Natalie Portman “takes more time off from acting,” while doing 5 films in a row

These are some shots from Natalie Portman’s latest Dior fragrance campaign. They were released last week, I think, but I just never got around to using them in a post. Some of the shots are really spectacular, right? I love the photo of Natalie in the pink dress, and this woman does closeups really, really well. Even if some of the closeups are kind of bitch-faced. For the record, I think Natalie just has a “natural bitchface” – she just looks kind of pissed off naturally.

Anyway, Natalie’s life has changed dramatically over the past few years. She fell in love with a ballet dancer, she got pregnant, she won an Oscar, she gave birth, she got married, and the whole time, Natalie seems to have been conscious of her career. She just filmed Knight of Cups with Christian Bale, and she’s currently filming the Thor sequel. Plus she has three films in preproduction, according to IMDB. But according to sources close to Natalie, she’s desperate to scale back her career? Hm?

Raising 15-month-old son Aleph is a full-time job for newlyweds Natalie Portman, 31, and Benjamin Millepied, 35.

“Natalie is being superchoosy about her projects and taking more time off from acting,” says a source.

The break from work definitely suits Portman. “She has this glow about her these days,” says the source. “There’s been a change in her since the little man arrived. She and Benjamin are so content.”

The happy family-of-three were photographed enjoying a relaxing beach vacation in Turks and Caicos last week. The trip may have been a delayed honeymoon for the couple, who tied the knot Aug. 4.

[From Us Weekly]

If she wants to take time off, then she should take time off. I often wonder if actors feel like they don’t have anything to “prove” anymore after they win an Oscar. But Natalie is so young, and she’s considered one of the great actresses of her generation, so of course she’s going to get sent lots of lots of scripts, and of course many of them will be kind of crappy. I think her being “super-choosy” is more about the sheer volume of scripts she receives, as opposed to her being such an earth mother, but who knows? All I know is that actresses filming five films back-to-back probably shouldn’t pay lip service to “taking time off”.

By the way, Natalie was on vacation last week – she and Benjamin finally went on their honeymoon! They went to Turks and Caicos. And they brought little Aleph with them. So, less like a honeymoon and more like a really nice family vacation.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. She’s just SO PRETTY! I can’t help commenting that on every single post about her.

    She’s a great actress too, but I can understan if she wants to take some time off to be with her family.

  2. Emmav1 says:

    Natalie looks incredible with makeup, but without it, her exotic/interesting features look out of balance.

    Also, she did like 5 movies in a year when she did Black Swan, Thor, no strings attached, etc….and then said she was taking a long break…but once again she’s back lol.

    I don’t blame her. It’s too difficult in hollywood for women to take long breaks and still remain on top. It works for men (like Will Smith, etc.) but not woman. Julia Roberts and Demi Moore both quickly lost their box office pull when they took their breaks.

    Only Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie have been able to take breaks and still maintain their star status in pre-hiatus years.

  3. heatheradair says:

    Okay, what I love about these (and MOST shots of her in general): barring the naked round of Dior ads, she does tend to keep herself tastefully covered up. How awesome does she look in that sweatshirt? She’s got the good skin genes, for sure — and just looks GREAT with very little “fussy” stuff done to her……

    GREAT skin.

  4. Eleonor says:

    The shoot is really beautiful.
    To me as an actress she is meh, what really pisses me off about her is the fact she poses for Dior, gets tons of money, and calls herself an animalists.

  5. Shitler says:

    Now SHE should have gotten that Lo’real contract

  6. marie says:

    she looks really beautiful in these shots, honestly she looks beautiful in most.. while a lot of people dislike her, I’m a huge fan of her acting (don’t pay much attention to her otherwise)

  7. Fudge you, I'm going to Guam! says:

    I agree with people who say she has great skin, but also with the comment about her looking better with make up and some ‘shop.
    But really, who doesn’t? Most people look better with make up, I mean that’s what it was invented for after all.

    I’ve seen her without make up, like really seen her without it where you can see she has no concealer or blush and her skin was a bit uneven (again, who’s skin is perfectly even?) but even so, she doesn’t have any bumps and lumps, it still looks smooth and clear.

