In a stroke of genius (if we do say so ourselves), her Thor co-star Tom Hiddleston interviewed her for ELLE. A more benign experience than actually working with her, it seems, as he described their fight scene together: 'Natalie has a neat right hook. I know this because the first time we shared screen time, she punched me in the face.'
As a little teaser of what is to come, here are some of the highlights. And a video of the shoot. The issue is on sale on NOW - go get it!
Natalie on falling in and out of love on a whim:
'I see it a lot – this romantic view of the world where you fall in and out of love on a whim. It ignores the depth of trying to know another human being and respect them and love them, and puts in its place the excitement of an immediate intimacy. But really knowing some? That is such an opportunity.'
Natalie on feminism:
'I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad – human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a "feminist" story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathise with.'
Natalie on Dirty Dancing:
'To this day, it’s the movie that I’ve seen most in my life. "I carried a watermelon"... I can’t talk about it too much, or I’ll start getting teary. There are other movies I love, but no other movie that I have watched over and over.'
Natalie on punching Tom Hiddleston in the face:
'Oh my god: it was so good!'
The ELLE November 2013 issue is on sale on now. Get it here
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Natalie Portman on the ELLE cover
Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston in Thor
Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth in Thor