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Natalie Portman on Bulking up for Thor: ‘I Was Requested to Get as Huge as Attainable’

Natalie Portman on Bulking up for Thor: ‘I Was Requested to Get as Huge as Attainable’

5-foot-three Natalie Portman, slight of construct and excessive of voice, has all the time been a naturally petite presence. Even together with her powerhouse performing chops, she comes throughout as elfin, a trope she’s performed towards for humor in skits like “Natalie’s Rap” on SNL. However for her upcoming position as The Mighty Thor (Jane Foster plus hammer plus powers) in Thor: Love and Thunder, she was requested for the primary time in her profession so as to add muscle to her body, and the bodily change affected her mentally as properly.

“On Black Swan, I used to be requested to get as small as potential,” Portman told Variety, reflecting on the position—a ballerina—that netted her an Oscar. “[For Thor], I used to be requested to get as massive as potential. That’s a tremendous problem—and in addition mind-set as a lady.”


“To have this response and be seen as massive, you notice, Oh, this should be so completely different, to stroll by the world like this,” she added. “Once you’re small—and in addition, I believe, as a result of I began as a child—numerous instances I really feel younger or little or, like, a pat-on-the-head sort of particular person. And I current myself that method too, due to that.”

For the position, soccer team part-owner Portman labored with a coach for 10 months, though not even probably the most gifted bodily coach may make the actor taller, which the script known as for. As an alternative, a ramp was constructed for Natalie Portman to stroll on throughout filming in order that she may stand eye-to-eye with costar Chris Hemsworth. 

“It was really one in every of our working jokes,” she stated, after costar Tessa Thompson alluded to the way in which the phrase deck sounds when pronounced with a New Zealand accent, as director Taika Waititi has. “Chris must…they’d all need to navigate my deck!”

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