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Natalie Portman Has Best Response to Woody Allen Question

Natalie Portman Has Best Response to Woody Allen Question

Natalie Portman had a great response when she was asked a question about director Woody Allen, who she worked with on the 1996 movie Everyone Says I Love You.

The 36-year-old Annihilation actress was asked by a BuzzFeed reporter if she felt “time may be up for Woody Allen” and she redirected the question for her answer.

“I don’t think that’s what the conversation should be about. I think it should be about: Why didn’t Elaine May make a movie every year? Why didn’t Nora Ephron make a movie every year? Where’s the female version of Bill Cosby? Why don’t we see any Asian women in films?” Natalie said.

“There’s so much art that’s being lost by not giving opportunities to women and people of color. Let’s not talk about what man’s career is over. Let’s talk about the vast art trove we’ve lost by not giving women, people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community opportunities — let’s talk about that loss for all of us in art,” she continued. “Let’s talk about that huge hole in our culture. I don’t want talk about ‘Isn’t it sad that this person who’s made 500 movies can’t make movies anymore?’ That’s not for me to decide. And it’s also not what I’m upset about.”

Natalie also said she regrets signing a petition in support of director Roman Polanski back in 2009.

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  • Alina

    Hypocrite!

  • HG

    She’s absolutely right about representation. HOWEVER, I do feel like her answer was more of a spin. I’d rather hear her provide a direct response to working with him. Same goes for Scarlett Johannson and others.

  • Anna

    What a load of crap. It’s hard to take any celebrity seriously when they can’t answer a simple question like that. She’s a hypocrite. Disgusting to see these celebrities prance around questions on Woody Allen. Blake Lively’s response was the absolute WORST. Ladies, we see right through you.

  • Ram

    “why don’t we see any asian women in films?”

    …..her character in Annihilation is asian in the source material, the book. pretty sure instead of an asian actress, they cast her.

    have fun on the press tour, nat.

  • Ram

    ‘more of a spin’ – absolutely right. she took the politician route – sort of answer, but nothing affirmative. like a deflection.

  • Ram

    +1 million

  • sheigh

    Spinning around like that a scratched record, but Miss Portman is not fooling anyone ! Speaking about the lack of female directors, black and asian representations in movies and not this bad behavior’s pig she was working with is just inappropriate! There is a time for this and a time for that and not mix all around for any glorious moment !

  • lolo13

    Media training responde.. next

  • Hattie McDish

    Can’t stand this pretentious woman. Deflecting from the truth clearly protects the guilty. Next we will see her acting in one of Woodys next films.

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  • Philip ‘Yuna’ Wester

    Actually, her character’s looks and ethnicity were not described in the book on which the movie is based on. The author didn’t specify her ethnicity until the sequel. The director made the deliberate choice not to read the sequel book when casting for the movie. Presumably, Portman had not read the sequel either.

  • Shenanigans

    And do u think no one in their sphere read it either? That sounds like a cop-out. U know a character is later described as asian, why r u not casting one then?

    Portman is always looking fornher next glorious moment, and im willing to hand it to her, but not in this case. She couldve answres the question very eloquently and then stirred the conversation to another direction.

    Does she not understand that part of women moving fwd is to bring these men who have been abusing their power and lording of the women to light?

  • moody

    What a load of crap. The film industry is there to make movies, period. Not enforce some dumb quota system to make sure every color of the rainbow is represented.

  • Dieter from Sprockets

    UN Security Council Resolutions 446 and 465, argues that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the occupied territories (the Golan Heights, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip) and that Israeli settlements are a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

  • Kitty

    ” Why didn’t Elaine May make a movie every year? Why didn’t Nora Ephron make a movie every year?”

    Who said that those women can and want make more movies???

  • soyeahsowhat

    you have to read between the lines. she still admires him.

  • moody

    Hollywood is not making movies to fulfill snowflakes’ agenda that every possible form of human must be represented.

  • cafeast

    Well technically this bitch is asian. She was born in israel or smthng.

