Natalie and Britney were able to reminisce about this recently.
Portman was invited to a Spears party, an invitation she forwarded to her guy friends as a joke.
"He inseminates and does surgery, and he's a reproductive endocrinologist," his daughter says matter-of-factly.) "The smell of a hospital is like the smell of my dad to me."I involuntarily make a face."You're like, ' Natalie's such a creepy person,'" she declares, both accusing and laughing. "The only sibling I ever wanted," she says, "was an older brother, so he could introduce me to cute boys. "I don't know how my chances are after those names."Do you date non-vegetarians? "It's kind of unusual to find guys who are vegetarian. But, I mean, I guess someone can still be sexy even if they're married.
"They hold the keys to wisdom in their innocence, or are so creepily adult they make us reflect on how creepy adults are."Were you aware of that at the time? (Asked which of her movies she's most proud of, she picks these first two, and only one since — the mother-daughter drama with Susan Sarandon, last summer in New York.) Portman has only ever worked in the summer holidays (except when she played Anne Frank on Broadway, when she would go to school as usual during the day).
She tended to find herself playing small parts in fairly prestigious movies: Michael Mann's prequels allows her to maintain her ambivalence about acting while making sure that she has a healthy career after college if she wants it. ' They seem really fake."Do you think you grew up too fast? The problem with most child actors is that they think they're grown up. And when they get to be older, they're not as grown up as their peers, because they just thought they were."e head for Portman's small apartment, near campus.
There are no signs that this is the home of a successful actress, except perhaps for the Björk backstage pass inelegantly stuck to her computer.
There are pictures tacked on the walls, including a photograph of George W. "I just thought that was a funny picture — when he was pardoning the turkey it was, like, going down on him," she says, giggling.
"My peers here are pretty frickin' accomplished," she says.
"It's just a different kind of accomplishment I've had that they don't necessarily see as above what they've done.
I've known how to make believe that I'm an adult."hen Portman was eight, she gave up meat out of "respect for life." I point out to her that PETA has nominated her in its Internet poll of sexiest vegetarians (she has since won)."No way," she says. Portman didn't want to model, but she used the opportunity to get an acting agent.
Her film debut, in The play had featured another young hopeful: Britney Spears.
hen we first meet, Natalie Portman is feeling under the weather.