10 Things You May Not Know Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman's real name is Natalie Hershlag. She adopted the stage name "Portman" as a tribute to her paternal grandmother's maiden name.
Natalie Portman is fluent in multiple languages, including Hebrew, French, and Japanese.
Despite her successful acting career, Natalie Portman is also academically accomplished.
Star Wars Trilogy
Portman portrayed Queen Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Her passion for ballet is evident in the movie "Black Swan," where she performed much of the dancing herself.
She has also been involved with Oceana, a non-profit organization focused on ocean conservation.
In 2015, Portman made her directorial debut with the film "A Tale of Love and Darkness," an adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz's memoir.
Vegetarianism and Veganism
Natalie Portman has been a long-time vegetarian and transitioned to a vegan diet in 2009 after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's book "Eating Animals."
She has supported causes related to women's rights, animal welfare, and anti-poverty efforts.
Double Majors at Harvard
During her time at Harvard University, Portman double majored in psychology and graduated with honors.
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