Natalie Portman: Romantic comedy clichés “offend me”


Natalie Portman is still talking. Bless her heart. Little Miss Privacy is campaigning for an Oscar, and we will hear the gushy clichés about her bump and her glow and how she’s “fat” and happy from now until the Oscars. After that, hopefully Natalie and her Ballet K-Fed will simmer down. That’s Natalie’s plan – she tells People Magazine: “I hope I’ll get to lie in bed and eat popcorn and watch TV for the rest of [my pregnancy]. Not always be out in public looking like a whale, but it’s all nice energy that everyone is showing.” Not that Natalie regrets stepping out in her condition and having everyone fawn over her: “I feel happy and I think when you’re happy you’re always glowing.”

Not only is campaigning for that Oscar, she’s also promoting that horrible-looking romantic comedy No Strings Attached, with Ashton Kutcher. But don’t call it a romantic comedy! You see, in the film, Natalie plays a doctor, not a fashion girl. And there’s no makeover. Thus, this romantic comedy is different! Because if romantic comedy characters like clothes and need a makeover, that “offends” Natalie’s delicate sensibilities.

Aside from being engaged and pregnant, Natalie Portman is trying something else new this year, by starring in a romantic comedy. Natalie has taken on the challenge of starring in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached with Ashton Kutcher because it finally fit her type of chick-flick.

“I’ve always wanted to do one,” Natalie tells Entertainment Weekly. “But the girls are always in fashion, and it’s always about their clothes. They always want to get married at the end. There’s some kind of makeover scene. That stuff offends me.”

But No Strings Attached left that “stuff” out.

“[Screenwriter] Liz Meriwether writes women so specifically and smartly,” the Black Swan star says of the film. “My character is a woman who’s working, who’s trying to create her own construct for relationships, who’s funny herself — and isn’t just the girlfriend of a funny guy.”

And Natalie is working on making some romantic comedy-type films of her own through her production company, Handsomecharlie Films.

“Natalie wants to build something that’s different from your usual production company,” Annette Savitch, her producing partner, says. “We want to do movies that are female driven, from a fresher perspective. So if it’s a comedy, it’s not just about women out to find husbands. I think that’s really lacking today.”

They’re currently working on Best Buds, a “stoner roadtrip comedy,” and BYO, a “female Superbad.”

What do you think of Natalie’s romantic comedy opinion? Are you offended by them or is that “stuff” she hates the part you love?

[From OK! Magazine]

No, Natalie has a point, she honestly does. There is a lot of stuff in these interchangeable rom-coms that I find offensive. And yes, Natalie has every right to point out that all women, and all romantic heroines in film, don’t need to ring and don’t have to give a crap about fashion. But is Natalie the right person to get on her high horse about this? You know what offends me? One of the best actresses of her generation, a Harvard-educated beauty, who says crap like, “Thank you to Benjamin, who is helping me continue this creation of creating more life. Benjamin choreographed the film, and also you might remember him in the movie as the guy when they ask, ‘Would you sleep with that girl?’ And he’s like, ‘Pffsh, no.’ He’s the best actor. It’s not true: He totally wants to sleep with me!” So much of that offends me. Of course, I’m also offended that Natalie is shilling her rom-com by pretending she’s selling anything other than her engagement and her bump – looks like that is what ALL girls want, isn’t it, Natalie?

Also, rose-boobs offend me too. Just a personal quirk of mine.



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  1. Marjalane says:

    I have a feeling this little princess is going to give Giselle a run for the title of most annoying new mother after she delivers. She seems to find herself quite brilliant and profound.

  2. lilred says:

    She offends me.
    Happy Birthday to a truly classy Lady Betty White.

  3. Rita says:

    “she’s also promoting that horrible-looking”

    I thought you were going to say, “rose plastered on her chest.”

  4. mln76 says:

    She is so right but she’s lost her street cred and is just being superior.

  5. samihami says:

    God, she is full of herself. I bet she and Goopy would get along great.

