Portman: No rules about parenting
Published 30/10/2013 | 11:51
Natalie Portman has said she feels less judgmental about what a parent should do after having her son.
The Thor actress has a two-year-old son, Aleph, and told the Daily Telegraph she felt there should be no rules on parenting.
She said: "I love being a mom. I'm less judgmental than before I had a kid. The biggest thing I've learned is that parenting is a totally different experience for every person.
"Everything is cool, there are no rules - I mean, apart from not hurting your kid. Some people breastfeed until their babies are five, and some don't breastfeed at all.
"There are no rules about what it means to be a feminist, or a good mother. For some, it's going to be right to go back to work. For others, it's going to be right to stop working completely."
Natalie said her own parents had protected her from a Hollywood life even though she started acting at 11.
"My parents were wonderful," she said. "They were completely present, completely loving, they allowed me to do what I was passionate about, and I understand now how much they protected me. I was lucky to act and have a regular household, lifestyle and friends."
But despite 21 years in the industry, Natalie admitted she was starstruck working with Anthony Hopkins on Thor: The Dark World.
She admitted: "I was completely intimidated. I kept messing up lines around him because I was so nervous, and he was so sweet about it. He made me feel at ease.
"He'd be like, 'That's a really hard line to say,' and I'd be like, 'No, I just can't get it out.' Your jaw drops on the floor watching him. He's just... man, he's a giant among actors."