In the wake of multiple sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood, an actress with dual American and Israeli citizenship, Natalie Portman opened up about her own experience of sexual harassment and sexism.
Interviewed by Indie Wire at the Vulture Fest in Los Angeles, the heroine of Black Swan has shared a few anecdotes about nearly all of his shoots: "I've never been assaulted but I have been the victim of harassment or discrimination in nearly all the films on which I worked", she says. 'I've had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I've worked on, ' the 36-year-old added. While opening up about her experiences, the star made a bold statement about why women continue to be harassed in Hollywood: In a male-dominated industry, the actress argued, there is no safeguarding women, since there are so few in power to protect others.
Sharing one disturbing example, she recalled being invited to ride on a producer's private plane to a location.
After communicating her discomfort at the dynamic, Natalie explained that the incident did not escalate, but certainly had an effect on her confidence. I was not assaulted.
"This doesn't make me feel comfortable", she recalled telling the producer. Because for my first roles, the reaction people would give in reviews was to call me a Lolita and things like that, and I got so scared by it. "But just the fact of any woman, if you're walking down the street alone at night, you feel scared, and I'm not sure guys know what that [feels like]". Portman often feels like her opinions aren't taken as seriously as her male co-stars. Usually you walk into a movie as the only woman, and you're often the only woman on set. "I hear this from friends of mine who are lawyers, business people, writers on shows".
"The surprising thing is it nearly feels strategic to keep you away from other women, because you don't have the opportunity to share stories". You have to work hard to find and actually connect to people doing the same thing because we're often that one seat at the table. All these accusations are like, 'Oh yeah, everyone was isolated from each other, ' people didn't share. The more she reexamined them, she said, the more she realized that some of the experiences she dismissed were things that Hollywood needed to reckon with.