Movie Star For a Generation Of Overprogrammed Children

By February 8, 2011Nat-news

Yup, that’s the title of a new Slate article about Natalie. I’m not sure if fans will appreciate the article – hell, I’m not even sure how I feel about it – but it’s certainly the most interesting and in depth look at Natalie in a long long time. For that, the thought and the research that went into it…kudos.

If many of us feel a closer affinity to Portman than we do to other movie stars, it’s not purely because she seems to drink less deeply of the Hollywood well. She is a public figure whose attempts to be all things while committing her soul to none—to draw millions at the box office, to be a fearless small-film artist, to turn her education toward social good—echoes the conflict in our own ambitious drives, our need to keep every iron burning hot for fear of losing our glow. She’s replaced an older form of movie-star restlessness (the kind that zoomed toward nothing but the spotlight and that made a mess of lives) with a new one.


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  • minior says:

    Interesting article, though almost a little conspiratorial in it’s tone. Like a work of a gifted but inexperienced academic.

  • natpfan1 says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about it either. The title is stupid imho, it sounds negative when you can only say positive things of her image yet the rest has some truth. However the last sentence is ridiculous, there have always been (at least) 2 kind of stars. I’m not taking this article too seriously.

  • Jenski says:

    It lost me at “committing her soul”. Was this person raised in a pod?