Instead of things we did not know about Natalie Portman, let’s start with what we do know: she is beautiful, talented, and graduated from Harvard. While she has spent most of her life in the spotlight, here are some facts and details you probably wouldn’t have guessed about her and her life.
Natalie Portman is one of the highest paid female actresses in Hollywood. Her net worth is about $45 million.
Natalie Portman Was Born In Israel
She was born in Jerusalem, Israel, on June 9, 1981, but grew up in the United States. She is a dual-citizen of both countries.
Natalie Portman is actually just her stage name. It is her paternal grandmother’s maiden name. Her real name is Natalie Hershlag. She is the only child of Shelley, an American homemaker who works as Portman’s agent, and Avner Hershlag, an Israeli citizen who is a fertility specialist and gynecologist.
Many of her family members died in the Holocaust including her paternal great-grandparents who were killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
Discovered in A Pizza Parlor
Natalie was discovered by a Revlon beauty scout when she was 9 years old. She turned down the offer for a modeling contract and instead decided to focus on acting.
She Is Really Smart
Natalie is basically a genius. She has an IQ of 140! She also graduated with honors from Harvard in 2003 with an A.B. in psychology. She stated in an interview, “I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruined my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”
She is Vegan
She became a strict vegan in 2009. Her favorite food is tofu and black beans. She has stated in many interviews she feels and looks much better as a vegan.
She Speaks 6 Languages
Natalie Portman speaks 6 languages, she is fluent in Hebrew, English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. She even has some videos online teaching Hebrew slang.
Married The Choreographer
Natalie began dating ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied after the two met on the set of the Black Swan. He was the choreographer. The two announced their engagement in 2010. She gave birth to their son, Aleph Portman-Millepied in 2011.
She’s Directing and Writing
Portman made her directorial debut in 2015 with the film A Tale of Love and Darkness. She began working on an adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s autobiographical novel in 2013. She directed, acted and wrote for the film.
One of her most unique films: New York, I Love You
One of Natalie’s most unique films is the 2008 romantic comedy-drama anthology: New York, I Love you. It consists of 11 short films which were directed by a different director. All the short films are related to love and New York City.
She learn how to Dance when she was young
Natalie started dancing when she was only 4 years old. This helped her train and prepare for her role in Black Swan. Despite all the preparation, Portman experienced a number of injuries on the set including breaking a rib.
Britney Spears is one of her friends
Did you know Natalie and Britney Spears are friends? When she was just starting her acting career, Natalie Portman was an understudy for the off-Broadway show “Ruthless.” So was Britney Spears and the two became fast friends!. They also hosted a New Year’s party together in 2002 in Manhattan.
She is close friends with Rashida Jones, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mila Kunis and Bryce Dallas Howard.
She has a Production Company: Handsomecharlie Films
Natalie has a really cool production company called Handsomecharlie Films. Its aim is to create more roles for women by women. They focus on comedies.
One Is Not Like The Others
Natalie Portman stated in an interview, “different from the other kids. I was more ambitious. I knew what I liked and what I wanted, and I worked very hard. I was a very serious kid.”
The Diary of Anne Frank
Natalie said no to a role in “The Horse Whisperer” to accept a role on Broadway in “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Scarlett Johansson took the role in “The Horse Whisperer.”
She enrolled at Hebrew University for Graduate courses
Natalie famously got her B.A. from Harvard. After accepting some more acting roles, she enrolled at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for graduate courses.
She filmed 5 Movies in 2 Years
2007 was crazy for Natalie Portman! She filmed 5 movies! They include ‘Goya’s Ghosts,’ ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,’ ‘My Blueberry Nights,’ ‘ The Darjeeling Limited’ and ‘The Other Boleyn Girl.’
V for Vendetta
Natalie Portman went all out for her role in “V for Vendetta.” She shaved her head and worked with a voice coach to speak with an English accent.
In the film, “Closer” Natalie plays Alice, an American stripper who meets Dan (played by Jude Law) and they begin dating. She did such a great job in this film she won a Golden Globe and received an Oscar nomination.
She appeared in Paul McCartney’s music video “Dance Tonight” from his 2007 album Memory Almost Full, directed by Michel Gondry.
She has won several awards
Black Swan came out in 2010 and it was epic! She did such an amazing job she earned her first Academy Award for her role. She also earned a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and BFCA Award.