Biography of Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman (eng. Natalie Portman, real name Natalie (or Neta Lee) Hershlag) – American actress of cinema and theater, is of Israeli origin. She became widely known for her participation in the films Leon, Closer, V for Vendetta, The Other Boleyn Girl, Black Swan, the prequel trilogy to the Star Wars epic, etc. She was awarded Oscar, two Golden Globes, Genesis Prize, etc.
Childhood and familyNatalie Portman was born in Jerusalem on June 9, 1981, in the family of Avner Hershlag, gynecologist and infertility specialist, and his wife, Shelley Stevens, a housewife.
EducationIn school years, the girl was fond of not only theater and dancing, but also of natural sciences. In 1998, while attending secondary school in Syosset, she became a co-author of the scientific work "A Visual Method for Demonstrating Enzymatic Hydrogen Production from Sugar", for which she won a prize in the prestigious science competition for high school students "Intel Science Talent Search".
First roles Along with the interest in science and languages, Natalie showed artistic temperament from childhood. For the first time she entered the dance group at the age of four, and then she was seriously engaged in modern choreography at the studio "American Theater Dance Workshop" on Long Island. There also was a theater studio "Usdan Center", where the girl learned the basics of acting.
It was that time when Natalie adopted a stage name "Portman" from her grandmother's maiden name to separate her artistic career from family and private life.
For this work, the young actress received her first Golden Globe nomination for The Best supporting role. Before studying at Harvard, she also played a major role in the melodrama "Where the Heart Is" (2000).
The heyday of the actress careerIn 1999, after entering the Faculty of Psychology, Natalie Portman announced that she was going to concentrate on her studies and temporarily ceased her actress career, except for shooting in the next "Star Wars". Still she did not stop to shoot, but studying at that time was the main priority for the actress.
Work on a new prequel "Star Wars. Episode II: Attack of the Clones" (2002) the girl was leading during the summer vacation of 2000. Participation in the high-budget, but criticized film almost had a negative impact on the actress reputation of Natalie. So, shortly after filming at Lucas, she played Nina Zarechnaya in the Chekhov's "Seagull" in the New York City's Public Theater in Manhattan, but she was rather repulsed by the serious spectators than attracted to.
In the same period, the actress appeared in several other films in which she was interested in from the creative point of view, but did not anticipate a big box-office success. These are the melodrama "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" (2009, with Lisa Kudrow), the drama "The Brothers" (2009, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire) and "Hesher" (2010, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson).
For this work, Natalie Portman, like her colleague and friend Mila Kunis, had to noticeably lose weight and spend a considerable amount of time on learning the academic dance in order to look convincingly in the image of a ballerina.
Beliefs and social activitiesNatalie Portman is a dedicated protector of animals and vegan. During pregnancy, Portman again began to eat eggs and dairy products.
Later, she made a documentary film "A Tale of Love and Darkness", in which she described the negative aspects of industrial cattle breeding. For this work in 2017, Natalie was awarded "Environmental Media Association" ("Environmental Media Association").
Natalie also does not wear clothes and shoes made with the use of leather, fur, and feathers, and in 2007 she launched her own line of footwear made without the use of animal materials.
Despite the fact that the actress actively deals with her children, she does not cease to star in films. For example, in 2018 the drama "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan," is released starring Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Kathy Bates, and Susan Sarandon along with Portman, as well as the science fiction film "Annihilation", in which she performs the leading role.