graduated from harvard with a degree in psychology.
was in an environmental song and dance troupe.
is a vegetarian.
won a golden globe.
was a guest lecturer at cloumbia university.
has her own brand of vegan footwear.
Turned down a role in The Horse Whisperer (1998) to act in "The Diary of Anne Frank" on Broadway.
Can speak two languages, Hebrew and English (her native languages), fluently. Also knows some conversational French, German, and Japanese and Spanish.
Says that math was her favorite subject in school "because there's always an answer."
Originally turned down the role of Ann August in the film Anywhere But Here (1999) because of the love scene between herself and Corbin Allred that required nudity. Susan Sarandon, who had co-star approval, said she couldn't continue the movie without Portman, so the script was re-written without the scene and she accepted the role.
She is an only child.
Was the first choice to play Juliet in Romeo + Juliet (1996) but turned it down because of the scenes and the age difference between her and Leonardo DiCaprio.
She was discovered in a pizza parlor and was originally turned down for the role of Mathilda in Léon (1994) because she was too young.
Turned down the title role in Adrian Lyne's Lolita (1997), due to her feelings about young adult actors/actresses being exposed to sex in films.
Before she was cast in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), she had never seen the original 3 Star Wars movies.
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