Natalie Portman Says She Feels ‘Nervous’ as a Jew in Paris
With the rise of antisemitism in Europe, even Natalie Portman does not feel altogether comfortable living there.
In an interview published by the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, Portman, 33, responded to the question of whether she felt “nervous” as a Jew in France, a country where “antisemitism is terrifyingly on the rise,” with a blanket, “Yes.”
“But I’d feel nervous being a black man in [the U.S.],” she quickly added. “I’d feel nervous being a Muslim in many places.”
Portman is putting the finishing touches on her adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness. She moved to Paris after her husband, the 37-year-old ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, whom she met on the set of dance thriller Black Swan in 2010, accepted a job with the Paris Opera Ballet.
Portman weighed in on other Jewish topics with the Reporter as well, including fashion designer John Galliano’s recent attempts to curry favor with the Jewish community after he was outcast from the fashion world over an antisemitic rant.
“I don’t see why not to be forgiving to someone who is, I mean, someone who’s trying to change,” she said, adding a strong denunciation of the fashion designer’s controversial “I love Hitler” outburst.
She also spoke out against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying she was “very, very upset he was re-elected” and condemning what she said were his “racist comments.”
But, the actress also said she was not interested in using her “platform” to “s*** on Israel.”