Natalie Portman


Natalie Portman Trivia


  • Trivia

    • She was named after the actress Natalie Wood.

    • Natalie's first on-screen love scene was in the 2000 movie Where the Heart Is.

    • Natalie has dual citizenship, United States and Israel.

    • During her freshman year in Harvard, Natalie resided in Lowell House.

    • In 2003, Natalie graduated Harvard with a Artium Baccalaureus degree in Psychology.

    • Natalie's interest in acting started when she attended the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camps for three summers.

    • Natalie's father is a gynecologist specialized in fertility.

    • Natalie turned down the main character in the movie Lolita (1997) because she disagrees with the exposure of young adults actors and actress to sex in movies.

    • Natalie turned down the part of Grace MacLean in the 1998 movie The Horse Whisperer, to act in Boardway in production of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

    • Natalie was originally cast as Juliet in Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet.  However Luhrman felt the age gap between her and Leonardo DiCaprio (Eight years) was a problem.  Also, he felt Portman was too young (She was thirteen at the time of filming.).  She was replaced by Claire Danes.

    • Natalie and her, then fiancé and current husband, Benjamin Millepied gave birth to their first son in 2011.

    • Natalie won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the film Black Swan at the 83rd annual Academy Awards.

    • Natalie was a member of the environmental song and dance troupe The World Patrol Kids under her real name, Natalie Hershlag.

    • Natalie was discovered in a Pizza parlor and was originally turned down for the role of Mathilda in Léon (1994) because she was too young.

    • Natalie dated Lukas Haas.

    • The make-up brand Stila has a lip gloss named after Natalie.

    • Natalie was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.

    • There is a band named after her: Natalie Portman's Shaved Head.

    • While in Morocco, Natalie lived in a tent and traveled by camel. She visits Morocco regularly.

    • For her 2003 New Year's party, Natalie wore a Zac Posen dress that had more than $10,000 worth of crystals sewn onto it. She also attended Moby's much-hyped secret Naked NYE party.

    • Natalie took diving courses in Eilat, Israel. Diving is one of her favorite hobbies.

    • Natalie was surprised and amused to discover that her apartment in the heart of Kings Cross, London, was across the street from a brothel.

    • Natalie was considered for the role of Jane Austen in Becoming Jane (2007), but the role went to Anne Hathaway.

    • Natalie is friends with young writer Jonathan Safran Foer.

    • Natalie's years at Harvard resulted in the phenomenon of The Natalies, in which every underclass woman with that first name received numerous e-mails and phone messages from fans.

    • As the first day of Cold Mountain (2003) filming fell on Halloween, Portman came to set dressed as Dorothy Gale only to realize she was the only one who'd dressed up.

    • Natalie has been taken dance lessons since the age of 4.

    • Known for her vegan lifestyle, Natalie has her own line of eco-friendly shoes, which were made out of fabric and plastic.

    • Natalie's film directorial debut opened the Venice Film Festival's short-film sidebar on September 2008. Her 17-minute film entitled Eve is described as "a civilized comedy" by the festival's organizers.

    • For her continued involvement with social and environmental causes, Natalie was honored with the Humanity Award for social commitment in the 2008 Venice Film Festival. She donated her $50,000.00 cash prize to Tacare Girl's Scholarship Programme of the Jane Goodall Institute.

    • Natalie is an Advisory Board Member for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund charitable organization and an Honorary Godparent for the Audrey Hepburn Children's House.

    • In Summer of 2008, Natalie pulled out from doing the 2009 version of Wuthering Heights because she felt she would not be able to get the Yorkshire accent right. It was a role she reportedly lobbied for to be cast as.

    • Natalie has appeared in the music video of "Carmensita", the single of rocker ex-boyfriend Devendra Banhart.

