By Matt Thompson
Whether it was shaving her head in "V for Vendetta," dressing down in "Closer" or glossing up in "The Other Boleyn Girl," Natalie Portman has always been dedicated to her work. She’s been nominated for an Academy Award and been acting since the age of 11. She’s the opposite of a type caster, fulfilling innumerable amounts of roles with a glinting passion. The Israeli-American actress sat down with Marie Claire magazine for its January issue, to discuss various bits and pieces: her childhood, her (secret) personal life and her blooming acting career.
She was born in Jerusalem in 1981 and at the age of 3-years-old moved to the United States. Revlon asked her at the age of ten to be a child model, but she turned that down in favor of pursing an acting career. A scarcely known fact about Natalie’s child career is that her first acting role was as an off-Broadway understory, replacing non other than pop superstar Britney Spears. Her first actual movie role was in the film "The Professional," where she spent three months in France. Natalie admitted she didn’t have much of a social life as a kid, “OK, so I didn't really go to high school parties," she said, "and yeah, I didn't touch pot till I was in my 20s. I didn't get flat-out drunk until I went to college. But I think that's a good thing in many ways."
Natalie has also been hush-hush on boyfriends throughout the years. Her first quasi-public relationship with musician Devandara Banhart, ended last year. She considers herself single now, choosing rather to focus on her close knit group of friends. "I Love You Man" star Rashida Jones said of her friendship with the actress, “(Natalie) would fight beasts 10 times her size to protect the people she loves. She is the kind of friend who can sub in and love you through the times when you can't necessarily love yourself."
Natalie elaborated on her upcoming film "Brothers" with Tobey Maguire. She's always been a vegetarian, but recently adapted a vegan appetite. Tobey brought his own vegan chef on set, which brought a smile to the bruette's face. “"I was like, 'Um, could you make two of those?'" she said. "And I'd make a cute face, and they'd roll their eyes and give me another falafel." "Brothers" is out tomorrow.