7 QUESTIONS; with a Starring Role in Thor, an Upcoming Slew of Production Titles and a New Baby Son, Natalie Portman Is Riding High. She Talks Comic Book Capers and Co-Star Chris Hemsworth's Costume

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7 QUESTIONS; with a Starring Role in Thor, an Upcoming Slew of Production Titles and a New Baby Son, Natalie Portman Is Riding High. She Talks Comic Book Capers and Co-Star Chris Hemsworth's Costume


Byline: Natalie Portman

Can you compare working on Thor to the Star Wars movies? It was amazing to work on both, but they were very different experiences.

On Thor, to be on a set with Kenneth Branagh made it very different because he paid so much attention to character.

It felt like he was making a small character piece even though there is all of this elaborate filmmaking going on around you.

He never got lost in that, which I think is a tendency of most directors of these big films. They are so entwined in the sets and action sequences they forget about character.

Ken was constantly on that. It was character, character, character, story, story, story.

You must have some pretty obsessive sci-fi geek fans? No. Anyone who approaches me has been respectful and sweet.

I think it's exciting to have people who are passionate about what you do.

As an actor that's the best thing you can hope for, and besides, I'm very small and can camouflage easily. When I'm out in public I'm hard to spot.

In Thor you play scientist Jane Foster - so not a bimbo? Thor is exiled to Earth to learn humility and earn his right to be a leader. Jane is part of what grounds him on.

That's something Ken kept saying to me. He wanted to make sure my character's feet were always on the ground.

That was the bottom of her character. She is working on a theory of connecting dimensions. It's based on an Einstein theory that you can connect dimensions through the warping of time and space.

Thor obviously comes from another dimension, so he is sort of this missing piece to her scientific research, and everyone thinks she's sort of on the fringe of science and a bit of a kook. This is her chance to finally prove herself once and for all.

What was it like when you saw Chris Hemsworth for the first time in his Thor costume? …

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