Natalie Portman

Born: June 9, 1981

Occupation: Actress

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Everyone has to find what is right for them, and it is different for everyone. Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three...

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I think the New York Public Library is so, so amazing. It's literally the coolest place - It's good shelter from the sun and it's the most beautiful building. It's really, really fun.

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Lying is the most fun a woman can have without taking her clothes off.

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But I love you I'm totally and completely in love with you and I don't care if you think it's too late. I'm telling you anyway.

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Smart women love smart men more than smart men love smart women.

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I don't love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.

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Cute is when your personality shines through your looks. Like, when you see someone's personality in the way they walk and you just feel like hugging them every time you see them.

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When a guy tells me I'm cute, it's not something desirable. Cute is more like what you want your pet to be.

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I'm a Gemini, so I change my mind every day.

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I loved school so much that most of my classmates considered me a dork.

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I am not someone who sacrifice all for the cinema, my life will be always more important.

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I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star.

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Going to a party, for me, is as much a learning experience as, you know, sitting in a lecture.

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I always ask myself, would I want someone to do something that wasn't comfortable for them just to please me? And the answer is no.

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I love milk so much! I make a point of drinking a glass of milk every day. So now anyone who did those milk ads with the milk mustaches, they're my heroes.

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I'm not convinced about marriage. Divorce is so easy, and that fact that gay people are not allowed to marry takes much of the meaning out of it. Committing yourself to one person is sacred.

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Breast implants gross me out. I don't think they're attractive at all.

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I'm afraid of everything. But maybe when you're afraid of everything, it sort of seems like you're scared of nothing.

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Awards are so unnecessary because I think we get so much out of our work just by doing it. The work is a reward in itself.

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Committing yourself to one person is sacred.

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There's always pressure, from other people and yourself. If you're happy with the looks you're born with, then what are you going to do your whole life? We keep thinking up new things and finding better...

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The only place I am recognized all the time is in L.A. and otherwise, it's only about once a day. I feel pretty anonymous.

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You know, I get much more Jewish in Israel because I like the way that religion is done there.

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When I was in nursery school, the teachers asked me, y'know, 'What does your dad do for a living?' So I said 'He helps women get pregnant!' They called my mom and they were like, 'What exactly does your...

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Young actors often don't think of the consequences of doing nudity or sex scenes. They want the role so badly that they agree to be exploited, and then end up embarrassing family, friends, and even strangers.

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A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.

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Everyone dreams of living in Paris.

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I don't think I've ever been in love, I'm sure I will be some day. I've had enormous crushes, although I've never been into the Brad Pitt thing.

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I grew up in the classic American-Jewish suburbia, which has a whole different sense of what it means to be Jewish than anywhere else in the world.

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I like acting for now. But after seeing Apollo 13, what I really want to do is to be an astronaut. I'm dying to go to a space camp next summer!

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I speak fluent Hebrew and even dream in Hebrew when we visit there, once or twice a year.

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I think all girls in the world wish they were a Parisian girl - that sort of effortless chic confidence and comfort in their own skin.

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I think school is so much harder than real life. People are so much more accepting when they are adults.

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I usually dress very casual. Whenever I go out with my friends, I'm always like, 'Can't I just wear sweatpants?'

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I was really into dancing, taking six classes a week, and my real dream was to be in a Broadway show.

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It scares me to think that one day I'm not going to be in school anymore.

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Ninety per cent of how you learn is watching great people. When you are surrounded by good actors it lifts your performance.

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'Star Wars' hasn't changed my life at all.

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The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you.

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When I was 7 years old, I put on shows for everyone at my grandpa's funeral. I was always the little entertainer.

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I don't have a normal job, so I really appreciate having friends who are writers and artists. It's fun to have a group of people you can call in the middle of the day to go for a hike.

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I was definitely different from the other kids... I was more ambitious. I knew what I liked and what I wanted, and I worked really hard. I was a very serious kid.

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I've stood up to producers before, and even a director. I saw them being abusive. A lot of people on the set are scared to say stuff when they're not being treated right.

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My dad's a doctor, and when I was 8, I went to one of his medical conferences where they were demonstrating laser surgery on a chicken. I was so mad that a chicken had to die, I never ate meat again.

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I don't know if acting is what I want to do for the rest of my life, it's just what I've, you know, ended up doing when I was little, and I've kinda grown up with it.

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I love being a mum, but it's much more intensive work than being an actress - going to work feels like you've got a day off. Not that I want a day off from being a mum; it's just perhaps I had this impression...

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I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two.

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I was really excited to get to shave my head - it's something I'd wanted to do for a while and now I had a good excuse. It was nice to shed that level of vanity.

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Obviously it's much easier to say that you're going to follow your passions when you're financially secure, but at least we can take solace in the fact that we now have the time to pursue the things that...

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Well, right now, I'm very fascinated with 1920s Berlin. I mean, probably the more interesting thing would be to go to the beginning of civilization or precivilization - like polytheistic times. It would...

