A Harvard-degree holder, Natalie Portman is an intelligent actress.
Born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, she is the only child of a doctor father and an artist mother, who also acts as her agent.
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Is a smart straight-A student, she was born diligent and does concern about getting a good education. I'd rather be smart than a movie star." Early in her life, Nat left her homeland for Washington, DC where she attended the Charles E. After a few more moves, her family finally settled in New York and lived there until she graduated from Long Island High School 1999 with honors, which then allowed her to study at Harvard and graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
"I loved school so much that most of my classmates considered me a dork," she said. Raised in Long Island, Nat was discovered by a Revlon model scout in a pizza parlor at the age of 11 who immediately offered her an opportunity to model.
There were stories in the house of what had happened to them (her grandparents during the Holocaust), and it wasn't that much talked about.
I had to go on a website to read my grandfather's descriptions of what happened to the family.
However, Portman found modeling mundane, and decided to direct her efforts toward acting.
Shortly after, she began working with the Usdan Theatre Arts Camp, where she appeared in a number of local productions.
Decided that she would rather pursue a career in acting, the young girl did ask for a contract which led to her getting an agent first and then auditioned for Luc Besson's 1994 film "Lon" (aka The Professional).
Concerning her young age she was initially turned down for the role of Mathilda, a girl who asks a hit man, Jean Reno's role, to train her as an assassin to avenge her brother's death and falls in love with him in the process, but Besson who saw something in her decided to give her a go.
Earlier this year Millepied announced that he had been accepted as the director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
When the job starts in 2012, the couple will move to Paris and Portman has agreed to become a French Citizen.
Her debut in the flick, indeed, earned her positive notices which later on granted her roles in such films, as "Heat" (1995), "Beautiful Girls" (1996) and "Mars Attacks!