Natalie Portman On Paris, Producing and Worshiping The “False Idol” Of Oscar

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Natalie Portman is gorgeous, smart and NOT impressed by the Hollywood Machine.

The actress/producer sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to report back on just that: what’s going on with her in Hollywood (she’s wearing many hats), Israel and where her priorities lie.  Here’s a snippet of her excellence:

On former Dior fashion designer John Galliano and his drunken, anti-Semitic rant: “I don’t see why not to be forgiving to someone who is, I mean, someone who’s trying to change,” she says. “However, I don’t think those comments are ever OK. I don’t forgive the comments, but … we’ve all done things that we regret.”

On living in Paris:  “It’s been really interesting,” she says. “I’ve been to Paris so much in my life that I felt [at first] like it’s very similar, and then when you live in a place, you start realizing how culturally different we are, deeply culturally different.” In what ways? “Oh, in millions of ways. I feel like this country has a lot of religion and a lot of freedom around that; and there, the religion is almost like love. Love and intellectualism is their sort of way.”

On the location of her Oscar:  “I don’t know where it is,” she says. “I think it’s in the safe or something. I don’t know. I haven’t seen it in a while. I mean, Darren actually said to me something when we were in that whole thing that resonated so deeply. I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshipping false idols. And this is literally like gold men. This is lit­er­ally worshipping gold idols — if you worship it. That’s why it’s not displayed on the wall. It’s a false idol.”

On producing her new film, Darkness: “You know, if you’re trying to actually build something that becomes like an entity, you have to think about, you know, something that’s financially sustainable and great and pushing things that aren’t necessarily your own personal passion,” she says. (Her company, Handsomecharlie Films, which she ran with Annette Savitch, produced Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, out in 2016, as well as Jane, out in September; the Portman-produced documentary Eating Animals comes out later this year.)

Read more HERE- and learn more about Natalie’s colorful film career. You know you WANNA.

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