Five-foot-three Natalie Portman, lightly built and high-voiced, has always been a naturally small presence. Even with her acting skills, she comes across as an elf, a trope she played against for humor in sketches like “Natalie’s Rap” on SNL. But for her upcoming role as The Mighty Thor (Jane Foster plus hammer plus powers) in Thor: Love and Thunder, she was asked for the first time in her career to add muscle to her frame, and the physical change affected her mentally as well.
“On Black SwanI was asked to get as small as possible,” Portman said. Variety, reflecting on the role — a ballerina — that won her an Oscar. “[For Thor]I was asked to get like big as possible. It’s an incredible challenge, and also a state of mind as a woman.
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“To have that reaction and be seen as great, you realize, ‘Oh, it must be so different, traveling the world like that,'” she added. “When you’re little — and also, I think, because I started as a kid — a lot of times I feel young or small or, like, a head-banging person. And I present myself like that too, because of that.
For the role, football team co-owner Portman worked with a trainer for ten months, although even the most talented physical trainer could not make the actor bigger, as the script demanded. . Instead, a ramp was built for Natalie Portman to walk on during filming so she could stand eye-to-eye with co-star Chris Hemsworth.
“That was actually one of our running jokes,” she said, after co-star Tessa Thompson alluded to how the word “deck” sounds when pronounced with a New Zealand accent, as director Taika Waititi did. “Chris should…they should all sail through my deck!” »