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Natalie Portman Apologizes to Jessica Simpson for ‘Virgin’ in a Bikini Comment – TheWrap

Natalie Portman Apologizes to Jessica Simpson for ‘Virgin’ in a Bikini Comment – TheWrap

Natalie Portman has apologized to Jessica Simpson after being accused of body shaming the singer in a recent interview. “I would never intend to shame anybody and that was absolutely not my intention,” Portman told Entertainment Tonight Wednesday night. “I was really talking about mixed media messages out there for young women and completely apologize for…


Natalie Portman has apologized to Jessica Simpson after being accused of body shaming the singer in a recent interview.

“I would never intend to shame anybody and that was absolutely not my intention,” Portman toldEntertainment Tonight Wednesday night. “I was really talking about mixed media messages out there for young women and completely apologize for any hurt it may have caused because that was definitely not my intention.”

The offending comments came while Portman, who plays a fictional pop star in her new film “Vox Lux,” was praising Madonna for being a strong role model for young girls when she was growing up.

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“I felt really lucky to have her as a little kid, because I saw someone who was brazen and disobedient and provocative and trying to mess with people and always changing — I thought it was a great thing to see in a woman growing up,” she toldUSA Today.

But Portman juxtaposed her compliment by criticizing the mixed messages that Simpson sent out early in her career. “I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying ‘I’m a virgin’ while wearing a bikini, and I was confused. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl,”  the Oscar-winner said.

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The accidental jab did not go unnoticed by Simpson, who voiced her dismay on Twitter Wednesday.

“@Natalieportman I was disappointed this morning when I read that I ‘confused’ you by wearing a bikini in a published photo taken of me when I was still a virgin in 1999,” Simpson, now a 38-year-old mother of two. “As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in.”

The daughter of a minister, Simpson first rose to fame as a teen pop star before entering the reality TV world on “Newlyweds” during her short-lived marriage to 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey. She’s since remarried and rebuilt her career around a successful fashion empire and is pregnant with her third child.

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Portman, herself a child model and actress, went on double down on her apology to Simpson.

“What I said was I was confused by mixed messages when I was a young girl growing up, and there are a lot of messages for how women should be, and women should be allowed to do whatever they want,” she said, adding: “It is a mistake to say anyone’s name,” she says. “I could have made my message without naming.”

“Vox Lux,” which also stars Jude Law, Stacy Martin and Christopher Abbott, opens on Dec. 7 in limited release before expanding everywhere on Dec. 14.

See Simpson’s full tweet below.

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– Jessica Simpson (@JessicaSimpson)December 5, 2018

Evolution of Natalie Portman, From ‘Léon: The Professional’ to ‘Vox Lux’ (Photos)


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    Since making it onto the silver screen in “Léon: The Professional,” Natalie Portman has continued to impress and succeed under the spotlight. Let’s reflect on the actress’s iconic career trajectory.



  • Natalie Portman in

    “Léon: The Professional” (1994)

    The Israel-born model turned actress first broke onto the film scene at 13 as the Mathilda in “Léon: The Professional.” Delivering a strong performance as a vengeful apprentice for Jean Reno’s skilled Léon, Portman snagged her first major acting credit – and an impressive one at that.

    Gaumont Buena Vista International


  • Natalie Portman in

    “Beautiful Girls” (1996)

    Two  years later, Portman showcased her ability to work with Hollywood bigwigs like Matt Dillon, Rosie O’Donnell and Uma Thurman. As the smart-talking, teenage Marty, Portman charmed people both on and off screen. This was one of the last roles Portman took on before venturing to the Broadway stage in “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

    Miramax Films


  • Natalie Portman in

    “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999)

    After her Broadway breakthrough and nearly five years after her impressionable film debut, Portman made her first foray into a galaxy far away. In “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” she played Queen Padme Amidala, a role she would revisit twice more down the road. After the first “Star Wars” prequel, the actress took yet another break from acting to pursue a psychology degree at Harvard University. She graduated in June 2003.

    Lucasfilm


  • Natalie Portman in 'Garden State' (2004)

    “Garden State” (2004)

    After her graduation and reprising her role as Queen Amidala for the second installment of the “Star Wars” prequels in 2002, Portman starred alongside Zach Braff for “Garden State” as Samantha, a pathological liar. At the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, Portman saidshe felt insecureabout the film for portraying a manic pixie dream girl.

    Fox Searchlight Pictures


  • Natalie Portman in

    “Closer” (2004)


    Later that same year, the actress played the seductive, yet elusive, Alice in Mike Nichol’s 2004 film “Closer.” In 2005, Portman secured a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

    Columbia Pictures


  • Natalie Portman in 'V for Vendetta' (2005)

    “V for Vendetta” (2005)

    After her final take as Queen Amidala in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” Portman played a worthy accomplice to yet another killer in “V for Vendetta.” As Evey Hammond, Portman displayed impressive, award-winning vulnerability, as she also rocked a shaved head.

    Warner Bros.


  • Natalie Portman in 'The Other Boleyn Girl' (2008)

    “The Other Boleyn Girl” (2008)

    After Queen Amidala, Portman played another product of royalty in Justin Chadwick’s “The Other Boleyn Girl.” In the historical drama about the royal love-triangle of sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Portman showcased the grace and vulnerability she’s been revered for in past works.

    Columbia Pictures


  • Natalie Portman in

    “Black Swan” (2010)

    As if Portman’s career wasn’t noteworthy enough, the actress rustled some feathers and brought home an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award for her work in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” It was on set of this chilling film that Portman met her husband, dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

    Fox Searchlight Pictures


  • Natalie Portman in

    “Thor” (2011)

    Portman took her first steps into the Marvel-verse playing astrophysicist Jane Foster, the hammer-wielding god’s love interest in “Thor.” Though we’ve enjoyed seeing Portman taking the driver’s seat in films, she still found ways to shine in this co-star role.

    Marvel Studios


  • “A Tale of Love and Darkness” (2016)

    More than 20 years after her acting debut, Portman made her directorial debut with “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” The movie, in which the actress also starred, harkens back to Portman’s Israeli roots and her passion for the state. She plays the mother of Israeli writer Amos Oz, whose works Portman saidshe admires

    Focus World


  • Natalie Portman in

    “Jackie” (2016)

    In 2016, Portman received an Oscar nomination for her performance as former first lady Jackie Kennedy. The film follows the aftermath of President John Kennedy’s brutal assassination and focuses on Jackie’s efforts to console a grieving family and define legacy for both her husband and herself. 

    Fox Searchlight Pictures


  • Natalie Portman in Paramount Pictures

  • Vox Lux

    “Vox Lux” (2018)

    The Hollywood star ends 2018 on a high note as Celeste, a New York pop superstar. Working her way towards an awaited comeback, the singer faces personal scandals and internal conflict in all her foul-mouthed, faux-hawked glory.

    Courtesy of TIFF

Young assassin, prima ballerina, First Lady and pop superstar — in Natalie Portman we trust

Since making it onto the silver screen in “Léon: The Professional,” Natalie Portman has continued to impress and succeed under the spotlight. Let’s reflect on the actress’s iconic career trajectory.

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