If I had spoken more articulately, I might have conveyed what I truly feel: I could never know what it is like to be a black AmericanNatalie Portman apologizes for race quote Dec 08, 2004
I haven't been told anything so for all I know, it could be like walking, an insert shot of my hands, or a whole new storyline, so I will be as surprised as you are'Star Wars' resumes filming after wrap Aug 04, 2004
I've been working since I was 11 years old and SAG has taken care of me. They made sure that I wasn't working too long and that I got my education while I was working and I'm so grateful to have this union protecting me every dayPortman, Firth, 'Speech' win SAG Awards Jan 30, 2011
Thank you so much to the academy. This is insane and I truly, sincerely wish the prize tonight was to get to work with my fellow nominees. I'm so in awe of you. I'm so grateful to get to do the job I get to do. I love it so much'Speech' wins big at Oscars Feb 27, 2011
Natalie Hershlag (Hebrew: נטלי הרשלג; born June 9, 1981), better known by her stage name Natalie Portman, is an actress with dual American and Israeli citizenship. Her first role was as an orphan taken in by a hitman in the 1994 French action film Léon, but major success came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In 1999, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while still working as an actress. She completed her bachelor's degree in 2003.
In 2001, Portman opened in New York City's Public Theater production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. In 2005, Portman received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for the drama Closer. She shaved her head and learned to speak with a British accent for her starring role in V for Vendetta (2006), for which she won a Constellation Award for Best Female Performance, and a Saturn Award for Best Actress. She played leading roles in the historical dramas Goya's Ghosts (2006) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). In May 2008, she served as the youngest member of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival jury. Portman's directorial debut, Eve, opened the 65th Venice International Film Festival's shorts competition in 2008.
In 2011, Portman won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the BAFTA Award for her lead performance as Nina in Black Swan.