Natalie Portman: People think the film industry is going to corrupt me, but I feel like it's kept me more innocent, in a way. I wasn't really home when my friends were trying pot for the first time. I was always around adults who wouldn't smoke or curse or do anything like that around me. I don't do things that are dangerous to myself. I don't want to hurt myself.
Natalie Portman: (about auditioning for "Romeo + Juliet") They said it looked like Leonardo was molesting me when we kissed. It was really disappointing, but I wouldn't have wanted to be in the movie and have it look wrong. If I was in the film, I would have wanted it to be perfect.
Natalie Portman: My dad's a doctor, and when I was 8, I went to one of his medical conferences where they were demonstrating laser surgery on a chicken. I was so mad that a chicken had to die, I never ate meat again.
Natalie Portman: There's always pressure, from other people and yourself. If you're happy with the looks you're born with, then what are you going to do your whole life?. We keep thinking up new things and finding better ways of doing things because we're not happy with what we're given.
My dad's a doctor, and when I was 8, I went to one of his medical conferences where they were demonstrating laser surgery on a chicken. I was so mad that a chicken had to die, I never ate meat again.
There are movies where we are interested in seeing people's lives without agreeing with what they're doing.
I like acting for now. But after seeing Apollo 13, what I really want to do is to be an astronaut. I'm dying to go to a space camp next summer!
They tell me: 'OK, this is where we're going to push up your cleavage,' and I'm like, 'What cleavage?'
My father has a general rule. He says if I haven't done it in real life I shouldn't do it on-screen.
Where I live, nobody who's fourteen is having sex and doing major drugs. And I think if you see it in the movies, you may be influenced by it. I think it's so important to preserve your innocence.
Star Wars hasn't changed my life at all.
When I was 7 years old, I put on shows for everyone at my grandpa's funeral. I was always the little entertainer.
Ninety per cent of how you learn is watching great people. When you are surrounded by good actors it lifts your performance.
Cute is when your personality shines through your looks. Like, when you see someone's personality in the way they walk and you just feel like hugging them every time you see them.
I wanted to be able to form my own sexual identity. If other people have you in their mind as some sort of sex object, you have two choices: either live up to it and become super-sexual or rebel against it and be super-asexual.
I was really excited to get to shave my head - it's something I'd wanted to do for a while and now I had a good excuse. It was nice to shed that level of vanity.
When a guy tells me I'm cute, it's not something desirable. Cute is more like what you want your pet to be.
Awards are so unnecessary, because I think we get so much out of our work just by doing it. The work is a reward in itself.
I'm a Gemini, so I change my mind every day.
I don't love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.
I get like 400 Holocaust scripts. That's what you get for being the openly Jewish actress!
I don't think I've ever been in love, I'm sure I will be some day. I've had enormous crushes, although I've never been into the Brad Pitt thing.