First bits from Tom Hiddleston interviewing Natalie Portman
In a stroke of genius (if we do say so ourselves), her Thor co-star Tom Hiddleston interviewed her for ELLE. A more benign experience than actually working with her, it seems, as he described their fight scene together: 'Natalie has a neat right hook. I know this because the first time we shared screen time, she punched me in the face.'
Natalie on betrayal
'There’s a line [in her movie Closer, starring Jude Law whose character betrayed her] that still affects me to this day, which is when my character says, "It’s always a choice," because Jude is saying, "I couldn’t help myself." That’s what people always say, but it is a choice, all the time.'
Natalie on falling in and out of love on a whim:
'I see it a lot – this romantic view of the world where you fall in and out of love on a whim. It ignores the depth of trying to know another human being and respect them and love them, and puts in its place the excitement of an immediate intimacy. But really knowing some? That is such an opportunity.'
Natalie on motherhood:
'I love being a mum, but it’s much more intensive work than being an actress – going to work feels like you’ve got a day off. Not that I want a day off from being a mum, it’s just perhaps I had this impression before that mums don’t work. But they work more than anyone.'
Natalie on feminism:
'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 empathise with.'
Natalie on Dirty Dancing:
'To this day, it’s the movie that I’ve seen most in my life. "I carried a watermelon"... I can’t talk about it too much, or I’ll start getting teary. There are other movies I love, but no other movie that I have watched over and over.'
Natalie on social media:
'Lives are so documented, because it’s so easy with iPhones. I wonder how it’ll affect a whole generation who grow up that way. It had an effect on me – I became more conscious of how I walked, talked and looked because I was constantly seeing myself.'
Natalie on punching Tom Hiddleston in the face:
'Oh my god: it was so good!'