What she remembers best about Maryland is the pink carpet and her dolls. "It's very odd," she says, "because I don't remember ever talking to my parents about sex ... But she rebuffs my suggestion that she picked this up from her father's job. "Those all are pretty sexy people," she says with a grin. But, I mean, I guess someone can still be sexy even if they're married.
"My peers here are pretty frickin' accomplished," she says.
Since there is no space to hang the rug on the wall, as she'd prefer, the rug is turned upside down on her floor, so that the backstage tufts of its creation head upward into the room; that's how she likes it best.
For her first two years of college, Portman lived on campus, sharing a bedroom. "I really missed that time when I could just stay up late and read and play the kind of music that I want." Her current apartment is very modest.
"They hold the keys to wisdom in their innocence, or are so creepily adult they make us reflect on how creepy adults are." Were you aware of that at the time? (Asked which of her movies she's most proud of, she picks these first two, and only one since — the mother-daughter drama with Susan Sarandon, last summer in New York.) Portman has only ever worked in the summer holidays (except when she played Anne Frank on Broadway, when she would go to school as usual during the day).
She tended to find herself playing small parts in fairly prestigious movies: Michael Mann's prequels allows her to maintain her ambivalence about acting while making sure that she has a healthy career after college if she wants it. ' They seem really fake." Do you think you grew up too fast? The problem with most child actors is that they think they're grown up. And when they get to be older, they're not as grown up as their peers, because they just thought they were." e head for Portman's small apartment, near campus.
I don't go wagging my boobs around in people's faces. "Today's paper is used to pick up tomorrow's poop — right? ..." "I mean, Patrick Swayze was sex for me," she says. It's all about the jaw." There were other fixations, such as New Kids on the Block. That's sort of sketchy when celebrities just call and ask you out." Portman would like to make plain that this clear-stated, sensible policy may be immediately jettisoned under certain circumstances.