  6. poppy says:

    they offend me as well so i won’t be seeing hers either.
    she signed a deal with the devil to have made a film with the kutcher. guess you have to for an oscar.

  7. lolwut says:

    I think she’s quickly becoming totally over-rated. She annoys me for some reason. I saw Black Swan and didnt think it was all that. I thought some of her facial expressions were really annoying through the entire movie.

  8. brin says:

    Her movie with Ashton looks like the biggest cliche of all…that offends me.

  9. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I’m not THAT offend by her and she has a point. The last romantic comedy I liked was “50 first dates” because it was a totally new idea. Everything else has bored me and I have refused to go see a romantic comedy or a comedy in theaters in years. It’s not just that it offends me, worst, it bores me … sometimes Natalie annoys me and others times I kind of like that she’s trying to do something different. That she is working on her own production company but she better delivery with all the talk she’s doing …

  10. Aria says:

    What a twat! She is all: “this is a harvard rom-com. She’s a doctor, you know. She’s funny. No makeover. No fashion porn”. It’s a rom-com for God’s sake! Most of them are stupid and funny to watch and enjoyable. Why she always tries to turn her work (most of them which I think that is mediocre) into a masterpiece! BTW, Her speech was priceless. Girl, you need to take some oratory lessons!

  11. ycnan says:

    I’m not Natalie’s biggest fan. I find she is hit and miss (hated brothers, LOVED black swan).

    But she is spot on with the rom coms.

    Also what is wrong with wanting an award and going after it? Wouldn’t any actor what to win?

  12. Praise St. Angie! says:

    you know what offends me?

    people who defend pedophile rapists that flee the country to avoid sentencing.

  13. Kaiser says:

    *golf clap for Praise St. Angie*

    I had forgotten about that one.

  14. Oi says:

    Usually when you have to go around telling people how different something is, its not. This looks really bad.

    Edit: @PST: yeah, that too. She really should shut up.

  15. Oh pity me says:

    She made a shitty rom-com, is embarrassed since she tries to convince everyone how different she is than the rest of HW so she is finding excuses why her film is better when in truth it’s the same.

  16. gabs says:

    I agree with what she said about rom-coms but in her acceptance speech for GG she contradicts herself. She hates girly cliches and wants women to be independent and strong yet she gave a speech for the minivan and made it about her baby and fiance. It doesnt add up.

  17. Allison says:

    I think her problem is that she’s surrounded by people who aren’t as smart as she is (and she IS smart), and this gives her a sense of superiority.

    I mean, how many people can be attractive (albeit with help from a nose job), talented, rich, AND intelligent?

    Natalie, dear, you have a lot of be proud of. But seriously? You’re a b*tch and if you didn’t look the way you do, people probably wouldn’t be nice to you. Work on that before you shoot off your mouth about how glorious your life is.

    (I have a friend who took a yoga class with her. She really is unfriendly.)

  18. RHONYC says:

    i always secretly wished that she was like her character mathilde in ‘the professional’…ya know, a savvy, street-wise lil’ badass.

    it’s a let down that she’s not really like that in real life…’that’ is offensive. lol :lol:

  19. Happymom says:

    She’s completely full of herself. I don’t disagree with her sentiment-it’s the way she phrases it. She’s a terrible actress and beyond sanctimonious.

  20. GIrlyGIrl says:

    How does she sleep at night after the Ashton K POS she’s in?

  21. Allison says:

    If a woman with an (at least seemingly) PERFECT life gushes- suddenly everyone seems to hate her. But if someone with a (seemingly) bad life gushes- we applaud them. What the f*** is this?? Is there no sisterhood anymore? Why can’t we be happy for our fellow women if they are? Why are some women only happy for a women if they still feel she is safely below them? Catty, catty. :(

    It’s sad because she IS so intelligent and talented and beautiful. And she gave the most excellent performance in the Black Swan. So she SHOULD get an Oscar. But if she campaigns- pregnant and happy – it’s attack of the catty b*tches trying to tear her down and deem her unworthy of good things in her life.

