20 most interesting facts about Natalie Portman.

Things to know about Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman has been acting since her teenage. In her more than 20-year career, she's appeared in more than three dozen films.

Natalie Portman

1. Where was Natalie Portman born?

Natalie was born on June 9, 1981, in the city of Jerusalem.

2. She has dual citizenship

Portman is a citizen of both countries Israel and the United States.

3. She has an Ohio connection

IMDB reports that Portman's parents met on the campus of The Ohio State University.

4. Her first movie was a foreign film

Portman made her feature film debut in the French film 'The Professional' which starred Jean Reno.

5. She once worked with a pop princess

When she was 12, she served as an understudy with Britney Spears for Laura Bell Bundy’s lead role in the musical ‘Ruthless!’

6. She was almost Juliet

planned to play the role of Juliet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo but was replaced by Claire Danes when film execs thought there was too much of an age difference between the two leads.

7. She's an Ivy League graduate

Natalie graduated from Harvard University in 2003.

8. She worked with a famous lawyer

While at Harvard, Natalie worked as a research assistant for Alan Dershowitz, working on a book he was writing.

9. She's made many trips to Cannes

Portman served as a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.

10. She's related to a spy

One of Portman's grandmothers worked as a spy for the British in World War 2.

11. She's done theatre too

Appeared in Chekhov's The Seagull in 2001. The production also featured Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

12. She's done comic book movies too

Natalie has appeared in many films adapted from comic books including 'V for Vendetta and 'Thor'

13. The role she took over

Natalie replaced Eva Green in 'Closer' for the role of Alice

14. She's won an Oscar

Portman has won so many awards for her work including a Golden Globe for 'Closer' and an Academy Award and Golden Globe for 'Black Swan.

15. She wasn't a fan of Star Wars

After being cast, Portman later admitted that she had never seen any of the original trilogies of films.

16. She met her husband on the set of a film

Portman is married to ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied whom she met on the set of ‘Black Swan.’ The couple has a son and daughter.

17. She's Star Wars royalty

Natalie was chosen by George Lucas for the role of Queen in his first prequel 'The Phantom Menace'

18. She was considered for two other iconic comic book roles

Besides playing Jane Foster, Natalie Portman was also considered for the roles of Cat woman and Black Widow.

19. She's worked with a Beatle

Natalie appeared in a video for Paul McCartney’s ‘My Valentine’ with fellow actor Johnny Depp.

20. Natalie Portman is her stage name

Natalie took her grandmother's maiden name Portman for her stage name. Her given name is Natalie Hersh lag.

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