Port­man praises Jackie Kennedy’s gen­eros­ity with pub­lic

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he is fa­mous for jeal­ously guard­ing her pri­vacy, fa­vor­ing a small wed­ding to a lav­ish celebrity cer­e­mony and tak­ing her grand­mother’s maiden name to shield her fam­ily from the lime­light. But Natalie Port­man said Mon­day por­tray­ing grief-stricken Jacqueline Kennedy had taught her the virtue of celebri­ties giv­ing more of them­selves to the pub­lic. “Jackie,” Chilean film­maker Pablo Lar­rain’s first English-lan­guage fea­ture, is a sear­ing and in­ti­mate por­trait of the first lady in the week af­ter John F Kennedy’s as­sas­si­na­tion in 1963.

Port­man told jour­nal­ists at the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute’s AFI Fest in Los An­ge­les, where “Jackie” was get­ting its US pre­miere, how she ad­mired the stoic and dig­ni­fied face Jackie put on for the pub­lic. “It’s un­der­stand­ing that even when she was go­ing through some­thing in­cred­i­bly pri­vate, it meant some­thing to other peo­ple how she pre­sented her­self pub­licly,” Port­man, 35, said. “It’s like other peo­ple share in what­ever you’re go­ing through and that’s re­ally im­pres­sive that she was able to do that,” she added.

Born Neta-Lee Her­sh­lag in Jerusalem to a doc­tor fa­ther and an artist mother, Port­man has taken on tough roles since start­ing

“I value my pri­vate life and se­cu­rity way more than get­ting parts by flash­ing my boobs on some mag­a­zine or be­ing a sex sym­bol in films,” she said in a 2000 in­ter­view. Port­man won a best ac­tress Os­car for 2010’s psy­cho­log­i­cal ballet thriller “Black Swan”. It was on the set of that film she met her fu­ture hus­band, French dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Ben­jamin Millepied, with whom she is ex­pect­ing a sec­ond child. She has been tipped for a sec­ond Os­car for her per­for­mance in “Jackie,” with crit­ics rav­ing about how ac­cu­rately she man­aged to cap­ture Kennedy’s voice and per­son­al­ity. “The eas­ier things were... the more su­per­fi­cial de­tails like the way she talked and the way she moved and looked,” Port­man said on the red car­pet at Hol­ly­wood’s TCL Chi­nese The­atre. “Those are things you spend a lot of time on but it’s re­ally the way she felt that takes the imag­i­na­tion and the real search­ing. The other stuff is like learn­ing a skill as op­posed to ex­plor­ing your own depths.” “Jackie” peaks with the first lady’s real-life strat­egy of paint­ing a fairy-tale pic­ture of JFK by us­ing “Camelot” as a so­bri­quet for the Kennedy ad­min­is­tra­tion, an epi­taph which stuck.

“I loved that she de­fined her­self as a wife pri­mar­ily, but then lived a life that was very counter to that where she was her own woman,” said Port­man. “It was like she didn’t know how to be any other way, ex­cept ex­actly her­self-very strong, very able to au­thor her own story. And (she) re­ally be­came the au­thor of her own story and his story.”

Fox Search­light Pic­tures is sched­uled to re­lease “Jackie” in the United States on De­cem­ber 2.—

— AFP photos

Di­rec­tor Pablo Lar­rain (left), ac­tresses Natalie Port­man (cen­ter) and Greta Ger­wig at­tend the pre­miere of ‘Jackie’ dur­ing the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute (AFI) Fes­ti­val in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia, on Mon­day.

Ac­tress Natalie Port­man at­tends the pre­miere of “Jackie” dur­ing the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute (AFI) Fes­ti­val in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia.

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