Natalie Portman likes to try out ‘wild experiences’ on film

Natalie Portman has been deliberately choosing film roles which are completely different from her own life.The Black Swan star’s recent film roles have included Annihilation, in which she played a scientist investigating a mysterious quarantine zone,…

Natalie Portman has been deliberately choosing film roles which are completely different from her own life.

The Black Swan star’s recent film roles have included Annihilation, in which she played a scientist investigating a mysterious quarantine zone, Vox Lux, in which she portrayed a troubled popstar, and the upcoming Lucy in the Sky, in which she plays an astronaut who returns home after a transcendent experience in space and begins to lose touch with reality.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Natalie, who is mother to eight-year-old son Aleph and two-year-old daughter Amalia, explained she has been making a conscious effort to select parts that are far removed from her real life.

“I just feel weird if I’m at work pretending to be a mom to some kid who’s not my kid,” she said. “So, I’ve been trying out wild experiences like being an astronaut or a popstar.”

Natalie made her feature directorial debut in 2015 with A Tale of Love and Darkness and is keen to get behind the camera once again.

She is also in the early stages of writing a screenplay, and she tries to set aside time to work on the script once her children are asleep and she’s completed household tasks.

“I’ve been working a little bit, you know, I get the kids to bed, do the dishes, do the laundry, and then write for an hour,” the Oscar-winning actress explained.

In keeping with her desire to have “wild experiences”, it was recently announced that the 38-year-old would be playing the female Thor in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. She told her Instagram followers she was going to get “jacked” to reprise the role of Jane Foster.

Lucy in the Sky, which also stars Jon Hamm and Dan Stevens, is due to be released later this year.

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Natalie Portman: ‘There’s a revolution occurring in beauty industry’

Natalie Portman is adamant make-up can play a part in the female-led revolution occurring in Hollywood.The Oscar-winning actress is a staunch political activist and has been involved in the U.S. Women’s March equal rights organisation and the developme…

Natalie Portman is adamant make-up can play a part in the female-led revolution occurring in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning actress is a staunch political activist and has been involved in the U.S. Women’s March equal rights organisation and the development of the #MeToo movement.

And in a new interview with Marie Claire, Portman explained how she feels cosmetics and a woman’s beauty can be revolutionary.

“I think everyone now feels free to use beauty products as much or as little as they want, and the relaxing of those constraints is a revolution in itself,” she shared. “It allows you to reveal who you are but also to protect by masking yourself. Sometimes you want a bold lipstick, and sometimes no make-up at all. No matter what you decide, it doesn’t dictate who you are.”

The Black Swan star is keen to use as many natural products as possible in her beauty routine, after being inspired by the make-up artist on the set of her first film Leon: The Professional back in 1994.

“For my first role, the make-up artist on set used beet juice mixed with rose water for my character’s cheeks, and it always made me want to use the most natural products possible,” the 38-year-old shared.

The actress, who is the face of Dior’s hugely successful fragrance Miss Dior, also revealed that one of her favourite scents is jasmine, as it transports her back to Morocco where she travelled extensively during her twenties.

“Smell is the most emotional of the senses. It’s one of the earliest to develop, so scents hit you at your core and can take you back to a particular place and time,” Portman explained.

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Rodarte designers: ‘Natalie Portman’s 2011 Oscars look was a special moment’

Kate and Laura Mulleavy have described dressing Natalie Portman in Rodarte for the 2011 Oscars as a pivotal moment in their careers. The design duo, who have worked with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Margot Robbie and Brie Larson, have picked out their…

Kate and Laura Mulleavy have described dressing Natalie Portman in Rodarte for the 2011 Oscars as a pivotal moment in their careers.

The design duo, who have worked with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Margot Robbie and Brie Larson, have picked out their favourite celebrity dresses for a new Harper’s Bazaar U.S. feature, and selected the purple off-the-shoulder gown Natalie wore when she appeared at the 2011 Academy Awards as a Best Actress nominee for Black Swan.

