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Natalie Portman - "Elle" April 2008

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Natalie Portman tops Elle Magazine‘s April 2008 “Intelligent Women Issue”. Here’s what she had to share:

On a party she went to in Hollywood the night before the interview. “They had a psychic, and he told me my whole life will change when I’m 34 and that I should stay away from water.”

On growing up in Jericho, Long Island: “[I was] different from the other kids: I was more ambitious. I knew what I liked and what I wanted, and I worked really hard to get it.”

On a few of her political stances: “A lot of the stuff people say about her, I hear it and my stomach falls because it’s so sexist. You ask people why they don’t like her and it’s because her husband cheated on her! That was obviously not her choice. She’s so much more polished and experienced than anyone else. Last night, a friend, a social worker in L.A. who works with underprivileged kids, was saying how these girls who have never been interested in politics before are so excited that a woman might be president. I mean, look how many women are in government…Hillary’s one of, what, [a handful of] female senators?… I also like Obama. I even like McCain. I disagree with his war stance”which is a really big deal”but I think he’s a very moral person. I met him and Hillary on the same day, actually, when I went to Washington with Finca [a nonprofit that gives loans to businesswomen in developing countries]. Hillary was by far the smartest person I met that day. Just totally focused, and knew more about the issues than anyone else, and was so able to go from one thing to the other.”

Read the full interview here. To view behind-the-scenes video of Natalie‘s cover shoot, check out

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  • vanessahudgensfan

    beauty and brains….
    luv her..

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  • lolotte

    natalie is very beautiful and natural on these pics,You could put the pics of michelle willians in ELLE ?

  • squid

    It’s great to see an honest, smart, respectable (not to mention talented!) young woman in Hollywood who can be a good role model for girls. Go Natalie!

  • rae

    I love her. She’s beautiful and talented, and smart enough to have intelligent, well thought out opinions on relevant issues and is interested in doing what she can. Love her.

  • Jonathan

    wow this photo shoot is very unsophisticated and looks very teen-mag like.

  • remember da truth

    If you think Natalie is boring – a young woman interested in so many different things, takes action, works hard, is so intelligent, is involved in many causes, and is also talented and sweet and polite, then you must be a very dull person who feels she is too much above you to understand. Much like a second grader trying to read Ullysses. Go get on a Britney thread — that’s more your speed.

    Natalie is one of the most admirable people, not just celebs or actresses, in the world today. A true role model.
    And no, she’s not perfect, because there was only one perfect person ever and He was crucified. But she’s very honorable and worthy of our respect.

  • Raven

    Simply Gorgeous and smart! I love Nat! :D

  • oh

    um…….an amazing woman………..just not sure what’s her stance about the recent Israel bombing of civilians……….

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  • LMO

    Gorgeous your disturbed if you cant see it.

  • lol

    I know she’s tiny, but are her legs really that thin {see cover}? Or have they airbrushed them to fit all that bloody text in? :(

  • Anon

    I love Natty. I wish she would be with Jake. They would be totally perfect together. I bet her mother feels the same way.

  • soso

    of course like all jewish she prefers Hillary…I’m still wondering why…

  • Kb

    Ohh i love that hair color it brings out her gorgeous eyes!!!!

  • douglas

    The definition of perfect.

  • angel hair

    poignant. thanks for posting this. it made my day.

  • magnolia

    yeah for Hillary, the most deserving candidate. The bills she has already helped to pass in the senate and when she was first lady have already raised my qaulity of life. So her man slept around and she has also made mistakes, thats another reason I want to vote for her.
    She is a woman who has dealt with adversity and come out stronger even tho the media and many people said she wouldn’t.
    Lets give her a chance and have a president who is commited to making America the powerful respected country it deserves to be.

  • logan

    i’m assuming that’s a fake leather jacket?

  • logan

    yup, it’s fake. should’ve done my homework and looked at the making-of link first. nevermind!

  • Amy

    I’m glad she likes McCain, it makes me able to forgive her for liking Hilary too. JK. She’s really bright. It’s hard to resent her politics even when i don’t agree because she’s so informed.

  • ☆ Paradise ☆

    She is absolutely fabulous, she has something special. She is like a chameleon, looks different in almost every pictures. :) :-) :)

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  • agirlnamedjerry

    I love her. She was so amazing in The Other Boleyn Girl.

  • oh

    that’s it, Natalie makes me realize Obama is the man.

  • Jon

    WOOT! The pic of her sitting down, and the pic of her wearing the hat are beautiful. Especially the hat pic.

  • xxxxx

    she looks gorgeous but she’s so wrong about clinton. ^obama IS the man

  • thursday

    Love her, but I’m still for Obama. And IMO we’ve had enough of Republicans running this country. They are just too self-absorbed.

  • Irishdreams

    She is an amazing the look on the cover I so want this when it comes out..

  • Nope

    Wow. She’s sounds so utterly VAPID in all of her interviews. This is what they call “intelligent”? Well, I suppose compared to Lindsay Lohan and her ilk, I guess she does seem like a MENSA member, but that’s not saying much! She uses “like” every other word and think she so superior to everyone around her. “I was not like the other kids”. BARF.

  • Jon

    Nope- Using words such as “like”, “uh”, and “um” is a verbal tic. Most people have them, regardless of intelligence…….

    Wait, I just realized that you’re talking about her use of the word “like” as it’s meant to be used. Which means…. you would have preferred it if she’d said “love”, “enjoy”, “relish”, “savor”?

    My god, the criticisms aimed at her are as idiotic as the criticisms aimed at Clinton.

    Nice to know someone who expresses her/his distaste by spelling “barf” in caps, feels like she/he has the ground to criticize the intelligence and vocabulary of others.

  • edie

    What the flip! I would be spooked if a psychic told me that lol.

  • angelic fruitcake

    She is beautiful, perfect.

  • sann

    that leatherjacket AGAIN!!..boring…

  • jay

    she is fuckin smashin uh

  • uggsweet

    Most amazing shoes I’ve ever brought in my life.
    Had mine a year, wore them so much and there perfect!