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She speaks six languages, has a degree in psychology and is an Oscar winner. oh, Natalie Portmanfor a few days, is Mighty Thor, with the hammer or Mjölnir in hand, in Thor: Love and Thunder. The new Marvel tank in its first performances in Argentina has already been seen by 120,000 spectators.

Natalie Hershlag, who for her artistic career adopted her grandmother’s maiden name, was born in Jerusalem on June 9, 1981. Her father, a doctor, moved to the United States, and there she went, very young, first to Washington DC, then to New York. And in Manhattan she was discovered by an agent in a pizzeria. She was 11 years old.

And, along with his career as an interpreter, he studied and graduated as a psychologist at Harvard, in 2003, when he had already shot eleven films. She said that she speaks six languages ​​(English, Hebrew, French, German, Japanese and Arabic, not yet Spanish) and she has written several essays on the war between Israel and Palestine.

"Chris (Hemsworth) helped me a lot with how to handle the hammer. It was quite, quite heavy," he told Clarín.  Marvel Photos

“Chris (Hemsworth) helped me a lot with how to handle the hammer. It was quite, quite heavy,” he told Clarín. Marvel Photos

Natalie is already doomed to her next film, May December, which will be directed by Todd Haynes and will co-star with Julianne Moore. But first, she is more involved with the promotion of Thor: Love and Thunderwhich is why he agreed to this exclusive interview with Clarionvia Zoom.

-What memories do you have of when you came to Argentina?

-Uhm, I remember I went skiing with some friends and it was so beautiful. I haven’t been there for long though, so I really want to go back. I would really love to visit it again.

Natalie this weekend in Rome, where she traveled for the film's premiere.  Photo EFE

Natalie this weekend in Rome, where she traveled for the film’s premiere. Photo EFE

It was around 2006 that Natalie came to Argentina to visit Gael García Bernal, who was her partner, who was filming here. They had been together for three years, but at that time it was speculated that the Mexican was in a love relationship with Dolores Fonzi.

The truth is that, after separating from Portman, the actor of loves dogs Y Motorcycle Diaries spent six years with the actress the gang, and with whom they had two children, Libertad and Lázaro. They broke up in 2014.

The Mjolnir.  "They had different versions, because when you use it 500 times a day, you need to make it a little more manageable."  AFP Photo

The Mjolnir. “They had different versions, because when you use it 500 times a day, you need to make it a little more manageable.” AFP Photo

-And how heavy was it to carry Thor’s hammer? I ask you in a literal way, but also metaphorically.

-It was quite, quite heavy, actually, the real hammer. But they had different versions for different action sequences, because some things, when you do it 500 times a day, you need to make it a little more manageable.

And, metaphorically, I really understood the importance and meaning of having, you know, the value in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) that whoever picks up the hammer is worthy, one way or another. And so, yes, he was conscious of trying to make Jane worthy of that honor.

"The Perfect Assassin", his film debut, alongside Jean Reno (1994).

“The Perfect Assassin”, his film debut, alongside Jean Reno (1994).

Chris Hemsworth) It helped me a lot in understanding how I had to move the hammer, because in many of the scenes you only work with your imagination, in the air, and then they add it with CGI technology.

-And how was that reunion with Chris?

-It was strange, but wonderful. When we started (referring to the first Thorin 2011), was one of the first MCU movies. Hombre de Hierro It had just been released, we realized that it would be something big, but we had not yet dimensioned how much. The reunion was very special, yes, he has been so successful and gained so much popularity, and he continues to be a genuinely kind, amazing, hard-working person.

With Chris Hemsworth.  They had already shot the first two of Thor.  Why did you return to the Marvel saga?

With Chris Hemsworth. They had already shot the first two of Thor. Why did you return to the Marvel saga?

-Which female heroines did you admire as a child?

-I think I always admired the characters that… First of all, I looked for characters that felt like me demographically. It definitely seemed like I liked Jewish women. I think I identified with that. And also, I think, I identified with characters who fought against injustice. That was something I always became emotionally attached to as a child.

