Natalie Portman, what’d you do?
The actress is on the cover of this weekend’s issue of the New York Times’ T Magazine, because she’s promoting the film she directed and adapted for screen called A Tale of Love and Darkness. Now, that’s important because that’s the backdrop for this story: the story that author Jonathan Safran Foer, author of novels like Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, might’ve had his marriage broken up by Natalie.
Foer is known in New York literary circles for being married to Nicole Krauss, another popular and well-respected author. The two separated in 2014 and there were rumors of Foer having another woman in his life. We all thought it was Michelle Williams, who dated Foer last year, although I don’t know if they’re still together. But as it turns out, the “other woman” might have been…drumroll…Natalie Portman.
Natalie Portman is on the cover of T Magazine’s new summer entertainment issue promoting her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s best-selling memoir about his childhood in Jerusalem in the last years of the British mandate. The pictures are gorgeous, but we’re equally intrigued the accompanying feature: a new email correspondence between Portman and author Jonathan Safran Foer, penned especially for the Times. The pair have been email pen pals for over a decade, but their “epistolary archive mysteriously disappeared” earlier this year.
As you may recall, it has long been rumored that Foer developed a whopping unrequited crush on Portman after she decided to adapt one of his books. Portman allegedly rebuffed him, but not before Foer told his wife, Nicole Krauss, about it (oops!), leading to the dissolution of the literary power-couple’s marriage back in 2014. While there’s no explicit mention of romance here, these emails are certainly the kinds of intense midnight musings — lengthy, pretentious digressions on Jewish melancholy and the nature of freedom — that one might pen if one wanted to convince a very famous and beautiful actress to leave her husband for you.
In 2014, Portman was with Benjamin Millepied, but she was emailing Foer enough that he wanted to leave his wife?! INSANE.
The T Magazine piece is pretty bad: you can read the full piece here. The “interview” is written as a series of emails back and forth between Portman and Foer, and it’s VERY pretentious. Blugh.
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