I became a fan of Natalie Portman first when I swooned at her eclectic performance in Garden State and her adorable on-screen chemistry with costar Zach Braff. I became an even bigger fan after reading about how much we have in common (i.e. Judaism and vegetarianism) even though deep down I know it’s not much, but it’s still pretty cool to identify with Princess Leia.
And her new movie gets me seriously pumped because never before have her fans seen Portman in a role like this – a young Hasidic woman in New York, I Love You, a film on finding and keeping love in my favorite city.
And this after Portman’s casting vow in Elle that she would never play a Jewish woman. Yo Yenta! rightly points out,
Natalie’s always been big on Hebrew pride, so it can’t be that she’d refuse a Jewish role out of spite for her peeps; I’m guessing it’s just high time someone created a female Jewish character who isn’t a bony, mean Mrs. Ari or a concentration camp survivor.
Why can’t Jewish women be free of social stereotypes?
I for one need to see this latest creation, but I will have to satisfy myself with the trailer below: