Natalia Portman was one of the prominent actress in Hollywood today and she has a huge fanbase for her versatile acting and legitimate performance. However, the question remained in minds of many minds why the actress doesn’t sign-up for movies that features kissing scenes.
Though for years, the actress portrayed herself in a conservative paradigm, she opened up the actual reason in 2018 while gave the Women’s March Speech. She revealed that she felt unsafe to do anything that sexualizes her body and was scared of the dangers of being objectified while doing so. She said,
“I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually, I would feel unsafe, and that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort. So I quickly adjusted my behavior.”
“I rejected any role that even had a kissing scene and talked about that choice deliberately in interviews. I emphasized how bookish I was and how serious I was. And I cultivated an elegant way of dressing. I built a reputation for basically being prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious, in an attempt to feel that my body was safe and that my voice would be listened to.”
“I wasn’t willing to do that. It wasn’t the right thing for me to do at the time. I wasn’t willing to put myself in a sexual role when I was 13 or 14, and I still wouldn’t do it now. There was nudity and sex involved, and I think that there’s enough exploitation out there. It’s not necessary to do more of that.”
Though it is not the first time an actress opened up about the objectification of women’s body and gender inequality, we all wish this to be the last one.