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Natalie Portman: Sheds Hair For Career


Natalie Portman May 15, 2005 All rights reserved.

Many celebrities from Madonna to Britney Spears have been known to drastically alter their hair styles and hues overnight to attract media and fan attention.

Note: For an update: Curly Girl Natalie Portman Likes To Do Her Own Thing With Her Hair

Gorgeous 24 year old Gemini actress (June 9) Natalie Portman (aka Natalie Heshlag) scaled new heights in attracting attention to her tresses when she appeared May 15th at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for the sixth and final Stars Wars Premiere (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) with virtually no hair at all.

Natalie Portman 77th Annual Academy Awards Kodak Theater Hollywood, CA 02-27-05 All rights reserved.

Although the Star Wars pop-culture icon was just recently touted for her gorgeously twisted, jewel banded tresses, at the February 2005 Academy Awards, she took a sharp detour tackling Sinead O'Connor's famous bald look for her recent appearance in France.

Needless to say, Natalie's barely there scalp fuzz caused a media and fan frenzy with onlookers gasping and staring at the shocking transformation of the nubile actress.

The Israeli born, US raised star, smiled radiantly for the paparazzi as she explained the method to her shaved madness.

Losing It For Her Character

Natalie Portman Premiere of The Closer Mann Village Theater Westwood, California November 22, 2004 All rights reserved.

In her current role as Evey Hammond in the film, V For Vendetta, Natalie plays a young woman rescued from secret police imprisonment by a shadowy masked vigilante known simply as "V".

It makes sense that a stint in a prison camp would render Natalie's character nearly bald. The star allowed her pate to be shaved on camera during filming in Berlin.

Natalie told the media that she found the entire process of having her shoulder length locks shorn to be "really exciting".

Not only did Natalie wish to authenticate the Evey Hammond character, she found the task of shaving her head to be "liberating".

Natalie Portman 77th Annual Academy Awards Kodak Theater Hollywood, CA 02-27-05 All rights reserved.

The gorgeous petite actress was quoted by as saying "some people will think I'm a neo-Nazi or that I have cancer or I'm a lesbian.

"After all the crazy hairstyles I had to endure for the films, it's quite liberating to have no hair - especially in this heat."

(Image of Natalie Portman at the "Cold Mountain", December 07 2003. Photo by David Edwards/ - all rights reserved).

Embracing the on-set head shaving experience, the mega talented actress, as reported by Time, said she couldn't "stop rubbing my head." The vibrant star also indicated that "she might keep it for a while - it's so soft".

Strong, Confident & Controversial

Anyone that has studied Natalie at any length would probably not find it at all surprising that she shaved her head for a film role.

Controversy, such as her head shaving actions, seems to follow her to her movie sets. It was reported in late February during the filming of "Free Zone" dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers confronted Natalie and her co-star, objecting to the couple kissing during the filming of a scene beside Jerusalem's Western Wall.

When asked to leave the site and return later, Natalie, who has been studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in recent months, agreed willingly.

Natalie Portman Austin Powers In Goldmember Premiere July 22, 2002 All rights reserved.

The brunette beauty who has morphed through a series of hairstyles befitting her naturally curly locks, has always taken her skyrocketing acting career, very seriously. The star, who was magically discovered at age 10 by a Revlon scout, jumped quickly from becoming a Wilhemina model to a brilliant actress.

Natalie, sometimes also known as Natalie Domini, was a born independent thinker. An only child born to a doctor and an artist, she has always been a high achiever, extremely intelligent and very outspoken with her opinions.

Her nonconformist acts, which are somewhat unusual for any average twenty something actress includes being a staunch vegetarian and honoring a strong sense of her true identity. Her commitment to Israel includes regular goodwill visits and unwavering support.

Going Red On A Whim

When she was 20 and attending Harvard, she colored her hair bright lipstick red as a Halloween prank. After all, Natalie loves to experiment and express her independence.

The nubile actress was quoted in a 2002 USA Weekend article as saying that the character that comes closest to her true personality is the "sullen, headstrong daughter of Susan Sarandon in "Anywhere But Here".

Natalie Portman 2002 MTV Movie Awards Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles, CA June 01, 2001 All rights reserved.

For acting in Anywhere, Natalie won a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress nomination. She also formed a strong personal bond with Susan Sarandon who reported that she "always felt relaxed with Natalie". Even better, Susan commented Natalie "has a wicked sense of humor".


Although the skinhead look is probably not the most flattering for the actress who sports a mostly square shaped face, it makes perfect sense that she would enjoy flaunting her latest turn at individuality.

Who knows, Natalie may be expressing that wicked humor streak and enjoying the shocked reactions of the media and her fans. Meanwhile, the brilliantly talented actress is working on six new films that are sure to get her even more acting accolades.

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- Revised Publication Date: 01/04/11

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