Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, who began her acting career at the age of 12, has expressed reservations about children working in Hollywood. Despite her own early start in the industry, Portman discouraged young people from entering show business during their childhood. She cited her own positive experience, attributing it to the watchful eye of her overprotective parents. Portman emphasized the potential harm faced by child actors, suggesting that her unharmed journey was almost a matter of luck.
Now 42 and a mother of two, Portman reflected on her early career, which included notable roles in films like “Léon: The Professional” and “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” Despite her success, Portman revealed that being sexualized as a child impacted her, instilling fear and contributing to a more conservative image later in life.
Portman made it clear that she does not encourage children to work and stressed the importance of play and education over early entry into the entertainment industry. Her comments underscore her concern for the well-being of young actors, shedding light on the challenges and potential risks faced by those in their formative years.
This stance aligns with Portman’s previous discussions about the over-sexualization she experienced as a teenager in Hollywood. The actress has spoken openly about the complexities and struggles faced by young actors in an industry known for its demanding nature and the unique challenges it poses to individuals in their developmental stages.
#MayDecember star Natalie Portman reflects on starting as a child actor: “I would not encourage young people to go into this. I don’t mean ever; I mean as children. I feel it was almost an accident of luck that I was not harmed.” https://t.co/Yfu1tr9mbL
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