  22. Beth says:

    I keep forgetting not to read the comments on this site. Gosh, people are so mean.

  23. baby says:

    i loved black swan and i think she does deserve the oscar for her performance. that said, her acting (and her style) is really hit or miss. she should stick to what she’s good at…NOT comedy. she is NOT a comedic actress. she is really friggin annoying when she tries to be funny (except that rap on snl…that was actually hilarious). when i first heard abt best buds i was like “sweet, a movie abt me and my friends..awesome” but idk i think shes gonna butcher it. she herself is really really annoying, and pretentious (altho she has a point with the rom-coms). i’m really happy for her that she’s pregnant and engaged, but that speech at the gg was just tooooo much for me.

  24. Laurie says:

    Romantic comedies offend her, but she is fine with publicly supporting Roman Polanski, child molester?? She is messed up!

  25. hey says:

    Allison: come down from your high horse, sister?

    She talks stupid crap and people have a right to call her out on her hypocrisy.
    Miss Privacy Harvard loves to claim she’s above Hollywood schemes yet she is displaying the cliches of other actors who did it prior to her.

  26. Courtney says:

    um being a good actor/actress is supposed to be about the work not the awards that come after it. she only got into harvard because she’s an actress and they needed another one in their midst. Paul Newman went to Yale or at least the drama school to be a directing teacher at his alma mater Kenyon College but he ended up an actor/director and award winning at both not to mention humble and charitable to a fault and of course his second wife Joanne Woodward was accepted to Columbia university for fall 1958 semester but decided not to go because she was pregnant again after a miscarriage & terrified that one wrong step would cause the same tragedy to repeat itself Natalie needs to keep her mouth shut

  27. Happymom says:

    Beth-it’s called “CeleBITCHY”. If you want to stick with celebrity love, just read “People” magazine.

  28. Squirrel says:

    Ironically it is actresses who are smart AND have a sense of humour and don’t mind to act in rom-coms that come off as way more sympathetic altogether (Drew Barrymore in Kiss me or whatever it was called, and Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde spring to mind). I even heard a 13-year old utter that she wanted to be a lawyer too, like Elle Woods… Nothing wrong with being a smart and educated woman wearing pink or having a generous heart or a wink in your eye when facing the world. :-)

  29. Tess says:

    Two indelibly etched and totally unforgettable Natalie Portman momoments:

    1) Her defense of Roman Polanski, who raped and sodomized a child.

    2) Her acceptance speech at the GG’s.

    She’s beautiful but hopelessly marinated in Hollywood idiocy.

  30. Cheyenne says:

    Guess what, Natalie — your poop stinks just like everybody else’s.

  31. Leek says:

    Her general aura is what offends me. And people who cross the street diagonally.

  32. monsley says:

    @22, Alison: Mate, I save my sisterly love for people who don’t defend child rapists. I will not do the splits across the room in joy for the uncompassionate failure of a human being she is. “Congratulations, you have been fertilised! I hope your child never suffers the abuse of someone more powerful and sees droves flock to the support of their attacker.” That is the nicest thing I can say.

  33. Rasputina says:

    You know Portman, if you get more snooty than you already are, your nose will break by itself. And we wouldn’t want that happen to your pretty face, now would we.

  34. December says:

    @ Elin – if you don’t like this site and how people comment, or the posts, then please kindly stop coming to celebitchy.

    and where the hell in this post, or even the comments, has it been said she “stole” her man away from his gf/fiancee? NOWHERE!

    seriously? commenting at a site you don’t like? no one’s forcing you to be here. go read another celeb site then.

  35. devilgirl says:

    Isn’t she in a cliche rom-com at the moment? Seems to me it’s a Love and Other Drugs 2.0.

