Here's a mixed Sundance review of NP's Hesher, and (for the UK release of Brothers) an interview in which she looks forward to more "adult" roles. (First Showing/Mirror)
Portman is clearly not your typical Hollywood actress. Although she made her film debut at the age of 13 in Luc Besson's Léon, she has successfully avoided joining the list of child-star casualties.
Composed, level-headed and highly intelligent, she drives an environmentally-sound Toyota Prius, is a strict vegan, and refuses to wear leather or fur.
She will only use non-animal tested make-up and shuns diamonds because of the way they are mined.
She is also deeply involved with Finca International, an organisation that makes loans to poor women in developing countries to start their own businesses.
"It sounds almost like a parody of political correctness," Natalie readily admits.
"But at the same time we can't be ashamed of trying to be good in all aspects of our lives. There are ways to have fun and also incorporate the stuff you care about too."