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Where I live, nobody who's fourteen is having sex and doing major drugs. And I think if you see it in the movies, you may be influenced by it. I think it's so important to preserve your innocence.

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Microcredit is about giving hope.

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Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.

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Social networking is playing a huge role in creating awareness and mobilizing support for all kinds of common interests. What better way to use this remarkable tool than to change the world?

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We live in a real world. Come back to it.

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One of the most exiting things about being pregnant is that I just am accepting the complete unknown; it's a complete mystery and miracle.

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I love stoner comedies. I smoked weed in college, but I haven't smoked in years.

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The good news is we have the technology and the tools to alleviate poverty on a global scale. All that is standing in our way is education and will.

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Small loans can transform lives, especially the lives of women and children. The poor can become empowered instead of disenfranchised. Homes can be built, jobs can be created, businesses can be launched,...

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My father has a general rule. He says if I haven't done it in real life I shouldn't do it on-screen.

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I am more a teenager than anyone else I know. One minute I feel really adult and the next minute I say, 'Let's play hide-and-seek.'

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I'm always on the phone because I'm usually not with the people I want to be with.

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It's always strange being a kid on the set, because you're treated like an equal when you're working. But then when you break, the other actors go back to their trailers to take naps and drink beer, and...

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I don't want to sound superficial, but when I go see a movie myself, I'd rather look at Tom Cruise than some shmo with a beer belly

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I can sleep a whole day. If no one woke me up, I would sleep for 24 hours. I think it's a combination of my age and my appreciation for sleep. Sleep is so wonderful. Sometimes you can oversleep and feel...

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There's so much else to do in the world. To just be interested in doing films would limit my life.

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I've always tried to separate my looks from all the other aspects of myself. I think girls are taught so much to focus on their looks that they tend to have their personality and intelligence develop slower...

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I really hate being self-conscious—and being conscious of being self-conscious

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I couldn't be anorexic because I like food too much, and I couldn't be bulimic because I hate throwing up too much

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Use Starbucks mints for every occasion—they're the strongest

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I'd rather be smart than a movie star.

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I've wanted to be an astronaut, a doctor, a vet - these are things I've said in interviews. Before that, I wanted to be a mermaid and a fairy

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If you're an actress or a musician, everyone thinks you're hot

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I have nice ears. I have no lobes, which was disappointing for a while, but I've gotten over it and learned to love them. Being lobeless isn't the end of the world

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As I get older, I'm more relaxed and less concerned with what people think of me

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I usually run three or four times a week now. Pretty boring, but it's so worth is. It's done wonders for my mood

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I wonder how people decided that women were supposed to shave their legs and armpits

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Sure. I've never dated a woman of anything like that, But, I mean, I think it's much more the person that you fall in love with – and why would you close yourself off to fifty percent of the people?

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When you get older, you realize it's a lot less about your place in the world but your place in you. It's not how everyone views you, but how you view yourself

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I don't believe in the afterlife. I believe this is it, and I believe it's the best way to live.

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I'm tough on myself in terms of the standards I want to live up to, but that's also part of my pleasure: Knowing you are being your fullest self. Being your fullest self is a lot of work.

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We live in a violent world, but since the success of films like Pulp Fiction, it seems every movie has some violence in it, and it's now being used as a form of comedy: audiences are now being encouraged...

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I also feel I'm a positive role model by not putting my education on hold.

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As I look back on it, I'm glad that I had this false image. I was who everyone else - my parents, my friends, society - wanted me to be. I was a pleaser, someone who wanted to make everyone happy, to not...

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There is a lot lacking on the intellectual side and on the values side when being an actor.

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If you can't laugh at yourself, life is going to seem a whole lot longer than you'd like.

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It really wasn't my thing. It still isn't my thing, the whole science-fiction action thing. I prefer simpler, character-based movies.

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Cute is when your personality shines through your looks.

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People think the film industry is going to corrupt me, but I feel like it's kept me more innocent, in a way. I wasn't really home when my friends were trying pot for the first time. I was always around...

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It's horrible to be a sex object at any age, but at least when you're an adult you can make the decision if you want to degrade yourself.

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I've always tried to stay away from playing Jews. I get like 20 Holocaust scripts a month, but I hate the genre.

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Why are they making rules that say my lover can stay in the United States if they're foreign or share my health care benefits because I'm straight - but if you're gay, you can't have that?

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I don't mean to criticize anyone in any way that I wouldn't criticize myself. I think people should have fun, and have a good time, and enjoy the luck that we have to be lazy and dwell in consumerism....

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Part of my reason for being vegetarian was because it practices respect and love for life all through the day, so three times a day, you make a decision to eat things that have not been killed.

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I studied psychology in school, and the best psychology is in literature. It's so much easier to understand a character than a theory. You can recognize yourself—or other people—in a different way.

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