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Portman: I feel so American!

Natalie Portman has opened up about her recent move to Paris, France.

The Black Swan actress recently moved to the French capital with her husband, ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied and their three-year-old son Aleph. Over the weekend she made the short journey to Cannes for the annual Film Festival to showcase her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. While there, she opened up to People magazine about what it’s like to live in a country with such a different culture to the United States.

“You certainly feel a lot more American when you’re not living in America,” she laughed. “You know it’s so interesting and I love being in France, it’s really incredible to get to be in such an amazing culture, and different culture and be surrounded by all the art and film.”

The family decided to make the move from America after Benjamin was offered the role of Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet. Although the 33-year-old hasn’t found the transition too hard, it’s now dawned on her how different her routine was before.

“Also just the people and the food and the language, it’s all new and exciting and foreign,” she continued. “You also realise the things about yourself that are very American.”

Natalie has been in the movie industry since she was 12-years-old, making her big screen debut in 1994 movie Léon: The Professional. Since then, she has gone on to star in major films including the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Black Swan, for which she won an Oscar. Even though the thespian’s roles have brought her worldwide fame, Natalie admits her life in Paris is more private.

“I like being a stranger in a place. You’re kind of an outsider, and I think that's what makes you,” she recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “It's the only way I've ever known."

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