    I know this has been said long ago, but her GG dress was the ugliest, cheapest, most wrinkled pile of crap worn on the Red Carpet that night and her acceptance speech was offensive to me!

  36. janie says:

    i wonder if that rock is fair trade, given all the blood diamonds.
    right there with you St. Angie. Defending a pedophile is repulsive.

  37. SEF says:

    “My character is a woman who’s working, who’s trying to create her own construct for relationships, who’s funny herself — and isn’t just the girlfriend of a funny guy.”

    So I guess she’s never seen a Reese Witherspoon movie?

  38. MJ says:

    I sure hope that after she creates ‘her own construct for relationships’, she shares that with us peasants.

  39. Nancy says:

    I can’t stand her she is just so annoying and overrated in every way. She’s Harvard educated and yet still seems stupid that speech from the Globes was cringeworthy.

  40. padiddle says:

    she’s obnoxious, her movie with Kutcher will be obnoxious.

    She’s right about rom-coms, but I don’t think her new role will challenge the stereotypes just because she plays a doctor. A real rom com about “No Strings Attached” would end up with the lead female getting hers and moving on, not ending up loving the guy.

    OT: A really good inventive and smart romantic indie comedy is Timer – stars Anya from Buffy and Quinn from Dexter. I really, really enjoyed it and I hate rom coms because they are so formulaic.

  41. KsGirl says:

    I like the rose-boobs dress on her. I have a weakness for that cut, and she looks nice with a little bit of extra fat on her – softer, somehow. And, yes, glowing.

    I’ve never been a fan of Portman’s, but I sort of understand/agree with some of her recent comments on romantic comedies and women in comedies – I hope her production company comes up with something good/unique.

    All of that said, there is no justifying the comments on Polanski. I’m surprised no on has asked her about it, especially during her Oscar campaignin time. I wonder how she would handle it?

  42. Lady D says:

    Courtney…are you related to the Newman’s?

  43. Ann says:

    Half of her appeal prior to about three months ago was how little we heard from her or saw her. Only when she made the occasional film. I am now so incredibly sick of seeing her pretty face and reading her interviews, in which she comes across as sort of in insufferable pain. Why the overexposure?

  44. tapioca says:

    “Is there no sisterhood anymore?”
    IDK, ask her fiance’s ex…

  45. lilred says:

    @ Cheyenne: Yeah, but she is so for up her own ass she can’t smell it.

  46. ElizabethM says:

    This is also the same woman who equated eating meat with rape.

    So between that, her support of Roman Pervlanski and taking up with a man who was already with another woman, I’m guessing she has no desire to be in The Sisterhood.

  47. Zzzzzzzzzz says:

    I never used to mind her before but she’s fast becoming insufferable. Wish she’d win the damn Oscar already so she’d just go away!

  48. l says:

    Did her boyfriend have a baby with the girl he left? I have heard that he did, but I can’t seem to find any “documentation” to back it up.

    Does anyone know????

    It’s pressing matters like this that keep me from getting ANY work done each day. :)

    @ Zzzzzzz Agreed!

  49. Aria says:

    @Zzzzzzzzzz: You don’t have an idea of how much I understand you. She’s a pain in the a*ss!!!!

  50. Chickadees4me says:

    Since she had no problem backing Polanski, wondering now if she’d be OK with him around her child? Maybe motherhood will wake her the hell up.

  51. bluhare says:

    Devilgirl, you stole my thunder. How she can spew that crap about chick flicks, while living one of the ultimate cliches herself, is beyond me.

    I used to like her, but her snooty “I’m SO devoted to my craft unlike those other morons” has got on my last nerve.

  52. merry says:

    Not glowing at all! In fact, she looks very grumpy and sort of bitchy, as Kaiser pointed out previously. Please don’t sell us the “so happy-so glowing”, Natalie! It’s ok to be preggo and bitchy.

  53. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Sleeping with an attached man and then giving yourself a reach-around for it in front of millions is kind of offensive–check out her mother’s face at the aforementioned moment, I think she agrees with me.

