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Natalie Portman Talks Openly About Being A "Lady Boss"

May 26, 2015 2 min read

After taking a hiatus from the spotlight, Natalie Portman returns bringing fire to the screen with "A Tale of Love and Darkness". Not only has she been cast to play the lead, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but she is also the director of this feature film. Natalie-Portman-140 As a first time director of both others and herself, Natalie was nervous that as a woman she would be judged for this position. “I remember as a kid reading about Barbra Streisand directing herself in movies, and people would write that they were just vanity projects. But then I realized that was something they would never say about men directing themselves.” Natalie told The Guardian. She admits that when it comes to being "the boss" in her role as director, she is still a little timid to tell people what to do. But she attests that timidness to the age old misconception that women in charge are viewed as bossy, rather than the boss. “It’s a very female thing of being afraid to say: ‘I’m the boss, and this is how I want it,’” she confessed. Natalie admires the work of woman even younger than herself who have trailblazed their way into Hollywood. Lena Dunham, the 29 year old creator and star ofGirls, is a particular inspiration to the 33 year old. Natalie sees the future of the film and television industry as something much more female dominated. The popularity of shows likeOrange Is The New Black, which boasts a predominantly female cast, speaks to that idea.  "The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.” Natalie explained to The Guardian. “I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad — human, basically." We love Natalie's eloquent opinions and we're excited to see her show off her directorial talents! She is a smart, honest and observant woman and an amazing role model for young, aspiring woman. Let us know your thoughts on gender equality!

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