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Natalie Portman Opens Up About Protecting Child Actors

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In a revealing interview with Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast, acclaimed actress and Oscar winner Natalie Portman shared personal insights from her experience as a child actor. She first stepped into the spotlight at 13 years old with her role in “Léon: The Professional.” Looking back, Portman feels fortunate to have avoided exploitation during her early career —thanks in part to luck and her parents’ watchful protection.

Natalie Portman interviewed by David Letterman at age 13

Despite having positive memories overall, Portman openly discourages children from entering show business too young. “I would not encourage young people to go into this,” she asserted, voicing concern specifically for child actors. Her caution stems from recognizing the industry’s risks and complexities, as well as disturbing stories she’s become aware of over the years. However, increased awareness and recent movements have led to improved safety for minors.

In essence, Natalie Portman’s reflections provide sobering but vital perspectives on navigating early fame. Her firsthand experience highlights the duty felt by many to safeguard young talent in an industry known for its turbulence. Though risks remain, increasing vigilance now serves as a source of hope.

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