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"I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star."---Potman quoted in USA Today, November 14, 1994.

"I think school is so much harder than real life. People are so much more accepting when they are adults."---Natalie Portman quoted in Premiere 1995

"I don't know if I'll ever be able to do nudity in film, and certainly not when I'm 14. I just hope for the girl who's in it [newcomer Dominique Swain] that they keep it as a look in this man's head, and don't make it a sexy thing."---Portman on turning down the title role in Adrian Lyne's "Lolita" to Entertainment Weekly, January 26, 1996.

"The scenes with her were the scenes I looked forward to the most, because I knew there would be real clarity coming from her. She knew what she wanted, but she was also extremely free in the choices she made. Every take was different. Some people do the same thing over and over again, but Natalie really listens, so if I did something different in take two, she made these beautiful adjustments. To do that at the age of 44 is extraordinary, but at 13 ... "---Co-star Timothy Hutton on working with Portman in "Beautiful Girls" as quoted in Vanity Fair, May 1999.

"She has this kind of unembarrassed idealism... I really love the fact that this queen is a young woman. Young girls don't have that kind of role model in their life, in real life or reflected on film. Girls are losing a lot of confidence in themselves as the years go on. They become much more worried about their looks than their intelligence, their personality, their kindness, their souls."---Portman on Queen Amidala, her character in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" to Boston Herald, May 17, 1999.

"I never do more than two projects a year. I like it like that. I don't think I have the capacity to move from one thing to the other too quickly... I need three months to recharge before I can take on another role."---Portman to Peter Sarsgaard her co-star in "Garden State" in Interview July 2004

"I'm trying to just have a little bit more fun and not be so measured."---Portman to Biography, Summer 2004.

"I just feel that I have a different life experience from anyone I know. I definitely had a period where I was conformist, the high school years when you just want to fit in. But at the same time, as an artist, you want to keep things strange. It's comforting to be different, because you look at the world from such a different perspective than other people. And that's what makes art, a unique perspective."---Portman to Premiere, March, 2005.

"She's magic, she's funny, she's cute, she's sexy, she's intelligent, her beauty is aberrant. When you look at her, you just get it. She can go all the way."---producer Joel Silver on Portman, as quoted in W, May 2005.

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