The Mulleavys had designed the costumes for the psychological thriller as well as all the red carpet outfits for it, so having Natalie, who was pregnant with her first child Aleph the time, take home the trophy while dressed in Rodarte was the perfect end to that project.

“Making the gown for Natalie’s Academy Award appearance for Black Swan was a pinnacle moment in a two-year journey we took with her,” said Laura. “From making the ballet costumes for the film, to making the principle character costumes for her character, to making dresses and gowns for the premiere events for the film, and being a friend we were able to create an Oscar gown that celebrated her iconic and brilliant performance.”

Kate added, “Seeing her nominated and winning at the Oscars was one of the most special moments of our career.”

For the feature, the siblings also picked a few designs that hit the red carpet earlier this year, such as Black Panther star Danai Gurira’s orange Golden Globes dress, Roma actress Yalitza Aparicio’s Oscars gown, and Brie Larson’s star-studded dress for the premiere of Captain Marvel.

“It was so thrilling to create a custom gown for our friend’s premiere,” commented Kate of Brie’s look. “Brie worked tirelessly to create this character and seeing the culmination of all her hard work and diligence on opening night was overwhelming.”

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Natalie Portman: ‘No one would make Leon today’

Natalie Portman is convinced her breakout movie Leon: The Professional would never get made today.The Oscar-winning actress was 13 when she landed the lead role in Luc Besson’s 1994 action thriller, with the film also starring Jean Reno and Gary Oldman…

Natalie Portman is convinced her breakout movie Leon: The Professional would never get made today.

The Oscar-winning actress was 13 when she landed the lead role in Luc Besson’s 1994 action thriller, with the film also starring Jean Reno and Gary Oldman.

But while Natalie had a blast playing a protegee of an assassin on set, she’s not sure the idea of an ultra-violent movie based around a teenager would get greenlit in 2019.

“I appreciate it when something connects with an audience,” she said in an interview with Empire. “It also gave me my career on a platter and was a 100 per cent a positive experience. I loved doing it. But you watch and it’s largely inappropriate.

“There’s a lot of stuff in there that’s not amazing through today’s eyes. I think because people are still connected to it and care about it and I personally did not have anything but positive feelings, I still feel more on the proud side. Even though I totally understand, I don’t know how I’d show that to my kids.”

Natalie and her ballet choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied are parents to seven-year-old son Aleph and two-year-old daughter Amalia.

And while the star has achieved mainstream success for her performances as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel films and features like Closer, Garden State, The Other Boleyn Girl, Black Swan and Jacqueline Kennedy biopic Jackie, she is adamant that Leon: The Professional is the flick that fans ask her the most questions about.

“It’s still the thing people come up to me the most on the street, even more than Star Wars or Black Swan,” the 37-year-old insisted.

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Natalie Portman keeps landing film roles which fulfil her childhood ambitions

Natalie Portman has joked that the only movie roles she’s now interested in are ones where she can live out her childhood dreams.The Black Swan star has had a packed schedule in recent months, starring in popstar movie Vox Lux and upcoming sci-fi dra…

Natalie Portman has joked that the only movie roles she’s now interested in are ones where she can live out her childhood dreams.

The Black Swan star has had a packed schedule in recent months, starring in popstar movie Vox Lux and upcoming sci-fi drama Lucy in the Sky, where she plays an astronaut.

Talking to Vogue Australia about her latest films, she laughed: “I feel like I’m getting to live out my childhood dreams through my roles: ballerina, singer, astronaut. It’s going to be my criteria now for choosing movies that I’m going to be playing – next I’ll be like a mermaid and a firewoman!”

In Vox Lux, Natalie stars as singer Celeste, who is propelled into the spotlight after surviving a school shooting.

She got to work with her dancer husband Benjamin Millepied on the film, who also helped her with the ballet choreography for Black Swan, an experience she relished.

