Today we have a couple more young actresses looking up to Natalie. The first Emma is Roberts, Julia’s niece. I believe we’ve had some quotes from her in the past but I think these are new.
Question: And do you hope that the independent world is something that you’re going to continue to be drawn to, in terms of your acting? Is that what you want to do?
Roberts: Yeah. I love it. I mean, I want to do everything. I really like Natalie Portman, because I feel like she’s done a little bit of everything.
Question: She started, also, very young.
Roberts: Yeah. She started young. And she does the big studio movies, she does the independents, she does comedy, drama. I just really admire her for that. And she’s very educated.
Next up is Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame.
And the 18-year-old hopes to emulate Portman’s academic success – she achieved a degree in psychology at Harvard College while she was working on the Star Wars films.
Watson tells Britain’s Daily Express, “I actually think going to university will make me a better actress. Look at Jodie Foster, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep – they all educated themselves. It’s really important.”
She’s still deciding whether to take up a university place at Oxbridge or an Ivy League college, but she’s adamant it won’t interfere with her acting career. ‘Jodie Foster did it, Natalie Portman did it,’ she says. ‘I think it’s entirely possible to juggle university with filming.’