Quotes by: Natalie Portman
I always ask myself, would I want someone to do something that wasn't comfortable for them just to please me? And the answer is no.
I don't love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.
I don't mean to criticize anyone in any way that I wouldn't criticize myself. I think people should have fun, and have a good time, and enjoy the luck that we have to be lazy and dwell in consumerism. But I think that it's a balance. And our job as actors is empathy.
A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.
I always think the most romantic books or films are the ones where the romance doesn't happen, because it makes your heart ache so much watching it.
When I was in nursery school, the teachers asked me, y'know, 'What does your dad do for a living?' So I said 'He helps women get pregnant!' They called my mom and they were like, 'What exactly does your husband do?'
I tend to lean toward strong female stories. I want to make things that don't already exist out there.
My father has a general rule. He says if I haven't done it in real life I shouldn't do it on-screen.
Cute is when a person's personality shines through their looks. Like in the way they walk, every time you see them you just want to run up and hug them.
Obviously it's much easier to say that you're going to follow your passions when you're financially secure, but at least we can take solace in the fact that we now have the time to pursue the things that we really want to pursue because now the option of doing things just for the money isn't necessarily there.
I'm always on the phone because I'm usually not with the people I want to be with.
I don't have a normal job, so I really appreciate having friends who are writers and artists. It's fun to have a group of people you can call in the middle of the day to go for a hike.
The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you.
I've stood up to producers before, and even a director. I saw them being abusive. A lot of people on the set are scared to say stuff when they're not being treated right.
I love milk so much! I make a point of drinking a glass of milk every day. So now anyone who did those milk ads with the milk mustaches, they're my heroes.
They tell me: 'OK, this is where we're going to push up your cleavage,' and I'm like, 'What cleavage?'
I'm afraid of everything. But maybe when you're afraid of everything, it sort of seems like you're scared of nothing.