#WOMANCRUSHEVERYDAY - Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman: award-winning actress, producer, director, Harvard graduate.
Portman is best known for her work as an incredibly successful Hollywood actress. She’s starred in a raft of blockbuster films, such as Star Wars, Black Swan, V for Vendetta, The Other Boleyn Girl and Thor, to name just a few. She has won multiple acting awards, receiving an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in Black Swan alone. However, beyond this, she has also worked as a producer and director with her first feature film as director, A Tale of Love and Darkness, being released in 2015. If this wasn’t enough, outside of the film world she has many more equally impressive achievements. In 2003, she graduated from Harvard University with a degree in psychology and did this whilst starring in a second Star Wars film, as well as opening in New York City’s The Public Theatre production of The Seagull at the same time! She has also co-authored papers that were published in scientific journals and taken graduate courses at a university in her native Jerusalem, as well as being a guest lecturer at Columbia University. She is fluent in a number of languages, including Hebrew, German, Spanish, French and Japanese, and is very vocal about the importance of education and learning. In addition, she has worked with many social and political causes over the years. For example, she has been an ambassador for FINCA International, an organisation that promotes micro-lending to help finance women-owned businesses in developing countries. In 2011, she also became an ambassador for Free the Children, an international charity and educational partner, and led their ‘Power of a Girl’ campaign.
Even from this very brief look at her achievements, it is clear to see that Natalie Portman is an amazing woman. Many people may find her acting successes alone inspiring but I think it is all the other things that make her really woman crush worthy. Her promotion of education, especially for those who may not be as privileged as we are in this country, is incredibly inspiring and important. She has been known to turn down roles and skip premieres in order to further her own studies and has been quoted saying “I don’t care if [college] ruins my career”. It’s refreshing to hear someone who doesn’t necessarily need an education to be successful still place so much value on it and encourage it for others. Her love of learning is also evident in her impressive language skills and she is very dedicated to achieve the things that she has. To me, she perfectly represents something that is often forgotten in society: women are complex and multi-faceted and can be successful in many different areas. She is not just a pretty face or vapid and empty-headed (as actresses can often be perceived), she is intelligent, highly skilled and definitely a positive role-model.
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