Natalie Portman Reveals the Major Movie Role That Almost Ended Her Career

Natalie Portman

Crazy to think that it's been four years since Natalie Portman starred in Black Swan, the acclaimed movie that won her a much deserved Oscar for "Best Actress" in 2011. But according to a new interview in New York magazine with Natalie, that Oscar almost wasn't possible because of one career choice.


She says it was starring in episodes I, II, and III of the Star Wars franchise as Queen Amidala that almost ruined her career. Even though those new Star Wars movies grossed over $1 billion worldwide, they were met with a lot of mixed reviews -- especially for Natalie's wooden performance. And with such high expectations, those negative reviews basically spelled the end her career. "Everyone thought I was a horrible actress," Natalie says. "I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me."

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Thankfully there was one director who knew Natalie had better performances in her and made sure her career wasn't in the proverbial toilet. The late Mike Nichols directed Natalie in the play The Seagull in 1999 and wrote letters on Natalie's behalf to the directors that would go on and cast her in critically acclaimed movies like Cold Mountain and V Is for Vendetta. Movies that showcased her true talent and eventually led her to the Oscar win!

Hearing this story gives me mixed emotions. On one hand I'm happy to hear the industry didn't give up on one of my favorite actresses. On the other, it makes me sad because after making such an amazing comeback, we haven't seen much of Natalie since that well deserved Oscar win. Granted she did move to Paris with her husband (and her Black Swan choreographer) Benjamin Millepied and has been busy raising their son Aleph. And even with Natalie starring in the Thor movies since then -- it just seems like she's really been missing from the Hollywood scene. Thankfully she has two major movies slated for 2015 -- the western Jane's Got a Gun and the Terrence Malick film Knight of Cups -- so hopefully this time next year, Natalie will be back where she belongs on the awards show circuit!

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