“It was so fun. First of all, I don’t know how I would have done it without him, because he pretty much did it as a favour to me, because I had so little time before we started that I don’t think it would have been possible if we hadn’t been in the same home, to just able to fit in rehearsals whenever we had a moment,” she said. “That was really, really fun, and then also, of course, he’s amazing, and also knows my leg strengths and weaknesses, so he knows how to work around what I can and can’t do.

“Then the dancers were incredible; they had all come off of Beyonce’s tour. I mean, it took me a month of spending hours every day working on this stuff and they learned it like two days. It was really amazing. They were just the greatest women.”

The couple have two children; seven-year-old Aleph and Amalia, two.

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Natalie Portman’s work with Dior has inspired her to wear red lipstick

Natalie Portman’s partnership with Christian Dior has inspired her to wear red lipstick more.The Black Swan actress signed on to be a brand ambassador for the French luxury brand back in 2010 and has since fronted campaigns for fragrance and beauty pro…

Natalie Portman’s partnership with Christian Dior has inspired her to wear red lipstick more.

The Black Swan actress signed on to be a brand ambassador for the French luxury brand back in 2010 and has since fronted campaigns for fragrance and beauty products.

Natalie has built up a strong relationship with artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, who became the first woman to lead the business when she was appointed in 2016, and explained in a new interview with Vogue Australia that she appreciates the empowering messages the Italian designer conveys.

“I almost cried when I saw (Maria) putting flats down the couture runway. I was like: ‘Yes!'” she recalled to the publication. “She’s amazing and it’s been really fun – it’s also made me wear red lipstick a lot more in my real life. I don’t normally wear make-up but whenever I’m feeling bold, like I want to go in and get things done, I put on red lipstick and I’m ready.”

Natalie went on to explain that she is impressed by the way in which Maria’s designs have triggered discussions about feminism, especially pieces like the T-shirt from her debut line which featured the slogan ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ – the title of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2014 book-length essay.

But the brunette beauty is also a fan of wearing the designer’s high-end couture pieces to red carpet events.

“It’s been amazing having Maria Grazia Chiuri there – I feel like a woman knows what another woman wants to wear! And every time I’m in those dresses I feel exactly how I want to feel,” the 37-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, Natalie added that one of her favourite gigs with Dior has been as the face of the Miss Dior perfume, as she loved being able to meet with perfumer Francois Demachy and learn all about the development of scent.

“I’ve had amazing experiences and I’m kind of obsessed with flowers and scent, so to get to visit the rose fields in Grasse and meet with their nose, Francois Demachy, and see how it gets created is just a total fantasy dream,” she smiled.

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Natalie Portman to host online MasterClass for wannabe actors

Oscar winner Natalie Portman has signed up to advise wannabe actors on honing their craft as part of a new online masterclass. The Black Swan star will share her unique approach to acting as part of the $90 (£68) class. “Acting is a joyful experienc…

Oscar winner Natalie Portman has signed up to advise wannabe actors on honing their craft as part of a new online masterclass.

The Black Swan star will share her unique approach to acting as part of the $90 (£68) class.

“Acting is a joyful experience. It’s the act of empathy and play,” the actress said. “You should be free to be creative, try new things and make mistakes. That is how I learned.

“In this class, I’m excited to share what I’ve pieced together over 25 years as an actress – things that have worked for me, things that I’ve seen work well for others, and things I figured out myself.”

In her MasterClass, Portman will “share her many approaches to acting for the screen” and “teach students how building a character map” – a technique she finds useful as she’s understanding a character’s journey.

The star will also show students how to work with the director and camera to “create stronger performances”, and she’ll also help aspiring actors perfect the “fine line between taking direction while bringing your own ideas to the table”.

During the classes, Natalie will use her own case studies from Black Swan and Jackie, explaining how she researches characters for both historical and fictional roles, how she builds the physicality and the consciousness of the character and how she defines the “voice and nuances of dialect for different roles”, while demonstrating training exercises with her dialect coach.

