Natalie Portman was scared by the make-up in ‘Thor: The Dark World’.
The Oscar-winning actress found the villainous Dark Elves’ prosthetics terrifying on the sci-fi thriller set, and was especially impressed by their leader Malekith, played by British actor Christopher Eccleston.
She told France’s Fun radio station: ”They were pretty scary! Luckily you get to see the actors before their transformation. They have to be in make-up for so long.
”Christopher Eccleston would come to set at three in the morning and wouldn’t be ready to shoot until 10am. That’s like the next level of acting!”
Natalie, 32, was excited to reprise her role as astrophysicist Jane Foster in the film and is thankful for how supportive the franchise’s fans have been.
She quipped: ”You don’t really think about it when you’re making it. The cool thing is that the fans are so excited about it and come with such passion and enthusiasm.”
The ‘Black Swan’ star’s mother provided director Alan Taylor with an envelope full of childhood pictures of the actress for her role as Jane, but Natalie made sure to get ready of any bad snaps first.
Natalie said: ”I’ve hidden all of the embarrassing ones. My mom has an envelope of pictures which is the same for every movie. It’s pretty funny to see all these different characters with the same pictures of a child!”
STEM being Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Marvel have launched a campaign looking to offer a mentoring program for girls aged fourteen and over, spearheaded by Natalie Portman – with the goal being to fill the country with a whole army of Jane Fosters. The program has kicked off with a competition which you can find here.
Portman is a noted advocate for gender equality, and the campaign looks to help mentor young talents and push them one step further towards entering the world of STEM research. Candidates are required to be in grades 9-12 at school, and be US citizens – and the winning videos will be included into a documentary short which will air before the premiere of the upcoming Thor movie.
Entrants are asked to upload a five minute video of themselves, explaining who they are and why they’re hoping to move into a career in a STEM-related field. And once a winner is picked, they’ll be sent off to meet some of the pioneers in their respective fields, as well as whisked away to the premiere of Thor 2 in November.
So, yes, this is probably the coolest thing you’ll see all week. I also approve of their use of “whom” rather than “who” in the competition guidelines. Classy stuff, this! If you’re eligible, go enter!
Natalie Portman thinks feminism is about more than women being “kick-ass.” She wishes we would just let our on-screen — and off-screen — men and women simply be human.
She spoke with actor Tom Hiddleston on the subject in an interview for Elle UK’s November issue:
I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad — human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a “feminist” story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.
We are 100 percent with Portman on this one. Of course there should be more nuanced and complex women being portrayed in film and on television. And Portman’s thoughts seem to echo Sophia McDougall’s argument against the label “strong female character” in the New Statesman. “No one ever asks if a male character is ‘strong.’ Nor if he’s ‘feisty,’ or ‘kick-ass’ come to that,” she writes.
No one asks those questions of male characters because there are so many more interesting things to be. “We need get away from the idea that sexism in fiction can be tackled by reliance on depiction of a single personality type, that you just need to write one female character per story right and you’ve done enough,” McDougall argues.
We’re pretty sure that Natalie Portman would agree.
“There are definitely many strong women,” said Portman to SciFiNow, when asked about the current Marvel universe, “but it will be exciting when there is a central female character, which I think is coming.”
“I have heard [it] is coming,” she continues, “and, of course, a central non-white character will also be exciting. Title characters.”
That said, she is also quick to praise Marvel on the current roles made available to female actors.
“They do definitely have strong female characters in them, and I think it’s a testament to the people who run Marvel, their respect, their just normal human respect for women, the way they want to characterize them; you can tell when men talk to you, as just a person or as a ‘woman’”.
Actress Natalie Portman has confessed that she secretly panics about tripping while walking on the red carpet in front of everyone. It’s tricky, she believes. “It’s a very serious game. I remember my first red carpet, I felt like I was wearing a costume, it was hilarious. Nowadays, I’m used to it. You just need to look happy even if you’re wearing uncomfortable shoes or a dress you regret having chosen,” France’s Madame Figaro magazine quoted Portman as saying.
“My top tip? Looking confident and calm. My biggest fear? Tripping up. When I was pregnant, it was an obsession, I kept repeating to myself, ‘Don’t fall, don’t fall’,” she added. The 32-year-old has also become the new face of Rouge Dior lipstick and says advertising a red lipstick was an obvious choice for her. Asked what the colour means to her, she said: “Passion, of course. Confidence, strength, seduction, femininity. It’s the colour of brunettes. When I put red lipstick on, it’s because I want to be admired… by my husband.”