Why is Natalie Portman So Awesome?

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There’s no denying that Natalie Portman is a beautiful and incredibly talented woman. If I were the stalker type, I’d definitely make her my prime target.

I adore her – I have ever since I saw Beautiful Girls back in the late 90’s. I also developed a fascination with Michael Rappaport, but um, I was suffering from severe postpartum depression, so I deserve a free pass on that.

She was just a kid, I know, but there was something so special about her. I was awe struck by her ability to become Marty and make that character so believable. There are movies I’ve watched and thought, “ah, whatever” because the characters seemed contrived, but Natalie? Never. Everything she’s done since day one (I did go back and watch the Professional, of course) has been ALL IN.

Since Beautiful girls, I’ve watched practically every film she has done, and I’ve always been blown away by her beauty and talent. After watching Garden State, she officially became one of my favorite actresses. Don’t get me wrong, Zach Braff is wonderful and he did a phenomenal job with this movie – but Natalie Portman stole the show. As usual. I don’t think that movie would have done as well as it did without her role. Everything this girl touches turns to magic! What is it about this girl that captures my attention so? I can’t put my finger on it. My best attempt to describe what I love about Natalie is that she becomes her characters. She makes her characters endearing.

I don’t normally go to the theater very often. Once my husband and I bought a 50 inch plasma television, the whole movie theater experience pretty much lost its impact on us. I am normally a little behind in watching new movies. I saw Black Swan at home…and I couldn’t stop staring at Natalie Portman’s stick figure frame. Yuck.

Hello, pointy shoulder blades much? I realize that she was playing a ballerina, and as we all know, they don’t eat much. Fine. I can accept that. But I was so distracted by her emaciated state that I couldn’t really concentrate on the movie. Every time she appeared in a skimpy leotard, with clavicle and sternum protruding, I fantasized about stuffing a Snickers bar down her throat.

I hate this. I hate seeing actresses starve themselves for roles. I’ve watched So You Think You Can Dance since its first season; I know that you don’t have to be stick-thin to be a professional dancer. I felt sorry for Natalie Portman. And as much as I thought she did a great job as usual, I hated this movie (I hated it so much that I had to include it in this list, ha ha).

And then…No Strings Attached came out. Now, I will go to the movies for certain shows – Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher together? That’s one of them. I didn’t want to wait months for it to come out on on-demand. Ha ha. I had to see it right away. My husband took me to see it on opening night.

I was relieved. She looked healthy, so I was able to focus on the silliness of the movie…which was fantastic, of course. The plot has been done so many times…yet, somehow, between Natalie and Ashton, they brought new life into this standard “sex buddies fall in love” story line. I don’t see Natalie Portman in many comedies, which is strange because she is just as magical in comedies like No Strings Attached and Your Highness as she is in serious dramas like Closer and Places in the Heart.

Are you a Natalie Portman fan? If so, what is your favorite movie?

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