What You Didn’t Know About Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is extremely talented, down-to-earth, and straight-out gorgeous inside and out type of woman. Could she be more perfect? Apparently, she can. Her IQ is near genius level and she graduated from Harvard in no time. Natalie is beautiful, talented and she is the only person in the world that both Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis kissed.
While she has spent most of her life in the spotlight, there are still some intimate facts to discover about Ms. Portman. So, you want to know 20 fantastic facts about Natalie Portman? Read on!
1. She Was Born In Israel
Natalie’s real name is Neta-Lee Hershlag. Portman is her maternal grandmother’s maiden name. Her name is originally Israeli. She was born in Jerusalem, Israel, on June 9, 1981, but she grew up in the States. Natalie is a dual-citizen of both countries.
In 1984, Natalie emigrated with her family to the States from Israel when she was only 3 years old. Many of her family members died in the Holocaust including her paternal great-grandparents. They were killed in Poland, at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
2. Discovered By Revlon
Natalie caught the eye of a Revlon beauty scout when she was only 9 years old. Discovery of this exceptional person happened while she was visiting Pizza Parlors.
Although being called out for Revlon is a major thing, Natalie decided to turn in down. She decided to go for acting instead and to focus on building up her acting career. From this point of view, it seems like a good decision, right?
3. She Is Brainy
With an IQ of 140, Natalie is basically a genius. She graduated with honors from Harvard in 2003 with A.B. in psychology. Natalie is known for putting real-life needs before acting. During one interview she stated, “I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruined my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”
Natalie is also a legit scientist. In scientific circles, she goes by the name Natalie Hershlag. Her published paper is available online, and it’s titled “Frontal lobe activation during object permanence: data from near-infrared spectroscopy.” We are not sure what does it means actually, but it does sounds smart.
4. Natalie Is Vegan
Natalie is known for being a vegetarian ever since she was only 8 years old! She became a strict vegan in 2009 after reading the book called ‘Eating Animals.’ That book was an eye-opener for her about the meat industry. At the time of starting her vegan journey, she was pregnant with her son Aleph.
Her all-time favorite food is tofu and black beans. She is also a huge hummus fan. Natalie even said once that she can consume her own weight in hummus every single day. Also, Natalie isn’t one to wag a finger about your diet choices, but she wants you to think about the food you’re eating.
5. Natalie Is Bilingual
Natalie Portman is a bit of machine when it comes to learning languages. She speaks 6 languages! Natalie is fluent in Hebrew, English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. If you want to hear her speaking Hebrew slang you can find it available online. Prepare yourself for a treat!
This linguistically-talented actress is fluent in 6 languages, but she is flirting with a few more, including Arabic. If you are not impressed with her oral linguistic capabilities you will change your mind once you check Sir Paul McCartney’s music video for “My Valentine,” where she mimics the song’s using sign language.
6. Married The French Choreographer
Natalie will remember ‘Black Swan’ for two things. Winning an Oscar and meeting the love of her life. She began dating ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied after the two met on the set. He was the choreographer. Benjamin shared that he realizes that he loves Natalie during one of the rehearsal moments, That was also the moment when Natalie realizes that he stands on her already bruised toes.
Benjamin and Natalie share mutual love toward ballet. Her experience in ballet was more than helpful for her authentic role in ‘Black Swan.’ They have been married ever since. They live together in Paris and have two children: Aleph and Amalia.
7. She Is A Writer And Director
Natalie is a person with broad art interests. She showed that with her directorial debut ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’, in 2015. Her first choice for directing was an adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s autobiographical novel. In this project, she wrote the screenplay, directed the movie and even acted.
She directed the entire movie in Hebrew. Also, shortly after her directorial debut, the New York Times published the e-mails between Natalie and Jonathan Safran Foer.
8. Natalie Portman Is Not Natalie Portman
Ok, so we have already told you that her name is not Natalie, but Neta-Lee Hershlag. But, what’s interesting is the fact that her birthday is also not just hers. Natalie was born on June 9. On the same date as her mother.
According to a 2002 Rolling Stone, sharing a birthday with her mom puts her conception on her father’s birthday. Natalie shared that this info was: “The grossest piece of information I’ve ever learned.”
9. Born For Ballet
Natalie is a big fan of dancing. She put on ballet shoes for the first time at the age of 4. This helped her train and prepare for her dynamic role in ‘Black Swan.’ Despite her preparation, she suffered a number of injuries during its filming.
