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Natalie Portman Is Not Doing Any Holocaust Movies

Actress Natalie Portman is known for her mostly good taste in roles (although the less said about Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, the better), especially compared when other starlets in her peer group. So, how does she decide what kind of … Read More

By / January 7, 2010

Actress Natalie Portman is known for her mostly good taste in roles (although the less said about Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, the better), especially compared when other starlets in her peer group. So, how does she decide what kind of parts she wants to play? She told the Daily Mail:

It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do comedy. It’s just that I would only get offered girlfriend parts in guy comedies, which aren’t exciting to me, or those offensive roles in romantic comedies where the woman has to have a job in fashion so that she can have nice clothes, and her goal is always marriage. I’m more interested in finding characters that make me laugh.

Well, she’s open to doing comedies, so that’s great. However, as the most notable Jewish actress in her generation (and possibly in all of Hollywood), what does she think about playing Jewish characters? In New York, I Love You she played a Hasidic bride. But that role is the exception, not the rule:

I’ve always tried to stay away from playing Jews. I get like 20 Holocaust scripts a month, but I hate the genre.

Is the problem here that Natalie doesn’t like Holocaust movies, or that the only Jewish characters in most mainstream films are connected to the Holocaust? Something to ponder.

Also, this must mean Natalie’s dislike of playing Jews must not extend to being Anne Frank on Broadway.