    • List Rankings/Appearances:
      • FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World
      2000 - No.63
      2001 - No.84
      2002 - No.43
      2003 - No.97
      2004 - No.74
      2005 - No.49
      2006 - No.48
      2007 - No.56
      2008 - No.39
      •'s Top 99 Most Desirable Women
      2002 - No.77
      2003 - No.09
      2005 - No.25
      2006 - No.09
      2007 - No.22
      2008 - No.15
      • Empire Magazine's (AUS) 100 Sexiest Movie Stars
      2002 - No.15
      2007 - No.02
      • Maxim's Hot 100
      2005 - No.42
      2006 - No.33
      • FHM Online's 100 Sexiest Women in the World
      2007 - No.31
      2008 - No.25
      •'s Top 100 Hot Celebrities
      2007 - No.10
      2008 - No.27
      • Others
      2002 - PETA's Sexiest Female Vegetarian
      2002 - People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People
      2002 - Teen People magazine's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25
      2008 - Entertainment Weekly's 30 Under 30 Actress List
      2008 - No.5, Hello (Canada)'s Most Beautiful Celebrity Women
      2009 - No. 89, "100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM".

    • Natalie describes her ideal man as someone who is aware of what's going on in themselves and in the world.

    • Natalie was a straight-A student since grade school. She graduated from Syosset High School in Long Island in June 1999.

    • Natalie owned a dog named Noodles. She owns a dog named Charlie.

    • In 2006, Blender Magazine named her one of the hottest women of film and TV because of her intelligence and kindness.

    • Natalie stated that she would never be in a horror movie. She was offered the lead role in Warner Brothers' House of Wax and turned it down.

    • Keira Knightley, as handmaiden Sabé, played the decoy for Portman's character Queen Amidala in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Many have said that the two actresses look very similar.

    • Favorites:
      Designers - Zac Posen, Isaac Mizrahi, Helmut Lang, Miu Miu, Prada, Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch
      Subject - Math ("There's always an answer.")
      Actor - Ben Kingsley
      Country - Israel
      City - Paris

    • Natalie appeared in many plays at Usdan Theater Arts Camp, where she played the dumb blonde, Dora, in Fiorello and the feminist Annie in Annie Get Your Gun.

    • Natalie likes collecting purses and small bags.

    • Natalie and Gael Garcia Bernal have gotten back together after splitting in 2004. They have had several dates during May/June 2006. She dated Lukas Haas in July 2001 and rocker Devendra Banhart in 2008.

    • Natalie studied for six months at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2004.

    • Natalie was in a band called The World Patrol Kids before she started her acting career.

    • Natalie Portman looked forward to shaving her head totally bald for the role of Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta, during the torture scenes, stating that she has wanted to do it for a long time.

    • Natalie is good friends with the members of Maroon 5.

    • Natalie is an only child to parents Avner, a doctor, and Shelly, an artist. She would like to be a doctor, like her father, when she gets older.

    • Natalie was born on her mother's birthday. She also shares a birthday with Johnny Depp.

    • Natalie plays Padme in the first three Star Wars movies (Episodes II, III). Natalie had never seen the original Star Wars movies prior to being cast.

    • Natalie has been named "the next Audrey Hepburn".

    • Natalie was the first actress looked at for Romeo + Juliet in 1996, but turned it down because of the age difference between herself and Leonardo DiCaprio. She also auditioned for Little Women.

    • Natalie's nickname is Nat.

    • Natalie was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actress in her role in the movie Closer.

    • Natalie can speak five languages: Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, French and English.

    • Natalie is 5'3" (1.60 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Natalie : You can never be the best. The only thing you can be the best at is developing your own self. Make use of the fact that you don't doubt yourself too much right now. As we get older, we get more realistic, and that includes about our own abilities — or lack thereof. That realism does us no favors. What has served me is diving into my own obliviousness, being more confident than I should be.

    • Natalie: I would say my friends and family are a passion, as I spend most of my time with them. I love dancing, not necessarily ballet, and I love watching dance as well. Those are definitely passions of mine.

    • Natalie: I've never tried smoking. I don't drink. I've never tried drugs.

    • Natalie: Cute is when a person's personality shines through their looks. Like in the way they walk, every time you see them, you just want to run up and hug them.

    • Natalie: I think school is so much harder than real life. People are so much more accepting when they are adults.

