Natalie Portman secretly visiting sick kids in hospital 3 times a week

When celebrities do charity you often hear about it, especially if it involves some kind of foreign fact-seeking trip. They may seem genuinely changed afterwards, or at least more concerned about life outside their rarefied bubble. As much as people find it predictable, celebrities bring awareness to important causes and it’s not like many of us average people are traveling overseas to dedicate ourselves to charity. I have a couple of friend who were in the Peace Corps and they sacrificed a lot in the spirit of adventure and helping others. It’s not something I think I could ever do and you have to admire that kind of dedication. When celebrities go for a few days or a week somewhere it’s different of course, but they’re still sticking their neck out for a cause.

The rest of us are content to help out in ways that benefit our community and it’s not something we get much credit for other than the satisfaction of helping others. It’s kind of refreshing to hear about a celebrity who has been quietly volunteering with sick kids without any publicity at all. Natalie Portman has been been visiting sick children at an LA hospital three days a week. She did get some press this Spring for a trip she made to Uganda to help publicize a microcredit finance charity she supports, FINCA, but this time we’ve barely heard anything about her volunteerism. It sounds like she’s doing it for the pure joy of helping others:

According to a source [Natalie Portman] volunteers about three times a week at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to cuddle sick kids. “Natalie loves that she’s doing something entirely removed from the entertainment industry,” says the pal. This is just the latest example of her wanting to make major changes in her life, adds the source. [Portman], who recently split from her folk rocker beau Devendra Banhart, has sold her West Village home and intends to relocate to L.A. in search of “a new beginning.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition, October 20, 2008]

Portman, 27, has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and has always struck me as mature compared to her careless peers. Portman is also a practicing vegan and has not eaten meat since the age of 9. That’s really touching that she’s visiting sick children and that no one has heard about it until now. It’s also kind of surprising that she’s moving to LA from NY, as the Star article mentions, but maybe she wants to get away from her ex and the memories in NY. There are a lot of kids in the hospital who are probably grateful that she’s decided to make the life change.

Natalie Portman is shown at the Giambattisa Valli Spring/Summer 2009 fashion show in Paris on 10/2/08. Credit: ANG/ Fame Pictures

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  1. Kaiser says:

    Nice. Sweet girl. And FINCA is a great organization. I believe it’s chairwoman is Queen Rania of Jordan – nice that a nice Jewish girl and a Jordanian/Palestian girl are working together to improve the world, one microloan at a time.

    And visiting sick kids is always a nice thing to do. Er, I mean, ZOMG HIPPOCRAT, blah, blah, etc.

  2. elisha says:

    Oh, barrrrrf. Gimme a break. Who is this “anonymous source”? Her publicist? It can’t be anyone at the hospital, because they risk losing her visits.

  3. Kay says:

    Harvard? Impressive. Wether her publicist did this or not, if she is actually going that many times a week thats awesome.

  4. Antlers says:

    Now it’s not a “secret” is it? But this is very clever, I’m surprised it took a star this long to figure it out. Make it look as if you are caught doing charity, the way other people are caught peeing in the bushes while drunk. “OH NO, they caught me giving a skin graft to a burn victim by having my own fingertips shaved off!” Or: “Not again. Can’t I just start a homeless shelter in my backyard without being made a HERO?”

    Angie, meet your new master — Natalie.

  5. hope says:

    Right. She is not even in LA enough to be visiting hospital 3 times a week.It would’ve been more belivable if it’s in NYC, She lives in NYC.

  6. Anni says:

    miss portman is my girl-crush. 😳 ever since leon.

  7. Samantha says:

    Jeez, why is everyone so freaking bitter? Who gives a shh if she had her publicist broadcast it or if she was genuinely ratted out. (Its not a secret that doctors/nurses/janitors are humans too, and someone could have leaked it.) She is doing something good, can’t we just be happy about that??

  8. JaundiceMachine says:

    I wonder how much time and energy haters donate to charity? Are they pissy because no one waits outside to snap their picture and recognize their work, or . . . ?

    I think it’s nice that someone is parlaying their celebrity to a cause other than $cientology. And even though the “source” of the leak is suspect, the work she is doing is still noble – far more than I have done in a given year.

  9. vdantev says:

    Here’s an engraved invitation for all you unfamous wrecked shells of life who’ve never done charity work EVER and feel the need to criticize someone who does and makes you feel bad to get over yourselves.

  10. xiaoecho says:

    Do they know who she is?

  11. Anna says:

    I agree, it’s a very nice thing of her to do for these children. Being jealous of someone who actually gets her ass out of a chair and does something for others is just heinous. If you’re really that piqued by her charity efforts I suggest you switch off your computer, go take a shower and then do some charity work in your area. You might even get some sunlight and recognition out of it.

    Xiaoecho: I would think the kids would know who she is, yes. After all, she did star in the 3 Star Wars prequels who were blockbusters and had a very young audience for the most part. She also recently did Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, which was also a kids movie.

  12. Codzilla says:

    Anni: Agreed. She was beautiful (still is), and that’s easily one of my favorite movies of all time.

  13. mark says:

    She’s gorgeous, smart and sweet. Now, that’s how a woman should look and act.

  14. natfan says:

    Actually, Natalie’s been living in LA for months now now, plenty of time to be going to children’s. It’s odd that she’s be staying in LA upon breaking up with Devendra, who is LA based, but since she’s also attempting to produce and direct films it makes sense for her to be in LA.

  15. Jeanne says:

    I like Natalie, not only is she such a cutie, naturally beautiful but she also has a beautiful spirit. She puts all those other empty-headed, and frivolous
    young actresses to shame.

  16. I choose me says:

    Any charity is good charity in my opinion.

    😆 To everything Antlers said. She’s a gorgeous girl but that’s an unfortunate outfit she’s wearing.

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    what r u talking about?

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