In "The Black Swan", for which she won the Oscar for best leading actress.

In “The Black Swan”, for which she won the Oscar for best leading actress.

He won the Oscar for the black swanplaying a somewhat emotionally unstable dancer, who lands the central role in Swan Lake, by Tchaikovsky, which puts his mental health at risk. Since she had taken ballet classes from age 4 to 13, she decided that all of her ballet scenes would be done by her, without any body doubles. For Darren Aronofsky’s film, she won the quartet to which American actors usually aspire: the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award, or SAG.

It was while shooting this film that he met the dancer Benjamin Millepied. They fell in love, got married and had two children, Amalia and Aleph. Millepied accompanied her to the Oscar ceremony in February 2011, when she was heavily pregnant.

Extremely pregnant, Natalie arrives at the Oscar ceremony in 2011, together with the dancer Benjamin Millepied, father of her two children.

Extremely pregnant, Natalie arrives at the Oscar ceremony in 2011, together with the dancer Benjamin Millepied, father of her two children.

-You did not participate in “Thor Ragnarok”, what convinced you to join a Thor adventure again?

-Okay, Thor: Ragnarök it was so amazing, and the humor, the sensitivity and the visuals were like next level. And I realized that Taika (Waititi, the director) had this incredible ability to combine this, as he does in all of his films. I really like crazy and unusual humor. That’s his own tone, with this very heartfelt emotion. And it’s an amazing way to entertain people.

Natalie told Clarín that she always "identified with characters who fought against injustice."

Natalie told Clarín that she always “identified with characters who fought against injustice.”

It’s amazing to have the chance to come back, even more so when my character has become a superhero, something unexpected. And to see how the MCU expands, so many new characters come in, and it bets on superheroines, I think it’s great that they’re coming into the world right now. There are more women in each movie, which should be normal, but is still unfortunately unusual.

How was the return to Marvel

The truth is that when director Taika Waititi sat down to write the script for Thor: Love and Thunder A reappearance of Jane Foster and even less of Mighty Thor were not in his plans. But, and there is always a but, it crossed his mind to recover the character, who had not been in Thor: Ragnarök (2017), which he had directed, but in Thor’s first two film adventures.

Taika Waititi, with his Oscar for best adapted screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit".  Who gave it to him?  Natalie Portman and Timothée Chalamet.  Reuters photo

Taika Waititi, with his Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit”. Who gave it to him? Natalie Portman and Timothée Chalamet. Reuters photo

What did? He went to Portman’s house and presented the idea to him, after approval, of course, of Kevin Feige, president of Marvel. If you’ve seen the film, you already know how they did it, and how Waititi turned popular astrophysicist Jane Foster into the Goddess of Thunder.

Apart from the movies, Natalie owns a women’s soccer club in Los Angeles. And among the owners of the club, founded on July 21, 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, is Alexis Kerry Ohanian, the husband of tennis player Serena Williams.

on the pitch  Natalie, co-founder of the Angel City women's soccer team, along with her partners Kara Nortman and Julie Uhrman.  Photo EFE

on the pitch Natalie, co-founder of the Angel City women’s soccer team, along with her partners Kara Nortman and Julie Uhrman. Photo EFE

-How do you live your experience with the Angel City Football Club, the women’s football team that you founded?

-It was so amazing to get to be a part of the founding of Angel City, and now it’s a big part of my life to go to soccer games and watch our amazing players come together as a team. And it was really very exciting for me when the Women’s World Cup was broadcast, and I saw how my son, who was about seven years old, admired the female players in the same way that he admired the male players.

And I realized what an incredible cultural change we could achieve if we valued female virtuous athletes the same way we value men, as they deserve. They are incredible. They are already incredibly popular. They are already incredibly successful, but they are not being valued as they deserve. So my partners and I have been trying to create a new model that can hopefully lead to a different kind of ecosystem where female athletes can be valued the way they deserve.

There is no more time left, but surely there will be more Mighty Thor to talk to Natalie again.

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