the war of stars franchise helped propel Oscar winner Natalie Portman’s career to new heights. And although she was always happy to be there war of stars Mythology, experiencing the prequel trilogy was also a learning experience.
Natalie Portman was an aspiring actress back in the ’90s. She made her feature film debut in the 1994 film Leon: the pro. Then she rounded out her filmography at a young age with roles in films such as heat and Beautiful girl.
She crowned her career in the 90s with the role of Queen Amidala in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The character in question would lead to her playing the love interest war of stars‘ Anakin Skywalker.
When Portman first landed the role, she had no idea the prequel trilogy or her role would have the impact they did. This was partly due to their limited knowledge and exposure of George Lucas’ war of stars Franchise.
“I definitely wasn’t actively pursuing this role at all, but I just met with the casting director like I do with any other film and just talked to her, and then I met George [Lucas] and talked to him and I got the part. I hadn’t seen the films until they were offered to me, so I really wasn’t aware of what war of stars was ever,” she once said at a press conference, according to ScreenSlam.
Initially, fans and critics were not very receptive to certain aspects of the prequel trilogy. Portman was aware of the harsh criticism war of stars back then. Granted, some of it got under her skin.
“It was tough,” she recalled in an interview with Empire. “It was a shame because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then disappointed. Also, being at an age I didn’t really understand, that’s kind of the nature of the beast. If something has so much anticipation, it can almost only disappoint.”
But over time, Portman came to appreciate the films even more because of the criticism they faced. The actress believed that after this experience, she grew both as an actress and as a person.
“These films that other people might target, and I’m perfectly aware of that, I’m just as proud of them,” she said in a 2010 interview with The Telegraph. “I think you need to fall on your face. I didn’t go to drama school, where you can screw things up privately. Every mistake I made trying something that didn’t work was on a public screen. And I think that’s okay. Failure doesn’t make you afraid of failure. You know it’s no big deal.”
opinions regarding war of stars The prequel trilogy may have changed significantly since the years and decades they were released. Portman feels they have moved from critical critiques to praise from many in the community. It reminded the actress of her experience with fans of her debut film The professional.
“I mean, I had it with me The professional too,” she told Variety. “It was critically slaughtered and now even though it was in Marvel and war of stars Movies, that’s the main thing people come to me for. This and war of stars are two examples of things that when they came out I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is a disaster.’ And then 20 years later – actually 30 years later for The professional – it is loved.”