Here are 10 controversial quotes from Natalie Portman
- “I do not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel.” This quote sparked a backlash from some Israeli politicians and activists, who accused Portman of boycotting Israel and supporting the Palestinian cause. Portman later clarified that she was not endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, but rather expressing her disapproval of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies on the Gaza Strip and African migrants.
- “Smart women love smart men more than smart men love smart women.” This quote, which Portman attributed to French author Colette, was seen by some as sexist and elitist, implying that smart men are intimidated by smart women or that smart women are less desirable than smart men.
- “The moment you buy into the idea that you’re above anyone else, is the moment you need to be slapped in the face.” This quote, which Portman said in an interview with Marie Claire UK, was criticized by some as promoting violence and disrespect. Some also questioned Portman’s own humility, given her fame and success.
- “If you can’t laugh at yourself, life is going to seem a whole lot longer than you’d like.” This quote, which Portman said in the movie Garden State, was interpreted by some as insensitive and dismissive of people who struggle with depression or mental health issues. Some also argued that Portman’s privileged background made her unaware of the hardships that many people face in life.
- “Lying is the most fun a woman can have without taking her clothes off.” This quote, which Portman said in the movie Closer, was condemned by some as immoral and degrading to women. Some also accused Portman of glamorizing infidelity and dishonesty in relationships.
- “I’m a Gemini, so I change my mind every day.” This quote, which Portman said in an interview with The CinemaHolic, was mocked by some as an example of astrology pseudoscience and irrationality. Some also pointed out that Portman’s star sign is actually Cancer, not Gemini.
- “Sometimes people’s reactions tell more about themselves.” This quote, which Portman said in an interview with Ingrid Sischy for Interview Magazine, was meant to reflect her attitude towards criticism and praise. She said that she tries not to take either too personally, because they are often influenced by the person’s own biases and emotions. She also said that she prefers to focus on her own growth and learning, rather than on other people’s opinions. Some people admired Portman’s maturity and confidence, but others found her quote arrogant and dismissive. They argued that Portman was ignoring the valid feedback and perspectives of others, and that she was too self-centered and detached. They also suggested that Portman’s fame and privilege made her oblivious to the realities and struggles of ordinary people.
- “Accept your lack of knowledge and use it as your asset.” This quote, which Portman said in her commencement speech at Harvard University, was praised by some as a wise and humble advice, but criticized by others as a sign of ignorance and complacency. Some also argued that Portman’s Ivy League education and Hollywood career made her an unlikely spokesperson for the value of inexperience.
- “Committing yourself to one person is sacred.” This quote, which Portman said in an interview with Elle UK, was challenged by some as a narrow and conservative view of love and sexuality. Some also accused Portman of hypocrisy, given her previous relationships with different men before marrying her husband.
- “I’m afraid of everything. But maybe when you’re afraid of everything, it sort of seems like you’re scared of nothing.” This quote, which Portman said in an interview with Jake Gyllenhaal for Interview Magazine, was interpreted by some as a paradoxical and profound statement, but by others as a nonsensical and contradictory one. Some also questioned Portman’s credibility as a fearless actress and activist, given her admission of fear.