  • D.j. Lord

    It’s called deflection

  • cutitout

    no one is asking for quotas. People want the truth. People want to see the whole world and the fact is, the industry has overlooked and bypassed minorities over and over again. This is why Black Panther is so huge. For years Hollywood has bypassed projects with primarily black cast as well as films with black leads because of a myth that the world did not want to see black people in lead or black stories.

  • cutitout

    no one is asking for quotas. People want the truth. People want to see the whole world and the fact is, the industry has overlooked and bypassed minorities over and over again. This is why Black Panther is so huge. For years Hollywood has bypassed projects with primarily black cast as well as films with black leads because of a myth that the world did not want to see black people in lead or black stories.

  • Michele V

    She already said she believes Dylan, so I’m not exactly sure what people want from her? To keep repeating herself?

  • Phil the Donahue

    You got Duck Dynasty.

  • Reilly

    Kate Winslet’s was up there to. She was quick enough to call out Harvey but praises Allen every single chance.

  • Reilly

    Kate Winslet’s was up there to. She was quick enough to call out Harvey but praises Allen every single chance.

  • CB

    You can try to deflect all you want Natalie, but the truth is you worked for a child molester and know you’re trying to make people forget and spin it in an entirely different direction. They must think we’re too stupid to fully understand what’s going on or just plain ignorant!

  • CB

    You can try to deflect all you want Natalie, but the truth is you worked for a child molester and know you’re trying to make people forget and spin it in an entirely different direction. They must think we’re too stupid to fully understand what’s going on or just plain ignorant!

  • Maria M.

    Black Panther is huge because it’s Marvel. Audience relates with leading characters and they relate more easily if they have more in common with the character. The predominant majority of people in North America is white. That means the predominant majority of moviegoers is also white. Statistics are also showing that men go to cinema more often than women. There is nothing random nor personal about white males leading most studio films. It’s just business.

  • Matt Kirby

    Soon-Yi was adopted by Mia Farrow and Andre Previn. Andre was S-Y
    “father figure.” WA never married Mia Farrow and NEVER LIVED with her in
    the 12 years they were in a relationship.
    WA had very little contact
    with S-Y until she was an adult. As a child growing up, she didn’t like
    WA and Mia had to encourage WA to spend time with S-Y. WA & S-Y
    began a relationship when she was 19-21 years of age (her DOB is unknown
    since she didn’t have a birth certificate when she was adopted) so she
    was an adult & of legal age. Mia Farrow admits she had a
    relationship with Frank Sinatra ALL THE TIME she was with WA. In fact,
    she has hinted that her son, Ronan, is Sinatra’s son, not Woody’s son.
    WA, though, paid all the expenses for Ronan, when he was growing up.

    WA
    married S-Y in 1997 when she was 24-26 years of age and as she was
    completing a Masters degree at Columbia University. They have been
    married for more than 20 years and have two adopted daughters,Bechet and
    Manzie. Both girls were adopted when they were very young. Note that
    the adoption agency had no problem with WA & S-Y marriage in spite
    of the age difference and an unfounded sexual molestation allegation.

    As
    to the sexual abuse allegation by Dylan, Mia Farrow’s daughter, in
    1992. Two investigations concluded: there was “no credible evidence” of
    abuse and “Dylan was not molested.” WA passed a lie detector test which
    Mia refused. Moses, Dylan’s brother, stated Mia coached Dylan and
    convinced her she was molested by WA. In addition, the prosecutor’s lack
    of evidence prevented him from charging WA with a crime. The judge also
    stated there was no conclusive evidence of abuse.

  • Matt Kirby

    The title of this article is inaccurate & silly. Natalie Portman completely ducked the question. She received some flak for her “I believe Dylan comment.” I expect she also realizes Woody Allen is getting more and more support as the evidence points to him being an innocent man who was wrongly accused.

  • CathodeGlow

    “Why didn’t Elaine May make a movie every year?”

    Because, unlike Woody Allen, she had very little talent, vision or sophistication?

  • Philip ‘Yuna’ Wester

    What sphere? You think everyone’s read the novels? And that they go around announcing what they’re working on beofre the projects have even been publicly announced, despite various gag orders worked into contracts?