Natalie Portman on Mass Building for Thor: “I was asked to get as big as possible”


Five foot three Natalie Portman, of slender build and high-pitched voice, has always had a naturally delicate presence. Even with her acting powerhouses, she comes across as elfin, a trope she’s leaned into — ever seen “Natalie’s Rap” sketch on SNL? But for her upcoming role as The Mighty Thor (Jane Foster plus Hammer plus powers) in Marvel’s Thor: love and thunder, She was asked to add muscle to her body for the first time in her career, and the physical change had an impact on her psyche as well.

“On Black Swan“I was asked to go as small as possible,” Portman said diversity, reflecting on the role – a ballerina – that earned her an Oscar. “[For Thor]I was asked to get as big as possible. It’s an amazing challenge – and so is it [a] state of mind as a woman.”

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“To have that reaction and be considered big, you’re like, ‘Oh, it must be so different, going through the world like that,'” Portman added. “When you’re little – and I think so too because I started when I was a kid – I often feel young or little or like a patting person on the head. And that’s why I present it to myself.”

To prepare for the role, Portman worked with a trainer for 10 months. But even the most talented fitness trainer could not make the actor taller, which the script also demanded. Instead, a ramp was built for the actress to walk on during filming so she could stand eye to eye with costar Chris Hemsworth.

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