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Watch an 11-Year-Old Natalie Portman Audition for 'Leon: The Professional'

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Jun 17, 2013 | 2:15pm EDT

 

Watching an 11-year-old Natalie Portman's audition for Leon: The Professional, you can't help but wonder if the casting director realized the actress who snagged the role of Mathilda would be a future Academy Award winner. The part landed the preteen her first glimmer of the spotlight, and within the next two years she hit the acting jackpot by working with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Woody Allen

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Impressive as she was back then, Portman has skyrocketed to glory, putting to rest any fears that she'd succumb to the dreadful fate that engulfs most young ones who enter showbiz. Check out her audition and decide for yourself why she didn't end up like these child actors...

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