  54. Hmmm says:

    A “chick-flick” with Ashton Kutcher? Yeah, every girl’s dream. Dear god, woman, you’re in a rom-com with Ashton Kutcher! Nothing you could say could ever elevate your status! She’s such a dweeb.

  55. Isa says:

    Nat cracks me up. I just can’t take her seriously.
    I’m not sure how well this movie will do at the box office. I mean there’s that movie with JT and Mila that looks the same. Funny how they costarred together and then both did a movie about sex with friends.
    Last year it was The Switch and whatever JLo’s movie was. Now there are two movies out again with pretty much the same plot line.
    Also, talking about sleeping with someone during an acceptance speech is just cringe-worthy.

  56. lrm says:

    Why does everyone dog rom coms?
    I love them! And, I am also really more of an artsy film type.
    But it’s really a sexist double standard-
    no critics skewer yet another action blockbuster; they know action flicks have their place as a genre-entertainment.
    Why can they not appreciate that fairy tale type rom coms have their place, as well?
    B/C women mainly enjoy them?

    Honestly. Of course, there are really shitty rom coms, and really shitty action flicks. But there are some well done ones=of course it’s ‘predictable’, just like most action films and dramas in the US, or indie films these days, for that matter.
    What’s wrong w/predictable when it’s a rom-com? How is it any different than predictable as an action sequence w/bombs and high tech use?
    Rom coms fill a major, or several major, archetypal pattern in the human psyche. No different than any other genre does.

    That said, I didn’t even read the article-i hate natalie portman. she’s annoying and not that great of an actress, nor that beautiful. I used to enjoy her back in her garden state days, when i thought she might be good.
    at least scarjo doesn’t take herself that seriously. natalie is a burgeoning julia roberts. uugh.
    stfu natlie.

  57. Ashley says:

    I’ve loved Natalie for a LONG time.
    But since she voiced her support for Polanski, it’s all been downhill.

    Though she DOES have a point about the rom-com thing. But at the same time, it sounds so inauthentic coming from a star who is promoting her rom-com…no matter how different she claims it to be.

    Now, if she hadn’t done the rom-com, and instead wrote and produced the female-driven ones…then I’d be OK.

    Please, my pet, stop talking.

  58. Bodhi says:

    If she thinks she is a whale no, just wait honey, you’re going to get a LOT bigger!

  59. Sakota says:

    The point of romantic comedies is that they are SUPPOSED to be fun and mindless, not angsty and filled with misery. Such a pity that she got into Harvard while someone who would have actually USED their degree for something other than PR, didn’t get a spot because Natalie Fancy-Panties Portman wanted a reason to feel superior to her fellow actresses.

    That said, I’ve been wanting ot used “Fancy-Panties Portman” for some time now.

  60. JenJen says:

    Uggghh,she is going overboard. If you can watch a movie trailer and know the end of it,isn’t that cliche’? The movie looks lame and the “sexy” thing doesn’t seem to working,for her or him.

  61. Aria says:

    Excuse-me but isn’t she giving us one of her b*itch faces in the 2nd pic?

  62. Camille says:


    Wasn’t her ‘Harvard Education’ only taking acting classes anyway??

    I have gone off Natalie Portman in a big way. I think I will have to avoid reading her interviews from now on as she is becoming the new insufferable GOOP, and I don’t mind her acting but her awful personality is getting in the way of seeing her performances for me.

  63. mystified says:

    @Praise St. Angel, Laurie, tapioca and Elizabeth M Great posts, couldn’t agree more.

    Natalie claims that the character she will be playing in that romcon is “funny”. Personally I laugh at just about everything that Natalie says, but if she can pull off playing a character who actually intends to be funny and is then she deserves an Oscar.

  64. Sandy says:

    She is getting a little Goopy. I gotta say. Sad. She’s so cute. Why do we make these monsters? Nevermind I know the answer to my own stupid question.