“Natalie is thrilling,” said David Rogier, co-founder and CEO of MasterClass. “She approaches each role with a ferociousness and artistry that simply make her one of the best actresses of her generation – and she’s done it without formal training. Her class dives into the craft in ways no other class has done – teaching you how to create the career you want and to understand everything from character mapping, to dialect, to responding to your sets to green screen acting. The class will blow you away.”

Portman joins the likes of Christina Aguilera, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman, and Steve Martin, who have also fronted online MasterClasses as part of the 14-year-old programme.

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New Rodarte exhibition set to open in Washington, D.C.

Rodarte will be the focus of the first major fashion exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts.The brand, helmed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, was founded in 2005 and is loved by stars like Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portm…

Rodarte will be the focus of the first major fashion exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The brand, helmed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, was founded in 2005 and is loved by stars like Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley.

The new retrospective will showcase Rodarte’s haute couture costumes and red carpet-worthy gowns. Arranged over the museum’s second floor, a total of 90 looks from 18 collections will be on display, including costumes made for Oscar-winning film Black Swan, and 2017 drama Woodshock, which the sisters also directed.

“It took about a year to pull everything out (from our collections) and decide which pieces to place in the exhibit,” Laura told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was interesting to go through that process, to see all that work over time.”

The exhibition opens on Saturday (10Nov18), and will be on until 10 February 2019.

The museum will also be running special events in conjunction with the showcase, including a Rodarte-inspired crafting event, a workshop on fashion illustration, and screenings of both Black Swan and Woodshock.

“Rodarte burst onto the scene in 2005, taking the fashion and art worlds by surprise with their deeply personal and conceptual approach to fashion design,” guest curator Jill D’Alessandro of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art said. “Rodarte the exhibition explains the distinctive design, material concerns and recurring themes that position the Mulleavys at the intersection of contemporary art and fashion.”

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Natalie Portman in talks to play dual roles in advice columnist biopic

Natalie Portman is reportedly in talks to play twins in a biopic about the writers of the iconic Ann Landers and Dear Abby advice columns.The Black Swan actress is circling a deal to play identical twin sisters, and professional rivals, Esther ‘Eppie’ …

Natalie Portman is reportedly in talks to play twins in a biopic about the writers of the iconic Ann Landers and Dear Abby advice columns.

The Black Swan actress is circling a deal to play identical twin sisters, and professional rivals, Esther ‘Eppie’ Lederer and Pauline ‘Popo’ Phillips, reports Collider. An insider has also claimed that she wants to direct the movie.

Katie Robbins, a writer for TV show The Affair, has penned the script for the film, which is currently untitled, while Peter Saraf and Dani Melia of Big Beach are to produce. A possible release date has not been disclosed.

Born in Iowa in 1918, Eppie began writing the Ask Ann Landers column in 1955, while her sister launched the rival Dear Abby column under the pen name Abigail Van Buren the following year.

Over the course of their careers, the women became nationwide media celebrities, with Eppie named by a World Almanac survey in 1978 as the most influential woman in the United States, while her twin’s Dear Abby became the most widely syndicated newspaper column in the world, appearing in 1,400 newspapers with 110 million readers. Popo also hosted a daily Dear Abby programme on CBS Radio from 1963 until 1975.

But in spite of their individual success, Eppie and Popo had a difficult and competitive relationship. Though the duo publicly reconciled in 1964, the acrimony between them persisted, and a few years before Eppie’s death in 2002 at the age of 83 they were not on speaking terms. Popo passed away aged 94 in 2013.

Previously, Natalie directed and starred in 2015 drama A Tale of Love and Darkness. She most recently starred in sci-fi movie Annihilation and is now shooting Pale Blue Dot, Noah Hawley’s film about a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a life-changing mission in space, begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality.

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