Natalie Portman cut herself once when she was a teenager

Natalie Portman gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times last week to promote her work in New York, I Love You. Natalie directed one segment of the series of short films, and Natalie also stars in one segment directed by Mira Nair. In the interview, Natalie talks about her dreams of directing and how she is actively seeking out more adult roles. She also kind of pulls a Megan Fox, and I detest saying that or even comparing the two women. Natalie is talking about how her roles affect her life, and she discusses her supporting part as a troubled, suicidal teenage girl in Heat. Natalie then does the whole “I’m a cutter” thing – although she does specify state that she only cut herself once:

“Just as what you are feeling in your life affects your acting, what you act in definitely affects what you are feeling in your life,” Natalie Portman says with typical thoughtfulness.

“And whether you want it to or not, and even if you don’t know it, it bleeds into your life. I made ‘Heat’ when I was 14 and played a girl who died,” she continues. “A year later, I got into a fight with my mother and cut myself. I had never done it before and I never did it after that, but I think having my wrists bloody in a movie definitely affected my psyche.”

At this point,” says Portman of the parts that appeal to her, “I want to be a woman on-screen because I want to be a woman in my life. I don’t want to be a little girl.”

“Working with Mira in New York, I was so thrilled to watch a female director, and you couldn’t ask for a better model than her,” she says. “For me, directing isn’t a backup plan, because I really love it. At the end of the day, it is your product, which you don’t get when you’re acting. Even good performances are pieced together by good directors. You give plenty of bad takes, and they put it together in the editing room.”

As for when she might take on that particular challenge, “I don’t love saying I’m going to do something before I do it because I feel like that’s a formula for hearing, ‘You never did what you said you were going to,’ ” she says, “but I really love directing.” And while she admits to some fear of stepping behind the camera and out of her comfort zone, “that’s intrinsic to everything you do as a creative person. You’re constantly putting yourself up there to be trashed. If I thought about it too much, I’d just be crippled. I’d rather create.”

[From the Los Angeles Times]

Eh, it sounds like she just did it once to see how it would feel. But it feels like she’s trying to be a bit edgy about it, doesn’t it? Like “oh, I was so hardcore when I was a kid.” Meh. Maybe I’m being overly-analytical. But that attitude bothers me.

Natalie is also facing a backlash because she signed the “Free Polanski” petition in support of Roman Polanski’s release from custody. Natalie is in esteemed custody – everyone from Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Harrison Ford, Jeremy Irons, Salman Rushdie, Kristin Scott Thomas, Steven Soderbergh, Emma Thompson and Diane Von Furstenberg, amongst many, many others (see full list here). Ugh, I think Emma Thompson’s inclusion might be the cruelest cut of all. Why, Emma, why? Anyway, the backlash against the signers seems mainly from the more conservative media outlets, but I think it will probably grow as more stuff starts happening with the case. Interesting note: Natalie’s The Professional director Luc Besson was one of the few prominent French artists who did not sign. He released this statement about Polanski: “I have a lot of affection for him, he is a man that I like very much… but nobody should be above the law…. I don’t know the details of this case, but I think that when you don’t show up for trial, you are taking a risk.”

Natalie is shown with Mila Kunis at the “American Ballet Theatre hosts the 2009 Fall Gala” in NY on 10/7/09. Credit: Flashpoint / She’s also shown in a fuschia dress at the Toronto Film Festival on 9/17/09. Credit:

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  1. Pole says:

    I’m personally very disapointed with her for signing that petion. Didn’t she go on and on about not feeling comfortable with being seen as sexy in Leon because she was a kid? Doesn’t quite add up siding with a man who raped a child, does it.

    Fail Natalie, fail

  2. KT says:

    Yerk. Yeah, I dislike retroactive angst. I remember being in high school and someone said to me, “your family seems so happy and normal” and I was REALLY defensive about it…like “no we’re not, we have deep problems” but in reality, we were/are an awesome family and I was lucky, lucky, lucky.

  3. Tess says:

    The attitude seems to be that we shouldn’t expect laws and societal norms to apply to so-called “artists.”

    But who is the “Big Decider” who passes judgment on who makes it into the “artist” category?

  4. Dobben says:

    Why can’t celebs shut up sometimes? Stop trying so hard, Natalie. We don’t care.

  5. Firestarter says:

    I liked her a lot more before she started talking all of the time.

  6. an says:

    She’s been awfully pretentious for a long time.Finally people are noticing it.

  7. cara says:

    funny, I first noticed her when she was in The Professional. I was so taken by how beautiful she was I remember waiting to see her name in the credits and then taking an interest in her work. HOWEVER, she never seemed quite as beautiful or good as she was in that movie in her work again. (happy to hear about Luc Besson though)

  8. NFLer says:

    Only once–that’s a stretch. Why doesn’t she just be honest; it could help others.

  9. nina says:

    She just shares an experience from many years ago and then links it to her professional experiences and proceeds to talk about her career objectives. This is how your structure your argument – with opening statements, illustrations, development of the idea and conclusion. Would you rather have her ramble semi-illiterately like most other starlets do? Natalie has made both good and bad choices in her film roles, yet she keeps on trying and that makes her a true artist, even though I think that her acting is mediocre. She is very cute, well educated and overall a great role model though. At least she is focusing on her career and not on overpopulating the planet.

  10. snowball says:

    She’s so tiny and pretty and talented.

    And she really ought to keep her mouth shut because as smart as she is – stupid stuff keeps falling out of it. And it makes those three things sort of not so much.