  65. CC says:

    You know what offends ME?

    Comparing eating meat to rape.

    EDIT: Oh, ElizabethM, you said that already! Sorry!

  66. Raye says:

    I like her. She is a little dorky, but whatever. And to all you naysayers, you know they forcefully inseminate our cow girlfriends to get the milk and cheese you love so much, right? It’s not pretty. There are a lot of unfortunate and creepy parallels between meat eating, dairy and eggs and the exploitation of women. I agree with her.

  67. Mouse says:

    I know a lot of other people have already said it, but…what a pretentious ass she is. I do not like this person. She frequently says things that I agree with, in a way that completely pisses me off. As a vegetarian who has been raped, I don’t give a goddamn what school she went to, I’d like to slap her in the mouth so hard my hand would bleed. I can’t wait for her to drop the kid and disappear. Go away, “Nat”.

    I want Hailee Steinfeld to win the Oscar. And I can’t wait to see the look on this smug bitch’s face when she’s huge pregnant and loses.

  68. dit says:

    I used to be a huge fan of Natalie Portman. But she has a tendency to come off really self righteous in interviews, yet does the exact things she supposedly hate or would never do.

    Just shut up and make movies is what I’d say.

  69. Crash2GO2 says:

    @Raye: Have you ever witnessed an insemination? I have – in a brood mare. There is nothing particularly alarming about it. In fact the mare quite liked it (if you know what I mean).

  70. Isa says:

    Crash-I’ve seen a cow AIed. The dude stuck his entire arm, up to the shoulder, in her.
    He wore one of the largest gloves I’ve ever seen.
    I’m not sure, do they do the same with mares?

  71. Mouse says:

    #20 HappyMom – Yes! It’s the way she phrases things. And sanctimonious is just the right word for her.

  72. truthzbetta says:

    Her romantic “construct” is get knocked up by a gold digger who immediately begins using you to widen his career. Then you use the pregnancy and marriage to get mag covers, publicity and sympathy.

    Saw it when Britney Spears did it. If the mind of Britney Spears produced your life choice mixed with career move first you should not be so smug.

  73. JoanofArrk says:

    Why does everyone think she is “so smart” just because she has a bachelor of psychology degree and she studied some foreign languages? Big fat deal, she got into Harvard because she is a famous actress, and it’s not like she studied medicine, ugh so annoying, she thinks she is so unique but she’s not,

  74. Embee says:

    Hmmm. Her man really needs facial hair to be handsome.

  75. KateNonymous says:

    I keep thinking, “Someone wants me to see her as the new Jodie Foster. She’s tiny! She’s talented! She’s super-smart!”

    But Jodie Foster has always, always seemed smart, (no, I do not agree with her defense of Mel Gibson) no matter what role she was playing. And Natalie Portman always seems kind of dumb, no matter where she went to college.

  76. Sara says:

    If she had quit after “Closer” I would have loved her forever. Oh well.

  77. Yasmine says:

    Little Miss Harvard Princess actually did a lab with harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, a total racist who basically lobbies and argues for justifying torture of other human beings. THAT OFFENDS ME.
    She’s such an idiot.

  78. jemshoes says:

    @ IRM –

    I kind of enjoy rom coms, too. I watch movies to escape reality (not to be reminded of it), which is why I hardly ever watch art-house films. They’re just too traumatising! I like a good, vapid, predictable rom com the way I like daggy PJ pants. :D

    And I’m also wary of NP and her support of Polanski.

  79. Emily says:

    In case no one’s seen this yet, here’s a CollegeHumor take on Natalie’s Golden Globes acceptance speech… Clearly whoever made this video has the same feelings about her as we all do….

  80. Raye says:

    .@ Crash – yes I have seen it, yes it is awful, and it doesn’t make sense to compare a mare to a dairy cow who is one of hundreds on a factory farm. The value of each is completely different, as is the goal of the pregnancy. You don’t have to like it, but dairy cows are treated very, very badly.