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Many struggling actors don't have the luxury of being picky about the roles they take; turning down a potential hit requires a lot of star power, or in some cases simply integrity. Natalie Portman certainly seems to have both. In a new interview with British Elle, the 29-year-old names three kinds of roles she simply refuses to play:
1. The typical romantic-comedy lead.
The star of 2004's Garden State says she's always been interested in comedy, but "I would only get offered girlfriend parts in guy comedies, which aren’t exciting to me, or those offensive roles in romantic comedies where the woman has to have a job in fashion so that she can have nice clothes, and her goal is always marriage. "
2. The Holocaust survivor.
"I’ve always tried to stay away from playing Jews. I get like 20 Holocaust scripts a month, but I hate the genre," says Portman, a native of Israel who grew up in the U.S. The actress played her first explicitly Jewish role in the 2009 ensemble indie New York, I Love You.
3. The sex object.
Portman (Oscar-nominated for her role as a stripper in 2004's Closer) made her feature-film debut as a gun-toting nymphet in The Professional, and the experience made a big impact on her career choices: "There was a lot of controversy about the whole Lolita thing. My parents were superprotective about it, but I got a lot of weird letters. It was really upsetting. I didn't want to be seen as a sex object, so I went in the opposite direction... I'm definitely not a prude about sex or nudity, I just don't want to do something that will end up as a screen grab on a porn site.'"
In late 2009, Portman headlined the contemporary wartime drama Brothers opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire, and will soon be starring in the thriller Black Swan, the superhero movie Thor and the horror comedy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Which just goes to prove that a thoughtful actress' career can have plenty of variety, even without Holocaust dramas and rom-coms.
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