In a recent Dax Shepard podcast, Natalie Portman was a guest. And while they both discuss a wide range of topics in the program, one particular moment in the podcast stands out the most. That’s when Shepard told Portman that he had kept a picture of her in his toolbox for 12 years.
How did Natalie Portman become famous?
The Oscar-winning actress was first found in a pizza shop with a cosmetics agent. They suggested that she try to model because of her beauty. And even though she was only 11-years-old at the time, she decided to give it a try. According to Portman, modeling was too subtle and boring for her personal taste. So instead, she started acting.
Shortly after it was first discovered, Portman took a role in her cult film, The Professional. And while critics have gone over the film (which has had a huge impact on her self-esteem), she says it is the film that is most admired by her fans.
“We were killed by the critics,” she said W Iris. “It was terrible, terrible reviews. And he didn’t make any money in the US. And it’s still the only thing that people come to me about, ”admits Portman. “What people tell me is still their favorite film. So it reminded me, you know, it’s the film that talks to people – that may not be the scene when it comes out. ”
Dax Shepard kept a picture of Natalie Portman in his toolbox for 12 years
In the podcast, Shepard opens up to Portman, telling the star that he put a lot of pressure on her when he was growing up. He said he “didn’t care” until he kept a picture of Portman in his toolbox for 12 years.
Shepard says, “So when Kristen (Bell) and I first started going, she went out to my garage. She noticed that my toolbox had been opened, and there was a funny picture for you. It had been in my toolbox for 12 years. You’re my favorite actress ever, ”he escaped.
Portman jokes in response, “I’m sure my husband had a picture of Kristen Bell in his dressing room. So everything is even. ”
Dax Shepard admits his crush on Natalie Portman was ‘weird’
“So this is where he gets dicey,” Shepard said during his podcast. “I’m six years older than you. I have to think this is a common thing because you were thrown in (The Professional). And I was like, ‘Oh my god, this guy is so talented and nice, so everything … also I’m nineteen, and I shouldn’t feel like this about it… This is terrible“,” He said.
Shepard continues, saying, “There were times when I thought, I shouldn’t be so much in love with this girl,” commenting on their age gap. He then asks, “Is that something you were aware of? ”
Portman says she was aware that journalists were starting to cast her as this “Lolita figure. ”Because of this, she tried to hide her sexuality at a very young age.
Portman says she would be very “conservative” and “sensible” just to feel safe. And throughout her teens, she refused to take positions with kiss scenes in them.
She said, “I would start choosing parts that weren’t so sexy because it made me worry about how I had seen it and how safe I felt.”