But back in 1993, Portman was just an ambitious 11-year-old trying to make it in the acting world. She tried out for "Leon: The Professional" in New York, nailed the audition and went on to star alongside Gary Oldman and Jean Reno in the Luc Besson film.
The movie proved to be a smart start for Portman, whose next film was 1995's "Heat," directed by Michael Mann and starring Al Pacino, Val Kilmer and Robert DeNiro. Not bad, kid.
See Portman's audition (and the early efforts of 11 Hollywood stars) in the gallery below.