'My Oscar is a false idol': Natalie Portman reveals she doesn't worship her Academy Award for Black Swan (and actually has no clue where it is)
Natalie Portman doesn't keep the Oscar she won for Black Swan on display because it would be like 'worshiping a false idol.'
The actress, 33, tells The Hollywood Reporter that her Best Actress Academy Award is hidden away and she doesn't even know where it is, and that's just fine.
The former child star describes the highly-prized statuettes as 'literally like gold men', adding: 'This is literally worshiping gold idols - if you worship it. That’s why it’s not displayed on the wall. It’s a false idol.'
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Candid: Natalie Portman reveals she doesn't know where her Oscar for Black Swan is in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday
Oscar winner: Portman, 33, won the Best Actress Academy Award four years ago but tells the publication: 'I haven’t seen it in a while'
Change of heart: The Israeli-born actress now believes the gold statuette is what the Bible calls 'a false idol' and if it was on display she'd be in danger of 'worshiping' it, so she keeps it hidden away
Portman met her husband Benjamin Millepied on the set of the 2010 dark psychological ballet movie directed by Aaron Aronofsky and accepted her Oscar while pregnant with their son Aleph, now nearly four.
It was following the birth of her child, she tells the publication, that she changed her mind about the Oscar she'd worked so hard to win.
And it was a biblical revelation of sorts.
'I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshiping false idols,' she said.
Four years on from collecting the statuette, Portman confesses she has no idea where it is.
'I think it’s in the safe or something. I don’t know. I haven’t seen it in a while,' the actress said.
Moving on: Since winning her Oscar, the actress has married and given birth to a son Aleph, who turns four next month, and moved to Paris with her husband Benjamin Millepied
New directions: The V For Vendetta star has gone behind the camera to direct her first feature film A Tale Of Love and Darkness which will debut at the Cannes Film Festival later this month
Award winner: The Star Wars star embraced the dark side as the deeply troubled ballet dancer Nina in 2010's Dark Swan
Married with a kid: Portman met husband Benjamin Millepied on the set of Black Swan and was pregnant with their son Aleph when she accepted her Academy Award for the film
Portman currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Paris, where Millepied, 37, is director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet.
Of her marriage, the V For Vendetta and Star Wars star acknowledges that it's a work in progress.
'The disappointments are always in myself,' Portman reflected in her interview with THR.
Sparkling: Natalie Portman was a shiny happy person as she arrived in Beverly Hills for a gala on Tuesday evening
'When you’re faced day to day with someone looking at you, it’s like a mirror that you have to yourself, and you can see your own good behavior and bad behavior. And it’s a beautiful challenge to be the best person in the mirror that you can be,' she said. 'I mean, I don’t beat myself up over it, but I’m not always as generous as I feel like I could be.'
Meanwhile, the Israeli-born Oscar winner has just finished putting the final touches to her directorial feature film debut a Tale Of Love And Darkness.
It's a drama, all in Hebrew, based on the best-selling memoir of Israeli author and activist Amos Oz.
On Tuesday night, Portman presented Oz with an award at a Beverly Hills gala celebrating the fifth anniversary of the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.
The movie will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
Inspiration: The actress attended the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Gala to present an award to Israeli author Amos Oz. She directs and stars in a film based on his memoir A Tale Of Love And Darkness
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