For her first two years of college, Portman lived on campus, sharing a bedroom. "I really missed that time when I could just stay up late and read and play the kind of music that I want."Her current apartment is very modest.
What she remembers best about Maryland is the pink carpet and her dolls. "It's very odd," she says, "because I don't remember ever talking to my parents about sex ... But she rebuffs my suggestion that she picked this up from her father's job."I barely saw my dad when I was little," she says, "because he was doing his residency." (I ask what exactly he does as a fertility specialist. Angela Bassett ..."Those all are pretty sexy people," she says with a grin.
"He inseminates and does surgery, and he's a reproductive endocrinologist," his daughter says matter-of-factly.) "The smell of a hospital is like the smell of my dad to me."I involuntarily make a face."You're like, ' Natalie's such a creepy person,'" she declares, both accusing and laughing. "The only sibling I ever wanted," she says, "was an older brother, so he could introduce me to cute boys. "I don't know how my chances are after those names."Do you date non-vegetarians? "It's kind of unusual to find guys who are vegetarian. But, I mean, I guess someone can still be sexy even if they're married.
Right now, though, she is pushing the committee to choose Out Kast, while a student poll favors Dave Matthews.
The 10 Best Movies of 2010At college, Portman finds that for the most part she is allowed to fit in quietly; that people are "sort of just unimpressed" that she is the actress chosen by czar George Lucas to play queen-turned-senator Padmé Amidala, future wife of Anakin Skywalker, in a trilogy of prequels to the most successful movie series of all time.
(Portman isn't her real name; she borrowed it from her grandmother to protect her father, a fertility specialist, whose name is distinctive.) Her first On our way to attend an evening reading by novelists Salman Rushdie and Jamaica Kincaid and poet John Ashbery, Portman chats about student life on campus.
"My peers here are pretty frickin' accomplished," she says.More oddly — a fact that her father, Avner, stumbled onto recently — the most probable date of her conception was her father's birthday."This," their daughter informed them, "is the grossest piece of information I've ever learned." (Though, as she teased them, she figures that she knows what her father got for his birthday.) The Travers Take: Movie Reviews, Interviews and Commentary Memory is a prime interest of Portman the student.Portman was sort of unimpressed, too, when Lucas considered her for the role."I was like, says this child of parents who emigrated to America from Jerusalem when she was a child.She has been in bed most of the day, though she went to her nine o'clock lecture and to a meeting of the committee she's on, to discuss which bands will come here next.