Press/Video: Natalie Portman Reveals Why ‘Vox Lux’ Is the Most Political Film She’s Ever Made
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Press/Video: Natalie Portman Reveals Why ‘Vox Lux’ Is the Most Political Film She’s Ever Made

Natalie Portman’s “Vox Lux” dazzled critics at the Venice Film Festival and continues to draw crowds in Canada. At our Variety Studio presented by AT&T at the Toronto Film Festival, the actress joined co-star Jude Law and director Brady Corbet to discuss the darkness behind all the glitter and glam of “Vox Lux.”

After the Venice and TIFF premieres, Portman claimed that this was the most political film she’s ever made. The actress explained this statement to Variety exclusively.

“Brady’s writing was such an accurate portrait of our moment, like nothing I’ve seen,” she said. “Where it’s not any sort of political message, or anything like that, but it has such a, ‘This is the culture and the political situation that we’re living in where everything is for sale.’ And how much attention we pay something, whether it’s a pop star, or a terrorist attack, gives it its importance and gives it its value. How much you can sell it is what makes it important.”

Her character, Celeste, discovers fame at the age of 13, shortly after her school is attacked by a rogue shooter. The atrocity, and the song it inspired her to sing, rockets the young girl to stardom. Portman herself understands the glare of the early Hollywood spotlight, having starred alongside Jean Reno in the 1994 movie “Leon: The Professional.”

“It is a weird thing to have a public persona and a private persona so young,” Portman said. “Because you’re kind of aware of keeping those separate. And there’s a weird splitting of self, ‘This is what other people can know about me, this is what’s valuable for me to have just for myself,’ and that can be strange, but important to keep separate. Which, this character doesn’t really do.”

Source: Variety

Press/Video: ‘Vox Lux’ Actress Natalie Portman Says She Dreamed of Playing a Pop Star
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Press/Video: ‘Vox Lux’ Actress Natalie Portman Says She Dreamed of Playing a Pop Star

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Although Brady Corbet’s much anticipated “Vox Lux” seems to have gotten a lukewarm early reaction from the press at Venice Film Festival on Tuesday, the movie has gained significant traction on the Lido, by judging from how packed the morning screenings and press conference were. Meanwhile, the performance of Natalie Portman, who stars as a dysfunctional pop star who survived a school shooting as a teenager, has been applauded on social media.

The Oscar-winning, Jerusalem-born actress, who has often been outspoken about current social and political issues, said she didn’t perceive “Vox Lux” as having a political message but instead viewed it as a “reflection of the world we live it.” “If anything, it’s a portrait of our society, and the intersection between pop culture and violence and the spectacle that we equate between these two,” said Portman.

Portman said she was “interested in the psychology of what violence does to individuals (as she is) from a place (Israel) where people have encountered it for so long.”

“Unfortunately, in the U.S. we also experience violence regularly with school shootings which are, as Brady said to me before, some kind of civil wars,” said the actress, adding that even “small acts of violence can create widespread psychological torment.”

Meanwhile, the Oscar-winning actress admitted that “playing a pop star was a dream” for her and that she had been a “fan of Sia for a long time.”

Portman then said she watched several documentaries about pop stars to prepare for the role but added, with a laugher, that she was “not inspired by a particular pop star.” Another key aspect of preparing for the part was the dancing which she nailed thanks to her husband, Benjamin Millepied, a high-profile ballet dancer and choreographer with whom she worked on “Black Swan.” “I did the dancing with my husband at home which was nice. It was very fun to work together again,” said Portman.

Corbet explained that while he approached “Vox Lux” as a drama only, he had to face all the lentghy preparations of a music movie. “There was so much preparation that went into the soundrack, choreography and lip sync. It was nearly a year’s work to put the soundtrack out a year before we started shooting,” said the actor-turned-helmer who made his feature debut with “The Childhood of a Leader” in 2015.

Besides Portman and Corbet, the presser for “Vox Lux” was attended by Stacy Martin and Raffay Cassidy. The movie is being represented in international markets by Sierra/Affinity, while Endeavor Content and CAA represent the US rights.

Press/Videos: Natalie Portman Teams with Omaze for Double Date Contest
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Press/Videos: Natalie Portman Teams with Omaze for Double Date Contest

Natalie Portman is offering fans a chance to go on a double date with her and her husband. Donations to enter the contest will benefit WE.

Natalie Portman has teamed up with Omaze to offer fans the chance to go on a double date to the ballet with her and her husband, Benjamin Millepied. Omaze previously worked with Star Wars: Force for Change and fans were able to win a stay at Skywalker Ranch.

This contest is going to benefit WE, which is a family of organizations that help make it easier for people to do good. It’s a great cause and if you want to enter the contest, the requirement is that you donate $10. All donations will be taken through Omaze, which is where you enter for your chance to win.

To announce the contest, Portman tried to guess her answers to old interview questions by filling in the blanks. It’s an entertaining way to promote the fundraiser and I highly suggest watching it.

It’s been a while since Natalie Portman has played a role in the Star Wars franchise, but still makes Star Wars news every now and then. The most recent case was when Mark Hamill tweeted about never meeting his mother, aka Padmé Amidala. It was a great moment for Star Wars fans and this contest can be one, too.

Here’s a quick glimpse at what is promised for the winner of the contest.

  • Sit VIP with Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at an L.A. Dance Project ballet performance
  • Hang out, snap selfies and get to know Natalie and Benjamin over drinks
  • Head backstage for a behind-the-scenes look at the show directed by Benjamin himself
  • Be flown out to Los Angeles and put up in a 4-star hotel

As of right now, there are 45 days left in the contest, so you still have plenty of time to enter. Don’t miss out on your chance to meet Natalie Portman.

Source: Dork Side of the Force