    • Natalie: (on acting while she was in college) I'm taking it day by day. Right now I like acting, but if something else sparks my interest in college, I'll do that. It's so limiting to say, this is it for the rest of my life. There are so many things that interest me: I love math, science, literature, languages.

    • Natalie: I also feel I'm a positive role model by not putting my education on hold.

    • Natalie: (on the violence in the movies) We live in a violent world, but since the success of films like Pulp Fiction (1994), it seems every movie has some violence in it, and it's now being used as a form of comedy: audiences are now being encouraged to laugh when people get their heads blown off. I just don't like hearing people laugh at violence

    • Natalie: I would say my friends and family are a passion, as I spend most of my time with them. I love dancing, not necessarily ballet, and I love watching dance as well. Those are definitely passions of mine.

    • Natalie: I love being home. My work takes me away so much that it really feels like a vacation being at home and being able to stay in bed all day and not get up. However, I also love traveling and have had amazing trips to many parts of the world.

    • Natalie: There is a lot lacking on the intellectual side and on the values side when being an actor.

    • Natalie: Politics is easy to segue into from acting. I'm very interested in it, though I would never run for office. But after this, anything I do is going to seem very bizarre to me.

    • Natalie Portman: You can never be the best. The only thing you can be the best at is developing your own self. Make use of the fact that you don't doubt yourself too much right now. As we get older, we get more realistic, and that includes about our own abilities — or lack thereof. That realism does us no favors. What has served me is diving into my own obliviousness, being more confident than I should be.

    • Natalie Portman: Ninety percent of how you learn is watching great people. When you are surrounded by good actors it lifts your performance.

    • Natalie Portman: Seriously, I would really want to grab Scarlett's [Johansson] breasts. She's got beautiful ones.

    • Natalie Portman: I'm not convinced about marriage. Divorce is so easy, and that fact that gay people are not allowed to marry takes much of the meaning out of it. Committing yourself to one person is sacred.

    • Natalie Portman: People think the film industry is going to corrupt me, but I feel like it's kept me more innocent, in a way. I wasn't really home when my friends were trying pot for the first time. I was always around adults who wouldn't smoke or curse or do anything like that around me. I don't do things that are dangerous to myself. I don't want to hurt myself.

    • Natalie Portman: (about auditioning for "Romeo + Juliet") They said it looked like Leonardo was molesting me when we kissed. It was really disappointing, but I wouldn't have wanted to be in the movie and have it look wrong. If I was in the film, I would have wanted it to be perfect.

    • Natalie Portman: My dad's a doctor, and when I was 8, I went to one of his medical conferences where they were demonstrating laser surgery on a chicken. I was so mad that a chicken had to die, I never ate meat again.

    • Natalie Portman: There's always pressure, from other people and yourself. If you're happy with the looks you're born with, then what are you going to do your whole life?. We keep thinking up new things and finding better ways of doing things because we're not happy with what we're given.

    • Natalie Portman: When I was in nursery school, the teachers asked me, y'know, 'What does your dad do for a living?' So I said 'He helps women get pregnant!' They called my mom and they were like, 'What exactly does your husband do?'

    • Natalie Portman: Sometimes just watching a person doing the things they would only do at home lets you know who they really are-like picking their nose. That's when you know someone is really comfortable around you.

    • Natalie Portman: Awards are so unnecessary because I think we get so much out of our work just by doing it. The work is a reward in itself.

    • Natalie Portman: They tell me: 'OK, this is where we're going to push up your cleavage,' and I'm like, 'What cleavage?'

    • Natalie Portman: The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you.

    • Natalie Portman: I love milk so much! I make a point of drinking a glass of milk every day. So now anyone who did those milk ads with the milk mustaches, they're my heroes.

    • Natalie Portman: Young actors often don't think of the consequences of doing nudity or sex scenes. They want the role so badly that they agree to be exploited, and then end up embarrassing family, friends, and even strangers.

    • Natalie Portman: I was definitely different from the other kids... I was more ambitious. I knew what I liked and what I wanted, and I worked really hard. I was a very serious kid.

    • Natalie Portman: There's so much else to do in the world. To just be interested in doing films would limit my life.