Natalie Portman: ‘Star Wars Nearly Ruined My Career!’

By Christine Torralba | 2 years ago
Natalie Portman: ‘Star Wars Nearly Ruined My Career!’

Weeks after the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” prequel has been discussed, many are already excited to the day when the movie will be released. Especially since the movie will be featuring a number of newcomers to the franchise, thrilled fans are looking forward to how their favorite characters will be brought to life by the likes of John Boyega, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. Along with their portrayal in the movie, many are already excited for how their careers will turn out to be.

Many except veteran actress Natalie Portman, that is.


For 33-year-old Portman, the movie had been both a plus and downfall for her career. While it did help skyrocket her career in Hollywood for her portrayal as Padme Amidala in “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” it also did do harm to her career than she would have hoped it to be. As a matter of fact, Portman spoke with New York Magazine and revealed that doing these films actually did more harm to her career than good.

While many will assume that Portman is not showing any gratitude to her role in George Lucas’ trilogy, they will be saddened to learn why the actress seems to think of the movie as such. Portman shared with New York Magazine on how the late director Mike Nichols had helped influence her Hollywood career. Portman noted that when “Star Wars” came out, most people think that she was a horru=ible actress. She also cited the fact that she was part of a highest grossing film of the decade, but no director wanted to work with her.

“Mike wrote a letter to Anthony Minghella and said, ‘Put her in “Cold Mountain,” I vouch for her.’ And then Anthony passed me on to Tom Tykwer, who passed me on to the Wachowskis,” shared Portman.

It turns out that the actress did not have to worry about her career being down in the slumps for too long. With the help of her director, Portman was able to land a role on the movies “Cold Mountain” and even “V for Vendetta.” With her performance on these movies, she was able to reestablish her credibility as a performer. Not to mention, there’s “Closer,” a movie wherein Portman starred as a stripper and was able to break away from her early career as Amidala.

But if there’s any performance that Portman could be most proud of, it would be her amazing work in the dark drama “Black Swan.” True enough, the role earned her an Oscar for Best Actress.

So perhaps it all worked out for her after “Star Wars” after all.

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