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Natalie Portman Sums Up Feminism in Hollywood in the Most Perfect Way Possible

Natalie Portman has been a fierce supporter of feminism, especially when it comes to portraying women in films.

Over the years, Portman has played the roles of various famous women, such as Queen Anne Boleyn and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Now, she’s gearing up for international reviews of her newest biopic about another famous woman—former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

Portman described an unsettling trend she sees in many movies during an interview with The Guardian:

“A lot of films that try for a ‘feminist’ portrayal will just make a woman be really tough. Well, that’s not feminist because it’s not allowing the woman to be a human being.”

She slammed films that give female leads a singular characteristic stating, “no one’s just tough.”

While she’s worked with an array of talented directors, Portman credited “Jackie” director, Pablo Larraín, for showcasing the magnitude of the former first lady’s multi-faceted demeanor. She said:

“She can be brave, and self-interested, and vulnerable, and super-tough, and sensual, and cold, and all of these things at once because that’s how human beings are.”

This mixture of qualities isn’t constricted to women in positions of power, but trickles down to every female. When asked if the world would be better if it were run by women, she brushed off the blanket claim and responded:

“No. We’re human beings. There are good ones. there are bad ones, and everyone is going to be a mix of everything. We should know by now that female leaders aren’t inherently better people or inherently better anything.”

Portman doesn’t believe in gender differences, from artists to business people, in regards to the “quality of work of anything.” To her, we’re “simply humans.”

Admittedly, Portman “loves watching men’s films,” but claimed everyone has a responsibility to promote inclusion, something the actress seeks to do within her own jobs in the film industry.

With Hollywood being one of the “biggest offenders” of excluding women from opportunities, Portman wasn’t going to wait for an offer, and instead wrote, directed, and starred in her own film “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”

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Natalie Portman “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Screenplay by Natalie Portman, Directed by Natalie Portman

She also demonstrated that she wouldn’t be willing to sacrifice female representation for financial benefits when she delayed the production of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic until a female director was signed on.

While it’s easy to ask for change, Natalie Portman serves as proof that creating your own opportunities and aligning yourself with those who promote your vision can make all the difference.

From IJR.