Oprah Winfrey hosted a panel on impact of Time’s Up campaign in Pasadena early this week. Natalie, America Ferrera, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Reese Witherspoon, producer Shonda Rimes, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and attorney Nina Shaw gathered with Winfrey to talk about the efforts to bring change to how women are treated in the entertainment industry and around the world. Here is a preview of the discussion to be broadcast on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” January 14:
Edit: added group photo
Angie Tribeca´s episode in which Natalie makes a guest star appearance is broadcast tonight at 10:30 ET/PT… and Rashida Jones reminds us in her instagram account:
…. so, stay tuned 🙂
It’s always nice to remember old times, when Natalie was really young and spontaneous. We can retrieve a little gem from 1999 on the Oprah Winfrey Network YouTube channel: a TV appearance by Natalie and Susan Sarandon promoting “Anywhere but Here”. It’s really fun to watch it after so many years…
A few weeks ago we learned that Natalie would have a guest star appearance on “Angie Tribeca,” the sitcom starring Rashida Jones. Well, IndieWire has a review on the first chapters and they reveal the role of Natalie in one of them:
Only a few episodes later, Portman is handed a different, if similar, challenge. The outspoken women’s rights activist is given the role of Mrs. Kraft, a NASA scientist who looks and acts like a ’60s housewife. The fact that she’s not given a first name is as intentional as her assumption that Angie works for Detective Tanner (DJ Cole) simply because he’s a man. Her constant smile, perfect makeup, and bursting baby belly all lend Mrs. Kraft an air of domesticity and her period appropriate surroundings further enforce the patriarchal era of NASA’s heyday.
Knowing how she really feels, one can only imagine Portman would be eager to satirize the sexist trappings of our past by emphasizing their modern parallels. But her line delivery is in keeping with Mrs. Kraft’s reality, not the social commentary her character offers to the audience. When Mrs. Kraft refuses to give a freshly baked cookie to Angie, offering her “a Fresca and a diet pill” instead, Portman whispers the line as if Mrs. Kraft would be embarrassed for Angie that she even thought to take a delicious treat meant for the hard-working men around her.
Now, Portman — an Oscar winner and three-time nominee — is obviously a pro, so complimenting her on understanding the basic concepts of acting may seem reductive. But the distinction she makes here isn’t that she’s playing a character rather than herself; it’s that her character isn’t in on the joke, unlike so many other satiric roles that require their performers to play up the meta connections made by the audience. Portman grasps the tone quickly and then runs away with the scene, her soft inflections and glowing expressions creating a beam of light gliding through the scene. Again, there’s so much more to the scene than celebrity worship, and that’s a credit to the writing as much as the performers.
Here we have a few tidbits about Natalie’s projects…
-After a few months without news about the last film of Xavier Dolan, The Hollywood Reporter has announced today the incorporation of Jacob Tremblay (Room) to the casting. The young actor will play Natalie’s son in fiction. Here is a more detailed synopsis of the plot:
Set in the early 2000s, Donovan centers on an adult American TV star (Harington) and his correspondence with (a young actor-to-be Tremblay) living with his mother (Portman) in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed, eliciting the most ill-founded assumptions, and sending Donovan in a vertical downfall. The movie is set in two time periods, with the other being decade later, when the young actor recollects his relationship with his past idol over the course of an interview.
-On the other hand, Natalie will also be one of the guest stars in the third season of sitcom Angie Tribeca, that begins to air on April 10. Presumably the friendship with Rashida Jones, the protagonist of the series, has something to do with her participation. This is a small preview of the season (unfortunately Natalie doesn’t appear in it):
Natalie has attended the Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, where she talked about Jackie, the recently deceased John Hurt, her career, and being pregnant again. We hope to have a video of the full interview soon. Meanwhile, here are some photos, the first from the show and another of the arrival to the TV studios. Zimbio has a few more…
Natalie has participated in the already classic roundtables that The Hollywood Reporter organizes during the awards season. Here we can see a brief video of her participation along other actresses like Annette Bening, Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, Naomie Harris, Amy Adams or Taraji P. Henson.
Click on the image below to see it:
Also a few great photos from the meeting: