With the premiere of her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, Natalie Portman tells the story of the State of Israel, which illuminates a topic deeply important to Portman: her Jewish faith.
Her faith is even challenging Portman’s idea of what it means to be successful in Hollywood. For example, she recently told The Hollywood Reporter why she doesn’t display the Oscar she won for Black Swan. “I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshipping false idols. And [Oscar trophies are] literally, like, gold men. This is literally worshipping gold idols—if you worship it. … It’s a false idol.”