“Because it’s a huge commitment”: The Star Wars Secret Natalie Portman Doesn’t Want You To Know

Natalie Portman revealed fascinating insights into her Star Wars role that brought her great success

"Because it's a huge commitment": The Star Wars Secret Natalie Portman Doesn't Want You To Know

SUMMARY

  • Even though her Stars Wars role brought her huge success, Natalie Portman revealed that it wasn't a role she actively pursued.
  • It was only after she got the part did she realize how big of a franchise it was
  • Despite the initial ignorance of the fandom, Natalie Portman believed that the movies were amazing
Show More
Advertisement

Natalie Portman is a wonderful actress who found acclaim early on when she starred as Queen Amidala in the original Star Wars trilogy. She was just 14 years old then and became a household name thanks to her magnificent portrayal. Although the young star was already pretty famous back then, it was her role in the trilogy that propelled her to global stardom.

Featured Video
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman

However, when she was offered the role, the Marvel star had no idea about the franchise and didn’t get much hype around it at all. And hence was very apprehensive to sign the contract.

Advertisement

Also Read: “Real superheroes didn’t wear spandex”: 5 Hollywood Legends Who Won’t Agree With Mel Gibson’s Brutal Verdict on Marvel Movies

What Natalie Portman Does Not Want Star Wars Fans To Know

Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala of Star Wars
Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala of Star Wars

Also Read: “You are the problem”: Natalie Portman Was Called Out By MeToo Activist Rose McGowan Who Refused Harvey Weinstein’s Hush Money

Advertisement

Natalie Portman was a fairly new actress when she starred in the Star Wars trilogy back in 1999. The actress had already proven herself in movies like Léon: The Professional and hence was offered to play the role of Queen Amidala at the age of 14. Even though the role brought her immense success and global stardom, the actress later accepted in a Press Interview with ScreenSlam for The Phantom Menace, that it wasn’t a role she actively pursued.

“I definitely didn’t actively pursue this role at all. But I just met with the casting director, like on any other film. … I met George and talked to him, and then I got the part.”

And it was only after she got the part did she realize how big of a franchise it was, for she had no idea about Star Wars, before that.

Advertisement

“I hadn’t seen the films until it was offered to me so I really wasn’t aware of what Star Wars was at all.”

Despite the initial ignorance of the fandom, Natalie Portman believed that the movies were amazing, and had the potential to change cinema and the overall art of storytelling.

Also Read: “Natalie danced her a** off”: Natalie Portman Got Defended By Co-star After Being Accused of Faking Oscar-Winning Performance in Black Swan

Advertisement

Natalie Portman Was Hesitant To Sign Up For Her Most Iconic Role

Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars franchise.
Portman was afraid to sign up for Star Wars

When it comes to franchises and playing characters like Queen Amidala, actors typically have to sign contracts involving multiple movies or for a significant number of years. Since the Marvel star was only a teenager when she was offered the role, Natalie Portman was very hesitant to sign up for the role.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the actress had stated,

Advertisement

“I was very excited about it, at the prospect of doing this film when they first offered it to me. But I sat down for a while and thought about it. It took me a few weeks to decide about doing this film, because it’s a huge commitment to sign on for three films when you’re 14, which really means you’re giving up 10 years of your life and dedicating it to acting, and that’s a hard decision to make when you’re that young.”

Fortunately, after much thought and deliberation, she decided to sign up for one of her most iconic roles, opening up doors of opportunities and collaboration for the young star.

Natalie Portman’s starrer Star Wars trilogy can be streamed on Disney+.

Advertisement
Avatar

Written by Maria Sultan

Maria Sultan is a News Content Writer at FandomWire. Having honed her skills are a Freelance and Professional content writer for more than 5 years (and counting), her expertise spans various genres and content type. A Political Science and History Graduate, her deep interest in the world around shapes her writing, blending her insights across diverse themes.

Outside the realm of writing, Maria can be often found buried in the world of books or pursuing art or engaged in fervent discussions about anything or everything, her passions balanced by binge watching Kdramas, Anime, Movies or Series during leisure hours.