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.
The 36-year-old actress said that at first she felt lucky that she had never been the victim of assault or abuse, but on further reflection she realised she had endured "discrimination and harassment" on nearly every project she's ever worked on. "And then, on reflection, I was like, okay, definitely never been assaulted, definitely not, but I've had discrimination or harassment on nearly everything I've ever worked on in some way", said Portman on Sunday, addressing a Los Angeles festival organized by the entertainment website Vulture. "And then, on reflection, I was like, OK, definitely never been assaulted, definitely not, but I've had discrimination or harassment on nearly everything I've ever worked on in some way", she said.
During Vulture Festival in Los Angeles over the weekend, the Oscar victor spoke to the recent slew of harassment allegations leveled against prominent industry members. "And I think a lot of people have had this awakening about themselves, stuff that we took for granted, as if they were part of the process ".
Giving an example of what could have turned into sexual harassment, Portman said a producer once invited her to fly with him and his company on a private plane to a place she was also going.
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After communicating her discomfort at the dynamic, Natalie explained that the incident did not escalate, but certainly had an effect on her confidence. "Nothing happened, I was not assaulted, " she said. I said, "This doesn't make me comfortable" and that was respected, but was super not okay. That was really unacceptable and manipulative.
Portman stressed that she's not sure that men realize how physically vulnerable women can feel.
In other past instances involving male co-workers, she said her opinions were ignored or her input was deemed "exhausting". It's very rare to have female crew members apart from hair, makeup, and wardrobe-the very stereotypical departments for women to be in-and I think women experience this in a lot of industries. "They didn't realise that there were hundreds of people with similar 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".