Natalie Portman, who won an Oscar and has two kids, recently talked about her time as a child actor. She shared on a podcast that it was mostly luck that she wasn’t harmed in the industry. She even said she wouldn’t suggest kids go into acting.
Portman, who started in movies at 13, mentioned that she didn’t like it as a kid, but now she’s thankful for the experience. However, she strongly feels that children shouldn’t be part of the entertainment industry. She believes kids should play and go to school instead.
Talking about her breakout film “Léon: The Professional,” she admitted to having mixed feelings. The director, Luc Besson, was accused of misconduct but cleared later. Portman found the allegations devastating.
Reflecting on her own experience, she said she was just a kid and didn’t know much. She advised child actors to see it as a game, not a job. Despite the complexities, she mentioned that her early acting roles were fun, and she loved doing them.