THOR: THE DARK WORLD
NATALIE PORTMAN (Jane Foster) received her second Academy Award nomination
and first Best Actress win for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed
film, "Black Swan." For her role, Portman also received a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award,
Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics Choice Award.
On screen, Portman has starred in over 25 films. She made her debut in Luc Besson's
1994 film, "The Professional," and went to star in "Heat," "Beautiful Girls," "Everyone
Says I Love You," "Mars Attacks!," "Anywhere But Here" (Golden Globe nomination), 43
"Where the Heart Is," "Cold Mountain," "Garden State," "Closer" (Academy Award
nomination and Golden Globe Award), "Free Zone," "V for Vendetta," "Paris je t'aime,"
"Goya's Ghosts," "My Blueberry Nights," "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," "The
Other Boleyn Girl," "New York, I Love You," "The Other Woman," "Brothers," "No
Strings Attached," "Your Highness," "Thor" and "Hesher." Additionally, she starred in
George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace," "Star Wars: Episode II
Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith." The prequels to
the wildly popular "Star Wars" trilogy of the '70s and '80s rank among the top-grossing
films ever produced worldwide. Portman will next be seen in Terrence Malick's next two
films and in "Jane Got a Gun," a film she also produced.
On stage, Portman starred in Mike Nichol's Shakespeare in the Park production of "The
Seagull" opposite Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Philip Seymour Hoffman; as well as in
James Lapine's Broadway production of "The Diary of Anne Frank."
Behind the lens, Portman has taken turns writing, directing and producing. Her credits
include "Eve," which she wrote and directed, telling the story of a young woman who
ends up on her grandmother's date. The film debuted at the 2008 Venice Film Festival
and stars Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara and Olivia Thirlby. She also wrote and directed a
short film for "New York, I Love You" about a day in the life of a father and daughter in
Central Park. The film showcases 12 filmmakers who each directed a vignette illustrating
the universal theme of love within the five boroughs of New York City.
Portman is currently developing film projects through her production company,
handsomecharlie films. The company is focused on finding intelligent, accessible films
across varied genres, as well as female-driven comedies. Upcoming projects include the
New York Times bestselling novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" with Panorama as
well as the documentary "Eating Animals," based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Portman became the first Ambassador of Hope for FINCA, an international village
banking microfinance program providing small loans and savings programs to the
world's poorest families so they may create their own jobs, raise household incomes,
and improve their standard of living, thereby reducing poverty worldwide. As the
Ambassador of Hope, Portman has proved to be a globally aware and dedicated
individual who supports the work of FINCA through her advocacy and visits to FINCA
International programs in countries such as Guatemala, Ecuador and Uganda. She has
also met with high-level United States Members of Congress to lobby for support of
international microfinance funding.
As an Ambassador of Free The Children, Portman lends her time to the organization that
empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and
global citizens. The charity works on international projects, including the Adopt a Village
model, which brings over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provides clean
water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing
children and their families from the cycle of poverty.
A Harvard graduate with a degree in psychology, Portman has also studied at Hebrew
University in Jerusalem.
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