On a standard day, Natalie Portman stands at 5’3”—perhaps 5’5” if she’s sporting heels. And but, within the upcoming Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder, the 41-year-old Academy Award winner towers at six ft. The studio took nice pains to make her a convincing Mighty Thor, the tremendous hero that her unique Thor character, Jane Foster, turns into when she will get her arms on the magical hammer Mjolnir. “We’d rehearse the scene, they’d see the trail, after which they’d construct a path that was like one foot off the bottom,” Portman defined in a brand new interview with Selection. “I might simply stroll on that.”
However not all of Portman’s development was a trick of the attention. When it got here to matching the Mighty Thor’s muscly physique, the producers left it as much as her. Their directions to bulk up have been the precise reverse of those she was given for an additional movie that got here to outline her profession. “On Black Swan, I used to be requested to get as small as potential,” she stated of the 2010 Darren Aronofsky movie that received her her Oscar. She ate little greater than carrots and almonds all all through pouring herself into the numerous ballet classes and rehearsals, exerting herself to the purpose that, as she put it in a earlier interview, “there have been some nights that [she] thought [she] actually was going to die.”
With Thor, it was the precise reverse: “I used to be requested to get as large as potential,” she continued. “That’s a tremendous problem—and in addition way of thinking as a girl.” To take action, she devoted 10 lengthy months to coaching, particularly specializing in her shoulders and arms. The web took observe: Followers couldn’t imagine their eyes once they received their first have a look at swole Natalie Portman within the movie’s trailer. “To have this response and be seen as large, you understand, ‘Oh, this have to be so totally different, to stroll by means of the world like this,’” she stated. “Once you’re small—and in addition, I believe, as a result of I began as a child—a number of instances I really feel younger or little or, like, a pat-on-the-head sort of particular person. And I current myself that means, too, due to that.”
Lately, Portman actually isn’t as buff as she was when filming Thor. However it will not be the final time we see her wanting as much as taking up Captain America. She and Marvel director Taika Waititi have already been brainstorming what’s subsequent for Mighty Thor.