Natalie Portman's Sexual Terrorism Experience: Actor Talks Of Life At 13

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Natalie Portman has recently joined the crowd in Los Angeles for the Women's March and to our surprise revealed that she was sexually terrorised at the age of 13. Natalie Portman Sexual Terrorism ought to worry parents, teens and others alike about life experiences at 13.


According to her, "sexual terrorism" at that young age actually led her to feel the need to cover her body and inhibit expression, CNN reported.

The Hollywood actress over the years has received laurels for her work globally. The award-winning actress was expected to encourage the Women's March and shared her traumatic experience on Saturday.

Portman recalled the days when she turned 12 on the set of "Léon: The Professional." It was her debut film in which she played a young girl who got a hit man to avenging the murder of her parents, she explained.

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A year later after the movie was released she received a first fan letter which was intended as a "rape fantasy" from a man.

"A countdown was started on my local radio show to my 18th birthday -- euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with," she said. "Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews. 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."

She expressed that very moment made her feel adjusted in behavioral action, even though she rejected roles with kissing scenes. She had to get out of the "bookish and serious" side of her and converted it to a reputation as a "prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious" young woman. She transformed her characters in order to feel her body was safe and her voice heard.

She expressed that very moment made her feel adjusted in behavioral action, even though she rejected roles with kissing scenes.

"At 13 years old, the message from our culture was clear to me," she said. "I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work in order to send my own message to the world that I'm someone worthy of safety and respect. The response to my expression, from small comments about my body to more threatening deliberate statements, served to control my behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism."

Portman is playing the role of Jackie Kennedy in the much awaited biopic about the former US First Lady.

We are proud of Portman for bringing this issue to light.


Feature Image Courtesy: Hollywood Reporter

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