Natalie Portman Loses Her Oscar! Calls Statue a ‘False’ Idol
Natalie Portman sat down with The Hollywood Reporter’s very own Stephen Galloway. The interview talked about a wide variety of things and discussed anything from Israeli politics, which Portman feels strongly about, to Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Among the many things Hollywood Reporter touched on was the making of Black Swan, which took about 8 years from its initial conceptualization until it became a finished movie. Black Swan, a film about a ballerina who is starting to lose her grip with reality won Portman her first Academy award.
When asked about the said Oscar and its whereabouts, Portman, rather nonchalantly, admits that she doesn’t have the slightest idea where the little gold man is – Not even a clue.
“I don’t know where it is,” Portman said. “I think it’s in a safe or something. I don’t know. I haven’t seen it in a while. I mean, Darren actually said to me something when we were in that whole thing that resonated so deeply. I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshipping false idols.” Natalie Portman continued on to say “and this…” referring to the eight and a half pound gold-plated britannium statue “…is literally like a gold man. This is literally worshipping gold idols – if you worship it. That’s why it’s not displayed on the wall. It’s a false idol.”
Looks like the little gold man will be collecting dust.
This comes as no surprise because in 2005, Portman spoke about being Jewish for the book Stars of David. In the book, which features prominent personalities talking about being Jewish, the Star Wars star expressed that raising her children Jewish was a priority for her, even though she didn’t have children at the time. So in that context, her seeming detachment to the ‘false idol’ is just her way of being true to what she preaches to her children. Which, by all intents and purposes is ace parenting.
But then again, if I had my fingers wrapped around that beautiful gold man I would never let go!