UNIT 4 INDEPENDENT PROJECT
Choosing Natalie Portman to write about was a no brainer for me because it isn’t everyday that you find such an accomplished actress with so many movies on her resume that also went to Harvard. Many people would agree that Portman is a fantastic actress with strong morals and beliefs. Natalie was born on June 9th 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel as Natalie Hershlag. Her parents migrated to America when she was 3 and settled in Washington, later Connecticut and finally Long Island. Her first challenge came about around the time of her first onscreen debut when she was 11. Her grandfather was a Polish-Jew socialist and to avoid any judgment because of her affiliation with that group she took her grandmothers last name, Portman. Being a famous young actress trying to blend in with her fellow peers also posed a challenge for her, she told Premier (1995) that she thought school was much harder than real life, and that people are so much more accepting when they are adults. The negativity from her peers only drove her to be a better person and to only pick movie roles that portrayed a positive role model for young girls. Education was always Portman’s main focus, not only throughout her career as an actress but throughout her life also. Whether she was studying acting at Usdan Theatre Art Camp, ballet, tap dancing, and jazz classes or attending regular grade school she always knew school came first. In 1994 Portman told USA Magazine, “I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.” In fact her education was so important to her that she skipped the premier of Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace so that she could stay home and study for her high school final exams. Portman has made it very clear that her parents were her biggest fans and served as her main source of motivation. Being raised in a Jewish household, Portman grew up with very strict rules and defined morals and...
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