Natalie Portman Has Best Response to Woody Allen Question

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 21, 2018

"It was a mistake", Portman said.

Polanski was released a year later after Switzerland rejected the United States' request to have him extradited.

Natalie, who has been heavily involved in the Time's Up anti-harassment campaign, also dismissed questions about another controversial filmmaker, Woody Allen - who she worked with on "Everyone Says I Love You" - when asked if his time was up because of allegations he sexually molested his daughter, Dylan Farrow, insisting the "conversation" should be directed elsewhere.

"There's a very big problem of representation in Hollywood, and I have very strong feelings about it", she said in response to the fact that her character in the film was originally written as a woman of partial Asian ancestry.

"I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough", the "Annihilation" star said.

'Someone I respected gave it to me, and said, "I signed this". It was a mistake. I don't want to talk about 'Isn't it sad that this person who's made 500 movies can't make movies anymore?' That's not for me to decide.

Earlier this month while hosting Saturday Night Live, Portman mentions in her monologue that she feels like society exists now in a world similar to the dystopian film, V for Vendetta. "But you can have your eyes opened and completely change the way you want to live. My eyes were not open", she said.

She insisted she has had a change of heart about the Polanski situation in the years since she signed the petition.

"My eyes were not open", she added. "There's much fewer women onscreen than men, and this movie has so many and I feel so proud of it". Of course, do I know anyone's experience? No.

Portman went on to say that "part of what we're here to do" is call attention to the people who are "not in the room". "Never! You know? I think it's freaky".

The HFPA failed to include women behind some of the highest grossing and critically lauded films a year ago: Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman, and Dee Rees for Mudbound. She learned of this during an interview, and felt "terrible" about it. Portman finished by addressing Hollywood's greater issues with representing women of color.

"We have to make it weird for people to walk in a room where everyone's not in the room", Portman said. "We based it on the first book, which does not mention race at all".

"And it's really unfortunate, and was a surprise to me for sure".

Gary Oldman and Gisele Schmidt.


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