Even in Hollywood, moms help other moms. Natalie Portman knows it. The Academy Award-winning actor once asked fellow Oscar winner, Cate Blanchett, how she’s supposed to balance family life and such a demanding career. Portman revealed all in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
“I said, ‘How do you do it? You’re a mom. You’re the best at what you do,” Portman recalls. Apparently, Blanchett responded, “You just do. Stressing about it doesn’t help.” We think Blanchett is totally right, however complicated that might be to hold onto.
Portman is the mother of a four-year-old with her husband, Benjamin Millepied. They raise their son in France, where Millepied is from. Portman also told the magazine that it’s not just women who struggle with that career and family balance. A lot of men she knows “are dealing with the same issues.” It’s just less public.
“Maybe those questions need to be asked of the men, too,” she comments. We couldn’t agree more. Families aren’t just about mother and child all the time.
When asked about parenting and living in France, Portman gushes that the experience is “magical.” But the cultural differences between France and the United States are a little jarring. She notices that “indoor gyms” are way more prevalent in the United States, and French parents will think you’re “nuts” if you’re running around and chasing your little one. We can see it.
At least Portman is used to crossing cultures. She’s originally from Israel, and that’s where her heart is despite her dual citizenship between Israel and America.
“When you say, ‘I’m from Israel!’ everyone wants to have a ten-hour political conversation,” she brings up. It’s rough to face so many opinions, but Portman is reportedly “grateful” for it. Even though crossing cultures is something she does a lot, she knows it’s part of her identity. She doesn’t feel pressure to be one thing or the next.
“I never questioned my identity,” she says about growing up.
As always, we’re impressed with how self-actualized, organized, and chill Portman is. You keep doing you.