Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag) was born on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem.

When Natalie was three years old, her family moved to the United States. Since she was four, the girl went in for dancing classes. She studied at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County and Syosset High School. In 2003, she graduated from Harvard University with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Moreover, she speaks not only English and her native Jewish, but also French, Japanese, German and Arabic.

In 1994, Portman received her first role in “Leon: The Professional”. The same year, the actress also decided to use stage name Natalie Portman. After the release of “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” in 1999, Natalie claimed that she wanted to devote herself to education and wouldn’t play in movies in the following four years, except for the Star Wars. However, she didn’t stop her acting career. Her most successful roles are in “Mars Attacks!” (1996), “Closer” (2005), “V for Vendetta” (2006), “Goya’s Ghosts” (2006), “The Other Boleyn Girl” (2008), “Black Swan” (2010) and “No Strings Attached” (2011).

The actress became one of the actors who won the Academy, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe and SAG Award for a single performance for her role in movie “Black Swan”. She also got Independent Spirit, Teen Choice and Saturn Awards.

In 2008, Natalie Portman tried her hand at film directing. Her first movie “Eve” was presented at the 65th Venice International Film Festival. Natalie is also a vegetarian and fighter for animal rights. She doesn’t wear fur, feathers and leather. In 2007, she presented her own line of vegan footwear.

The actress is married to ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied since 2012. They have a son, Aleph Portman-Millepied.