Natalie Portman Reveals Sexual Harassment in Hollywood
Natalie Portman, one of Hollywood’s most successful and revered leading actresses, isn’t immune to sexual harassment.
In a discussion at Vulture Festival Los Angeles, Portman revealed that she has been harassed hundreds of times throughout her long career in Hollywood. The one situation that stood out to Portman is when a producer invited her onto his private plane. He said that they would be with a group.
“I showed up [and] it was the two of us,” Portman said. “There was one bed on the plane. I said this doesn’t make me feel comfortable and like I was respected.”
While nothing happened, it shook Portman. “I was scared,” she said. “You have an awareness that your body is not safe.”
Portman also talked about the fact that when she steps foot onto a movie set, she is usually the only woman there. Maybe, another woman will be working in the hair and makeup department, but not on the cast or film crew.
“The surprising thing is that it almost feels strategic to keep you away from other women,” she said. “You don’t have the opportunity to share stories.”
In Portman’s new movie, “Annihilation,” she stars alongside Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sonoya Mizuno. She said that having other women there “normalizes being female on a set. You can protect each other.”
Portman touched upon how at times, she didn’t face sexual assault, but discrimination for simply being a woman with opinions. When she’s had a viewpoint about her role, she said, she’s faced pushback. One director told her she was exhausting. “I’m exhausting for having an opinion on my job?”
On a lighter note, Portman talked about being a mother of two, her positive experience working with Susan Sarandon on “Anywhere But Here,” and winning an Oscar for “Black Swan.” She also met her husband,Benjamin Millepied, on the set of the 2010 Darren Aronofsky flick.
Portman said she is a big fan of “Broad City,” which pokes fun at the 2004 movie “Garden State.” Though she wasn’t offended by the references, she said it simply made her feel like a dork. And then, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer apologized to her for it. Portman clarified that it wasn’t a big deal, and Abbi ended up spending New Year’s Eve with Portman in Paris.
“They make fun of ‘Garden State’ all the time,” said Portman. “So now when people say they love ‘Garden State,’ I think [they’re] a dork.”