‘There’s No Guidebook’: Natalie Portman on Why She Got Super Jacked for Thor 4

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Any performer who signs up to portray a superhero character bears the responsibility to look the part. This is even more important when it comes to sharing the spotlight with Chris Hemsworth, who transforms into a beast to represent the MCU’s famous demigod. Furthermore, nobody expected Natalie Portman to be able to compete with him in terms of physical appearance. However, the Oscar winner did acknowledge that she planned to get pumped for her comeback as Jane Foster. Here are the details on how and why she got super jacked for the movie:

Natalie Portman as Jane Foster.
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster.

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Natalie Portman’s physical transformation for Love and Thunder:

Natalie Portman portraying Jane Foster or The Mighty Thor.
Natalie Portman, portraying The Mighty Thor.

In recent days, the promotional activities for Love and Thunder have stepped up, and one of their centerpieces has been Portman’s muscular development as the new MCU hero. The official trailer for the film depicted Portman as a ripped superhero, as well as showed her character in exhilarating action scenes. In a new interview, Portman said that she has been training for quite some time in advance for her comeback to the MCU. “I trained for a long time before and during, and I was doing the whole protein shakes [thing]. It really helped prepare me for the level of action that we ended up doing”.


After playing Jane Foster in the first Thor film and Thor: The Dark World, Portman revealed her delight in playing a superhero in the forthcoming MCU sequel. “It’s exciting to get to be a superhero. And there’s no guidebook that comes along and tells you how to do it”.

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Portman’s intense workout routine:

Natalie Portman's leaked set photos.
Natalie Portman’s leaked set photos.

Portman has discussed her rigorous fitness regimen for her forthcoming movie, confessing that she struggled with the intense routines imposed on her in the midst of the pandemic. Portman was asked about her gym schedule during a digital interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2020. Fallon said: “I don’t know if people understand the training that goes into these movies. Are you doing these crazy workouts and stuff?”. Unable to keep a straight face, Portman replied: “I’m trying!”. She added, “I’ve had like months of the pandemic, eating baked goods and laying in bed and feeling sorry for myself. I’m, like, super tired after working out. And during. And dreading before”.


Thor: Love and Thunder is set to premiere in theaters on July 8. 

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