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Portman: I’ve learned to have a thick skin

Natalie Portman has learned to build up a thick skin during her years in Hollywood so she isn’t too affected by criticism.

The 34-year-old actress first shot to fame when she starred in Léon: The Professional at the age of just 13.

Since then, she has starred in a vast array of hugely successful movies, including 2010’s Black Swan; a role for which she won an Oscar.

But Natalie is now in the spotlight for a different reason – she is making her directorial debut with A Tale of Love and Darkness.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May and received mixed reviews, but Natalie insists the negative comments don’t worry her.

“I think you’re inevitably going to be subject to criticism,” she said in an interview with The Independent newspaper. “One of the biggest parts of being an artist is having a thick skin.”

Natalie also stars in the film, which was made entirely in Hebrew. And the mother-of-one admits she found it difficult at times getting to grips with the language.

“I am pretty good but I still make a lot of grammatical errors, and I had to work a lot on my accent,” she said. “It was okay to have an accent because my character in the movie is an immigrant, but it’s not OK for her to have an American accent.”

Natalie stars as Fania, the mother of Amos Oz, who wrote the memoir on which the film is based.

And she says it was as she got older than she began to realise she would be able to take on the part.

“I started this when I was 27 and all of a sudden I was like 31 and starting to get to the age where I could pull this off, maturity wise, so I decided to do it,” she said.

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