Natalie Portman, officially known as Natalie Hershlag was born on 9th June 1981 at Jerusalem, Israel. She is an actress with dual citizenship, both Israeli and American. Though she has dual citizenship, her heart is always in Jerusalem, where she feels home. Natalie Portman learned Hebrew along with English and did her schooling from Solomon Schechter Day School in London.
She always had a keen interest over foreign languages and hence learned French, Arabic, German and Japanese. From childhood onwards she was very ambitious about her life and knew what she wanted and tried really hard to focus on that.
Her dream was to become an actor. Natalie Portman came into the film world through the French action thriller Leon, in 1994. In Leon, she played the role of an orphan which came out to be a great hit. Though it was a great opening, her major success came with her casting as Padme Amidala in Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Later on in 1999, Natalie Portman joined Hardward University for studying psychology, carrying along with her profession of acting. She got her bachelor’s degree on 2003. She also had a great interest in social welfare activities. Natalie was very active for animal rights and environmental causes. Natalie Portman also supported anti poverty activities and is an active member of ‘One Voice Movement’.
In 2008 she did her directorial debut ‘Eve’, which was a short movie based on a young women who was dragged into her grandma’s date. Natalie Portman was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Academy Awards in 2005, and also won Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Award by the Motion Picture. 2011 was a year of glory for her. Portman won the Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award and Academy Award for her lead role in Black Swan as Nina Sayers