    But yes, her features definitely stand out when she is in full make up, especially with concealer underneath her eyes.

    • Eleonor says:

      Agree, a Dior makeupartist, a good photoshoot and photoshop can turn a cute girl into a stunning beaty.

  8. KC says:

    She is lovely. However, some baaad photoshopping especially in the first pink dress photo. Her nose has been photoshopped away and we just have two air holes. Plus either the positioning or photoshop makes her right arm look smaller than the left and her head look huuuuge.

  9. lucy2 says:

    The photos are nice, she is really pretty.

    I wouldn’t count stuff listed as pre-production on imdb as meaning she’s doing 5 films back to back. Sometimes stuff sits in that category for ages, and one of them is still listed as rumored. And I think there was a 3-4 month gap between the last one and the current one.

  10. V4Real says:

    Time off after five films? that’s not time off, that’s an extended vacation. Poor girl will be exhausted.

  11. Jess says:

    Is it me, or is she looking a little botox-y? Her forehead and eyebrows seem very lifted, and something is wonking with her eyes.

  12. nate says:

    i don’t really know how to recognise “great actors” because in every movie with her i see Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman and Natalie Portman.

  13. F5 says:

    Incredibly boring.. Goop #2

  14. nicolle buchelli says:

    so gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Sirsnarksalot says:

    Wasn’t Benjamin living with his girlfriend when these two got together on the set of Black Swan? What goes around comes around and I think she probably wants to keep a close eye on him knowing he’ll eventually stray and so that’s why she’s not taking so many acting jobs. that and her lack of talent lends more to pimping products than acting…just like Goop.

  16. Nessa says:

    She is simply stunning.

  17. Christina says:

    Sometimes in interviews she comes off as kind of a bitch or maybe just a little uptight, Idk exactly what it is. Anyhow, I really do like most of her movies and think she is a great actress though. Then, as for her beauty, there is no denying it. I think she is stunning. She always looks put together even when she is without makeup or fancy clothes. She keeps it simple and classy, which has become rare these days.

  18. bns says:

    Gorgeous, but she rubs me the wrong way.

  19. Jayna says:

    Actually, you feel a lot of pressure after winning an Oscar if you are a young actor, especially. You want to prove you are worthy of it by doing great projects after, and you really have to take advantage of all the offers for bigger roles coming your way to keep the momentum going. It is a business, afterall.

  20. apsutter says:

    God damn, she is a beautiful woman!! I always love her Dior ads. Especially the ones she does for their perfume.

  21. I Choose Me says:

    I think she’s a pretty decent actress and a beautiful woman but there’s something about her that always leaves me cold. These pics are fabulous. Love the one of her in the pink gown and the b&w one.

  22. Kosmos says:

    Yes, agreed that the photo shoot, the makeup artist and the tricks can turn almost any woman into a dynamic beauty. Without all of that, Natalie would look mostly plain Jane. They kick up her look several notches to make her look as appealing as possible, of course. On her own, as I’ve seen her, she is fairly plain and doesn’t have much style sense, seems to throw on just anything, but if she’s a nice person and good to others, then she’ll be one of the actresses I support.

  23. Ann says:

    She’s actually considered one of the lesser actresses of her generation and some think she’s one of the worst.

  24. Brittney says:

    AHHHHHHHH! I literally gasped at these, and that never happens.

    My feelings about Natalie have been on a steady decline since they peaked in the early 00s (when I was figuring out that I liked girls, haha), but I have to give her credit for both her intelligence and her timeless, flawless beauty.

    She and Angie are among a very tiny handful of modern actresses who could have stood their own against the likes of Ava and Marilyn and Audrey. Natural beauties seem so few and far between in Hollywood these days.

    Now I need to go watch The Night of the Iguana…

  25. Barrett says:

    She is so beautiful to me in some angles! Then sometimes they have photos w her pointy ears and She reminds me of SPOCK!!!! Well at least she is real and not perfect.

  26. LeslieM says:

    She is so beautiful in these pictures. I’ve never seen an actress or model look better.