyone I know. I definitely had a period where I was conformist, the high school years when you just want to fit in. But at the same time, as an artist, you want to keep things strange. It's comforting to be different, because you look at the world from such a different perspective than other people. And that's what makes art, a unique perspective." - Portman to Premiere, March 2005

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"She's magic, she's funny, she's cute, she's sexy, she's intelligent, her beauty is aberrant. When you look at her, you just get it. She can go all the way." - producer Joel Silver on Portman, as quoted in W magazine, May 2005

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