Natalie Portman: Stunning Pics And Amazing Facts

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Natalie Portman was born on June 9th, 1981 and she has graced our screens since she starred as the young protégée of a hitman in the action film Léon: The Professional in 1994. It was when she starred as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in 1999 that she gained worldwide fame. Here are some amazing facts about this stunning and talented lady.

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As the first day of Cold Mountain (2003) filming fell on Halloween, Portman came to set dressed as Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz”, only to realize she was the only one who had dressed up.
Natalie Portman
Natalie had to miss the premiere of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) so she could study for her high school final exams.
Natalie Portman
Was considered for the role of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010) after Emily Blunt dropped out of the project, but Scarlett Johansson was cast instead.
Natalie Portman
She was discovered in a pizza parlor and was originally turned down for the role of Mathilda in Leon (1994) because she was too young.
Natalie Portman
Footage of her and Leonardo DiCaprio as Juliet and Romeo in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) was actually shot before executives had her replaced with Claire Danes due to the age difference between Natalie and Leonardo.
Natalie Portman
When she arrived at a London airport to do reshoots for the third Star Wars prequel, a customs official–going by her size–asked Natalie if she was traveling with a guardian.
Natalie Portman
Turned down the role of Wendy Hood in The Ice Storm (1997) because she felt the material was “too dark”. The role went to Christina Ricci, who has said she often gets the projects Natalie turns down.
Natalie Portman
Before she was cast in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), she had never seen the original Star Wars trilogy. She admitted to James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), in 2004, that, before being cast, she didn’t know the difference between “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”.
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Takes pride in the fact that she is a role model for girls and chooses roles that are positive so that they will have a positive role model to look up to.
Natalie Portman
Has a slight indentation on her head, that was visible during the time she had her head shaved. The indentation was the result of being delivered by vacuum extraction.
Natalie Portman
Paid for all of her own ballet training to prepare for the role of Nina Sayers in Black Swan (2010).
Natalie Portman
Natalie originally turned down the role of Ann August in the film Anywhere But Here (1999) because of the love scene between herself and Corbin Allred that required nudity. Susan Sarandon, who had co-star approval, said she couldn’t continue the movie without Portman, so the script was re-written without the scene and she accepted the role.
Natalie Portman
She hesitantly shot an explicit nude scene for Closer (2004), in the scene where Alice (Portman) strips for Larry (Clive Owen). Ultimately, Portman and director Mike Nichols agreed not to use it, as the scene was effective enough without it.

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