Actress Natalie Portman revealed how she felt ‘sexualized’ by the film industry as a child actress in Hollywood.
Portman said that being cast in sexualized roles as a child made her feel ‘unsafe’ due to, among other things, the attention of unnamed ‘older men.’
Portman made the remarks during an appearance on a Podcast run by former ‘Scrubs’ star Dax Shepard.
As The Daily Wire reports:
“Being sexualized I think took away from my own sexuality because it made me afraid,” she said, as reported by Fox News.
“It’s a complicated thing. You’re told as a girl and a woman that you’re supposed to want that and it’s a good thing people thinking you’re attractive or people thinking you’re sexy or beautiful or precocious, like these words we use around young girls in particular. Then it’s complicated because it doesn’t make you necessarily feel good or always feel safe,” she said.
“It made me feel like the way I could be safe is I’m conservative and I’m serious and you should respect me, and I’m smart,” Portman said. “Whereas [at] that age, you do have your own sexuality and you do have your own desire and you do want to explore things…but you don’t feel safe necessarily when there’s older men interested.”…
Natalie Portman has been open about her experience as a child star ever since the #MeToo movement took the world by storm. Speaking with PEOPLE in 2018, she talked about her experience as a child star being sexualized by people who should have known better.