  11. Kevin says:

    I used to like her a lot more than I do now. Someone, not too long ago posted a link to a site that showed celebs before and after cosmetic procedures. She had a schnoz job. Totally unnecessary. Oh and Hey! I cut myself too! Just this morning I was hand washing dishes and I cut myself reaching into the suds. I keep my kitchen knifes freakishly sharp and I forgot that I had put a couple in the water.OOHHH am I trendy now?

  12. MeowMeow says:

    It’s incredibly unfortunate that cutting is mainly associated with teen angst, and is seen as an attention-getting stunt.

    I cut in high school (and didn’t care who knew it, then). Then I stopped but picked it up again as an adult after a particularly hard time in my life. It was the only release I could find. I did it in places, though, that no one could see. It wasn’t for attention — it was for relief. Thankfully, I don’t do it anymore, but it always hurt when people associated it with dramatic emo kids who only want attention and assumed I was the same way.

    Trust me, having to explain to doctors doing simple checkups why I have legs full of scars is not cool.

  13. TwinkleToes says:

    oh, poor ol’ Natalie Herschlag are whatever her name is. I’m with the poster above who’s said she’s always been pretentious and people are starting to finally notice but I’ve always seen through this trick.

    She has a big agenda that colors everything for her. Go look at her Wiki page.

    ” Portman has said that although she “really love[s] the States… my heart’s in Jerusalem. That’s where I feel at home.”

    Well, good for her, then she should go live there. So many people surprised she signed that Polanski petition. Funny. Of course she would. Her political and religious affiliations trump the obvious logic of a 43 year old man sodomizing a 14 year old child as being immoral. Now if Polanski was say, Italian and didn’t have the Auschwitz history that Portman and he share, there is NO WAY she would support him. It’s career suicide.

    Enough with the “she went to Harvard” bit. She studied psychology. It’s not like she went to M.I.T and graduated with a degree in Physics. Geez. Brooke Shields also went to Princeton for some other b.s. degree (not putting down psych majors). Their mothers both put them in sexualized films when they were young and used every trick in the book to get their kids into those schools. Also, having a one on one tutor most of the time, you’d have to be a dolt not to get straight A’s. I know, I had one.

    This one’s an ethnocentric phony who’s soul is aligned with another country, not the US. Just watch, you’ll see. Nobody is buying her scholarly facade after watching her in an interview.

  14. Squirtle says:

    I’m sure it’s already been mentioned but Woody Allen signed the “Free Polanski” petition too?? I think that’s very ironic in an almost funny yet almost makes me want to gag kind of way….

  15. Paulette says:

    Salman Rushdie and Emma Thompson?! Ouch. What are these people thinking?

    I agree with the poster who said Portman was never again as good as she was in The Professional. And good for Besson for not signing that idiotic petition.

  16. Kathie says:

    Lol, it reminds me of a friend who said she was bulimic for a while but didn’t lose any weight so she quit.

  17. Emily says:

    Why, Kaiser, why did you have to say that Jeremy Irons had signed it?? I was quite happy in my blissfull ignorance!

  18. Diwali1 says:

    She is so over rated. I find it amusing how she “thinks” she has all the answers.

  19. d says:

    her head is huge compared to her body. she looks like a child playing dress up to me

  20. Kimberly says:

    for such a smart “girl” she’s pretty stupid. Does she not know you can respect a person’s ability to form art, while still respecting the judicial system when they rape a child.

  21. lani says:

    Wow, I’m usually a big admirer of Natalie Portman. However, I heavily disagree with her in signing the petition to free that rapist, and then comparing people who eat meat to rapist.

    Shame on you Natalie! It just shows that even people who are Harvard educated can be idiots!

  22. wo0 says:

    Okay I really do like her but I don’t ‘like’ her (I know). She is soo smug in interviews i’ve seen that it really puts me off, she just has this “I’m better than you” air about her and overconfidence. And yes, I am totally jealous of her. You know how some people like to assert their power over people by making them uncomfortable? To me, she seems like she would be one of those people.. but that’s totally an assumption.

  23. Chris Liberty says:

    Every one of you people who signed the petition to release Polanski will not benefit from my money ever again. Any of your films I own shall be given away or thrown in the trash. Yes, Natalie Portman, “Little Miss Intelligent” signed the petition. I’m not impressed, Harvard Grad! But when you’re the one who’s comparing eating meat to rape, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by your warped way of so-called thinking. Maybe one day if you ever have a daughter and she’s raped, God-forbid, you’ll sign a petition for the scum who did it to be released too! Oh, by the way, Hollwyood, there are a lot of other child rapists who I’m sure have petitions to be released. Why don’t you sign those, too?!!! BTW, did any of these people even read the transcript the girl gave to the grand jury? I doubt it, especially when Whoopie Goldberg “doesn’t even know if it was rape.” I think when a girl says “No!” “Stop!” “Stay away!” those are pretty good signs it was rape. Of course her age of 13 should have been enough, too! Some have said is was consensual. I’ve never heard of consensual rape before. Maybe if Natalie is ever “consensually raped,” she can tell us what it’s like. Consensual rape. Wow! Talk about an oxymoron. Or if you want to just talk about morons, you can talk about Natalie and her ilkish friends in Hollywood who have absolutely no moral gravity at all. They’re all sucking on the helium of immorality.

  24. dissolve says:

    Chris Liberty, I couldn’t have put it better myself!

    What an overrated, self-righteous fame whore Natalie’s turned into! Go away already.

  25. NatalieSucks says:

    ewwww,,,, just not buying the vampire lipstick. tryhard.

  26. dissolve says:

    Chris Liberty, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    What an overrated, self-righteous famewhore Natalie’s become! Go away already.