The actor, director and activist returns with two films that show the devastating effects of fame on young stars. She explains how she escaped a similar fate
Natalie Portman has gone through something of a transformation in recent years. Seeking to do her bit to improve the appalling statistics on the lack of female directors in Hollywood, she took on 2015s A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of Amos Ozs novel about Israels difficult early years. Having to watch my own footage in the editing room completely changed me as an actor, she says. I realised I was often doing the same thing every take, like I had picked the right way to do it and was just doing it over and over again. And, I was like: Do something different! So I realised very late in the game how important it was to, like, really try different things.
Following a fantasic performance in 2016s Jackie, she is again in front of the camera but it is difficult not to think she may be trying to make a wider point about Hollywood: to have one film playing at the autumn film festivals that offers a critique of fame and the ghoulish things it does to people is noticeable enough, but to have two is downright pointed. To add another layer of intrigue, both are directed by former child actors turned wunderkind film-makers.
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