During the dance scenes in ‘Black Swan’, Natalie had injured her ankle. The production couldn’t afford a medic on set and the boom mic operator offered to help. He punched Natalie in the stomach and after a few minutes, Natalie informed everyone that her rib was broken. That rib injury in the movie was real.
10. Black Swan Melodrama
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan director, wanted to have real competition between the leading actresses on the set. Therefore, he had to create some drama. A bit of drama actually. So, he fuel competition between amazing Milan Kunis and skillful Natalie Portman.
Darren really wanted authentic and real scenes. He would use every second to push them. Also, he would also separate them for days. In that way, they wouldn’t be aware of the progress of the other.
11. Famous Bestie
It’s not an easy thing to have a good friend while being under a constant spotlight. Some famous friendships come and go and some are simply here to stay. Natalie Portman and Britney Spears are clear evidence that it’s possible to have a famous friend on a long-run.
Once upon a time, there was an off-Broadway play called ‘Ruthless’ and they both were once understudies there. It seems that they also love partying together. They co-hosted a New Year’s party together in 2002 in Manhattan.
12. Handsomecharlie Films
Natalie is all about woman empowerment in the film industry. She is a proud owner of an exquisite production company called Handsomecharlie Films. Handsomecharlie Films is on a mission to create more roles for women by women. Brilliant!
Handsomecharlie Films are focused on comedies and women in comedies. The only movie that they have produces so far, that’s not a comedy is documentary ‘Eating Animals,’ adaptation of Foer’s novel.
13. There Is Some Spy Blood
Not only that Natalie has famous friends, but she is related to some awesome people as well. Actually, she is related to a spy and that’s pretty cool!
One of Natalie’s great-grandmothers worked as a real spy during World War II. She actually worked as a spy for the English way. Adventure runs through Portman’s family!
14. The Professional
Natalie was only 12 when her first movie, Léon: The Professional, premiered. The film was a major success that opened Hollywood doors to young Natalie. Also, the movie brought to her a number of things to deal with afterward.
Natalie always points out how much she was proud of her role and Léon: The Professional overall. But, she had to deal with the aftermath of the film’s premiere. She found herself suddenly looked upon as a sexual object. And you must admit, its not something that a 12-year-old-kid can easily deal with.
‘Romeo + Juliet’ was a big hit back in 1996, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. At that time Natalie had a huge desire to play inspiring Juliet next to DiCaprio. She auditioned and did a great job. So, what happened?
Although she did a great job in the audition, producers believed that she was too young to start next to DiCaprio. Therefore, she missed this role and it went to Claire Danes.
Natalie Portman is a great comedian, on and off the screen. She is known for having a great sense of humor and for outstanding performing in comedic roles. She hosted Saturday Night Live in 2006.
People loved her is ‘Natalie Raps – SNL Digital Short’ where she portrayed herself as an angry rapper. She raps about cheating at Harvard University while she was constantly high on marijuana and cocaine.
17. 5 Movies In Just 2 Years
Natalie is kind of a workaholic. She proved that with her fantastic 2007 year and filming not 1, but FIVE different movies. They include ‘Goya’s Ghosts,’ ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,’ ‘My Blueberry Nights,’ ‘The Darjeeling Limited’ and ‘The Other Boleyn Girl.’
Every single movie brought Natalie additional fame and recognition. What is more exciting about these movies is the fact that they are all entirely different, and she had to adapt her style to each one of them. Talking about being committed.
18. V for Vendetta
What people love about Natalie’s acting is that she goes all in. The same goes for her role in ‘V for Vendetta.’ She went through one of the most challenging physical changes for this role.
She shaved her head for this role and worked intensively with a voice coach to speak with a true English accent. And she really did an amazing job.
19. Youngest Member of Cannes
It is a big honor for someone’s film to be featured in the Cannes Film Festival, and even bigger to be a member of its jury. Natalie Portman had that pleasure.
In 2008 Natalie Portman served as the youngest member of the Cannes Film Festival jury at the 61st Annual Cannes Festival
20. She Has A Big Heart
Natalie Portman believes is giving back to the community. She is a passionate humanitarian. Back in 2010, VH1 awarded her with a “Do Something Award,” for her worthwhile humanitarian work.
She is known for organizing often humanitarian actions, like fashion shows in order to collect means for research of different diseases.