Magazine article Screen International

Natalie Portman: 'Jackie' Most "Dangerous" Role of My Career

Magazine article Screen International

Natalie Portman: 'Jackie' Most "Dangerous" Role of My Career

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Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman has said taking on the role of Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larrain's buzzed-about biopic Jackie was "the most dangerous" of her career.

The likely awards contender, which received concerted applause following its press screening this morning in Venice, will get its red carpet world premiere tonight on the Lido before transferring to Toronto.

The anticipated feature is an intimate portrait of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

Early reviews are high on the film and even higher on Portman's performance as a fragile and tragic First Lady.

In response to a press conference question of whether the role was the most challenging in her career, Portman said:

"It's definitely up there... It definitely felt the most dangerous because everyone knows what she looked like, how she walked, how she talked... I had never played someone like that. Everyone has their idea of her."

Portman added of her iconic character: "She's a symbol, she's a woman, she's a wife, she's a betrayed wife, she's a person trying to find her way in the world... There are so many things she is dealing with."

Acclaimed Chilean director Pablo Larrain, making his English-language debut, told the conference:

"I believe that Jackie was incredibly mysterious. …

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