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Former Child Star Natalie Portman Talks About "Black Swan"

January 24, 2011

It is a strange thing about actors who started their careers as child stars; watching them on a big screen, we still see the child they used to be for years after they attain adulthood.

This is certainly true of Natalie Portman, who was only 13 when she made her stunning film debut in Leon, as the orphaned young neighbour of a hitman who teaches her his trade. She has enjoyed a substantial film career ever since. But both personally and professionally Portman, who turns 30 in June, has recently drawn what amounts to a demarcation line between her past and present.

On Boxing Day her publicist announced that Portman was pregnant and engaged to her boyfriend, the choreographer Benjamin Millepied, whom she met on the set of her latest film, the ballet-themed Black Swan. She likes to live below the radar of showbiz gossip, keeping her private life discreet, so the news came as a surprise.

But in truth Portman – worldly, articulate, politically committed and formidably brainy – was already living the life of an independent woman, having left New York, where her family and most of her friends reside, for Los Angeles, where she has her own film production company. 'LA has been liberating for me in lots of ways,’ she tells me. Read More