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Natalie Portman: 'I feel so much better when I'm pulled together'

Natalie Portman sticks to a "uniform" of jeans and a T-shirt on a daily basis, adding that the fact she's a "harried working mom" makes it difficult for her to wear anything else.

Natalie Portman feels much more confident when she wears make-up.

The 35-year-old actress is mother to five-year-old son Aleph with husband Benjamin Millepied. And in a new interview with Modern Luxury magazine, the star says as a "a harried working mom" she doesn’t typically spend a whole lot of time thinking about what she wears, admitting her “uniform” usually consists of a T-shirt and jeans.

But as one of the most talented stars in Hollywood, Natalie gets invited to her fair share of red carpet events, and relishes the chance to pop on her face for an evening out on the town.

"I do feel that when I pull myself together, I feel better," she admitted to the publication.

Make-up also plays a vital role in Natalie's work life, with the actress using cosmetics to fully embrace her on-screen characters. In 2010's Black Swan, for example, Natalie's character Nina Sayers' alter ego of The Swan Queen sported dark, black eye make-up, red lips and a pale, white complexion.

"In my everyday life, make-up also plays an important role in expressing who I am to the public," Natalie explained.

Natalie looks stunning in the accompanying photo shoot for Modern Luxury, with the magazine publishing different covers for different major U.S. cities.

For the Miami edition, Natalie is seen with tousled hair, holding her hand to her face, while the Orange County edition sees the brunette beauty with shorter hair, with her nails and lips a matching shade of red.

Natalie appeared in the magazine to discuss her new movie A Tale of Love and Darkness, which she wrote, directed and also stars in.

While she was "so moved by" Amos Oz's book which inspired her film, Natalie admits that making the movie was an entirely different experience to acting.

"I was uncomfortable in the beginning stating what I wanted all the time," she said. "By the end, you get so good at saying, 'I want this because everyone just wants you to be direct and clear and say what you want. And you know what you want. You don’t have to apologise for it."

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