8 Milestones in the Evolution of Natalie Portman

Saturday Night Live 2006

Has one SNL Digital Short done more to change the image of an actor? Though filmed in jest during Portman's promotional tour for V for Vendetta, Portman message was clear: She's no longer putting up with your sh*t. "All the kids looking up to me can suck my d*ck." Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember Mark Hamill having a similar message in 1984 -- but, perhaps he should have. As Chris Parnell found out, future interviewers of Portman, don't ask her stupid questions.

Natalie Portman Uncensored Rap
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Black Swan 2010

At this point, what else can be said about Portman's role in Black Swan? In a week, Portman will be introduced as "two-time Academy Award nominee," and in a little over a month she will be an Oscar winner. (Unless something really crazy happens and/or Annette Bening pulls a Tonya Harding.) Also, it should be noted, Ashton Kutcher is in no way associated with Black Swan.

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  • CiscoMan says:

    It is rather amazing how Portman has avoided the stink of the Star Wars prequels, even though she was completely lost in those films.
    Speaking of Star Wars, please devote one of the next in this series to Liam Neeson. I always associated him with Oskar Schindler, but that seems to be the exception to the rule (Darkman, Taken, A-Team, etc.).

  • Sean Penn says:

    "...it was safe to assume that the co-star in every film was Jude Law." I happen to think that Mr Law is one of our finest actors."

  • Scraps says:

    I'm a happily married man, but I get all Dave Letterman when I think about Natalie Portman.

  • Scraps says:

    I watched 'Schindler's List' recently, the first time I had seen it since I saw it in the theater. Still a powerful movie, but way less so knowing Neeson would go on to play Qui Gon Jin, and Feinnes would end up starring along side J-Lo in 'Maid in Manhattan'...

  • Ana says:

    A friend of Natalie said:
    “Ben is a self-promoter who’s loving the spotlight. Her friends are worried she is in over her head.
    I don’t think he ever thought twice about leaving his girlfriend — which isn’t a very good sign of character. He seems like a social climber who was all over Natalie the moment they met.
    They’re calling him the ballet version of K-Fed! Unfortunately, he is the father of her baby, and her pals think she wouldn’t be getting married if she wasn’t pregnant, and that it’s all going too fast.
    They’re nervous that Natalie will wake up one day and wonder what happened.”
    You can’t confront a friend about her relationship. Guess they are gonna have to wait it out!

  • Kristen says:

    Okay, I can't be the only one disturbed by the Léon clip. Right?

  • casting couch says:

    Perhaps because every character in those prequel movies was bland and unmemorable (thanks to the writing), the actors managed to dodge blaster fire.

  • Ben-jammin says:

    How was Attack of the Clones worse than Phantom Menace? I thought it was awesome.

  • Bryan Evans says:

    I really do think that her role in V for Vendetta deserves a spot...

  • Kevin says:

    That's the first time I've heard the uncensored version of her SNL short. Even though you know all the words, hearing them makes it so much better.

  • Mark says:

    It's basically the audio from the Lonely Island track placed over the censored SNL skit.

  • Lesly Suarez says:

    Sorry but this list Suks really bad. V for Vendetta is not even on here!

  • Tiera says:

    What about V for Vendetta? She was pretty incredible in that movie too, there aren't too many women who can pull off a shaved head look.

  • Sarah says:

    Can I add a guilty pleasure which definitely doesn't belong on this list of milestones? Where the Heart Is I hate myself for loving that movie.

  • Xavier says:

    This list may have been improved by the addition of Anywhere But Here, for which Portman was nominated for her first Golden Globe, and especially, V for Vendetta, which is perhaps her most well-known role (at least prior to Black Swan)

  • anon says:

    Wasn't Rosie in Sleepless in Seattle? Lots of people love that movie.