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Natalie Portman Doesn't Like To Play Jewish Women, Girlfriends

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:05 PM ET

Natalie Portman Elle Uk
Natalie Portman covers Elle UK.

Natalie Portman covers February's Elle UK, and in her interview she discusses the sorts of roles she doesn't like to take on--overtly Jewish characters, one-dimensional girlfriends and sex bombs.

Earlier this year Jerusalem-born Natalie broke one of her rules and played a Hasidic bride in 'New York, I Love You.' She now stars in the war drama 'Brothers' opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire.

On playing Jewish characters:

"I've always tried to stay away from playing Jews. I get like 20 Holocaust scripts a month, but I hate the genre. That was the first thing to come my way (New York, I Love You) that really intrigued me."

On rom-com roles:

"It wasn't that I didn't want to do comedy. It's just that I would only get offered girlfriend parts in guy comedies, which aren't exciting to me, or those offensive roles in romantic comedies where the woman has to have a job in fashion so that she can have nice clothes, and her goal is always marriage."

On her role as a precocious 12-year-old in 'Leon' ('The Professional'):

"There was a lot of controversy about the whole Lolita thing. My parents were super-protective about it, but I got a lot of weird letters. It was really upsetting. I didn't want to be seen as a sex object, so I went in the opposite direction. I'm definitely not a prude about sex or nudity, I just don't want to do something that will end up as a screen grab on a porn site."

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