Natalie Portman is a gorgeous goddess who is oozing with talent AND has major brains as well. Learn all about her life below!
Natalie Portman, originally Natalie Hershlag, was born on June 9, 1981.
She was born in Jerusalem to her American mother, Shelly Stevens, and Israeli father, Avner Hershlag.
Her family moved to the U.S. in 1984 and settled down in Syosset, Long Island, New York.
Portman missed the 1999 premiere of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace because she had a high school exam the next day.
Portman is a petite 5’3” tall. Once, a customs official in London asked her if she was traveling with a guardian.
Natalie holds duel citizenship in the United States and Israel. Many of her family members were lost in the Holocaust, including her great-grandparents on her father’s side. They were killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
Natalie speaks English, Hebrew, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
Her first major role was as Mathilda in Leon: The Professional in 1994.
Portman is her paternal grandmother’s maiden name. She chose to take it as her stage name after landing her first acting gig.
Natalie has been taking dance lessons since age 4. This helped her prepare for her role in Black Swan.
Portman has been a vegetarian since she was 8 years old, and a vegan since 2009. However, she did take a brief break when she was pregnant.
Natalie is married to French dancer Benjamin Millepied. They first met on the set of Black Swan and married in 2012.
Together they have a son named Aleph and a daughter named Amalia.
One of Natalie’s favorite meals is tofu and black beans.
At the age of 9, Portman was discovered in a pizza shop by a beauty scout from Revlon cosmetics. She turned down the modeling job to focus on her acting.
Her favorite movie growing up was Dirty Dancing.
Portman was a little nerdy growing up. In fact, she was voted “Most Likely to Appear on Jeopardy” in high school. She has an IQ of 140.
Portman attended Harvard University when her acting career was in full swing. She graduated with honors in 2003 with an A.B. in Psychology.
She also took graduate courses at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has two papers published in scientific journals. She co-wrote one of them in high school.
The actress has won dozens of awards including four Golden Globes and three Academy Awards.
Natalie and her family lived in Paris for years, but now reside in Los Angeles.
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis are great friends in real life. Between her role in Black Swan and No Strings Attached, she’s had steamy stage relations with both Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher.
Portman’s father is a fertility specialist and gynecologist. She says she’d like to follow in his footsteps when she’s older.
Natalie is good friends with Britney Spears. They were once understudies for an off-Broadway play and hosted a New Year’s party together in 2002.
The actress went through a lot while filming Black Swan. She lost 20 pounds and trained up to 16 hours a day. While shooting, she broke a rib and injured her ankle.
Natalie has confessed that she wants to grab Scarlett Johansson’s boobs… Because she thinks they’re really nice.