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Natalie Portman Slams Hollywood’s Diversity Problem: ‘Movies Are All About White Men’

The "Jackie" star wants to see more worthwhile roles for women.

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Natalie Portman in “Jackie”

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After keeping a relatively low profile in recent years, Natalie Portman is back in a big way with next month’s “Jackie.” Pablo Larraín’s biopic finds the Oscar winner at her best, which she says in a comprehensive Vulture interview is a long time coming: “People are like, ‘What has she done since Black Swan?'”

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“There are not great female roles that are just flourishing,” she continues, comparing modern-day Hollywood unfavorably with what it was half a century ago. Films of that era, Portman explains, “have such strong female roles all the time,” namely “Sunset Boulevard” and “Marnie.” “Even if they’ll make the occasional sexist comment, they still have a central woman character who has a personality…Now I feel like movies are all about white men and then you get a couple that happen to be about women.”

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The former First Lady is an exception, of course, and also “very ahead of her time in having the kind of agency to tell her own story,” explains Portman. “That’s everyone’s obsession now, presenting this image that they want to show the world.”

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