Natalie Portman: Art, Soul & Beauty

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She's beautiful. She's smart. She's talented. She's possibly dating Nathan Bogle.

Now Natalie Portman is stunning on the cover of The New York Times' Style Magazine.

Natalie Portman Red Carpet Look

The actress talks to the magazine about why we see little to no Natalie Portman naked or even in roles where she is sexualized, as well as how her heritage comes into play in her career.

Here are some interesting interview excerpts:

New York Times: You have had a kind of precocious child-woman quality in some of your films that has elicited a Lolita-esque response. Was that unnerving for you?

Natalie Portman: Yes. One scene was particularly uncomfortable: when I try to kiss Jean Reno. He was, obviously, much older. And around that time, there was the scene in Interview With the Vampire when Kirsten Dunst, who was around my age, kissed Brad Pitt. There were articles about young girls in adult roles, and my family ran away from anything that was Lolita-esque. And then, of course, they offered me Lolita itself. That was the ultimate no.

New York Times: Did it have anything to do with being Anne Frank on Broadway?

Natalie Portman: For many Jews, especially those who have experienced the Holocaust, Israel represents a place of refuge and acceptance. Perhaps. I was 16 when I played Anne Frank. It was tough: I went to high school full time. I was studying for my A.P. tests and my SATs while performing eight times a week. The audience reaction, night after night, was really moving. As Anne Frank, I really began to understand what Gertrude Stein meant about the power of repetition. Hearing words over and over increases their meaning and their impact.

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