Natalie Portman Says She Could Share "100 Stories" of Sexual Harassment

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She expressed her discomfort with the situation, which she said the producer respected.

Natalie Portman (R) in Jerusalem's Nahlaot neighborhood directing a scene from 'A Tale of Love and Darkness, ' February 11, 2014. She told her story, and she also said some thoughtful things about this shift in the industry in general.

Natalie, 36, went on to detail a discomfiting experience in which she agreed to travel on a private plane with a producer and his team.

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As more stories of sexual assault and harassment continue to pour out of Hollywood post-Harvey Weinstein, more actors are continuing to come forward to share their own stories of assault and harassment. "And then, on reflection, I was like, OK, definitely never been assaulted, definitely not, but I've had discrimination or harassment on nearly everything I've ever worked on in some way", Portman explained. "To the point where one of the male actors I was working with stood up for me in that meeting, because he said, 'You know, you're completely not listening to her and you're completely listening to me and we're saying nearly the same thing'". Portman accepted the offer with the impression that other members of the company would be on board, but when she arrived, she found that she and the producer were the only passengers on a the plane, which also had one bed. But that was super not OK, you know?

She said that as she has spent a lot of time in the industry, the actress would often turn down work that sometimes would have objectified her. "Because [for] my first roles, the reaction people would [give] in reviews [was to] call me a Lolita and things like that, and I got so scared by it". Making matters worse, she noted that it's common for movie sets to have very few women, "apart from hair, makeup, and wardrobe - the very stereotypical departments for women to be in". After which she shared her own story of the same issue. The more she reexamined them, she said, the more she realized that some of the experiences she dismissed were things that Hollywood needed to reckon with.

And while she praised her previous male directors Jackie's Pablo Larraín, Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky and Closer's Mike Nichols for treating her as an equal, she's had a director shout at her for being "exhausting" when she's tried to share an opinion. "We love you. It's just a joke.' And I'm like, 'I get it, I love you, too.' And we've hung out", Natalie added.


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