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"It definitely did come into play how strong and smart a character Carrie Fisher portrayed, because I think that a lot of that is passed on from parent to child. I think George wrote Amidala as a strong, smart character, but it helped to know that I had this great woman before me who had portrayed her character as a fiery woman."
―Natalie Portman[src]

Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag[3] on June 9, 1981[1]) portrayed Padmé Amidala in the prequel trilogy. She adopted "Portman" as her stage name in order to protect her family's identity. It is actually her maternal grandmother's maiden name.[4]

Biography[]

Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala

While pursuing her bachelor's degree in psychology at Harvard, Portman appeared in the Star Wars prequel trilogy of movies, which were filmed during her summer break from university. In her interview in the Inside the Actors Studio show, Portman stated that when her agent first told her about the new Star Wars trilogy she didn't know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek.

Many people think she and Keira Knightley look very much alike, which was the main reason that Keira got the role of Sabé, Queen Amidala's handmaiden and decoy. They looked so much like each other that during the making of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, not even their mothers could tell them apart when they both had make-up on.[5]

In a 2007 interview, she said that although she was pleased with the Star Wars work she had done, she didn't plan to work with the Star Wars universe again.[6]

Filmography[]

Year Title Contribution(s) Notes
1999 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Queen Amidala/Padmé Naberrie[7]
2002 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones Padmé Amidala,[8] Cordé[9] Uncredited as Cordé;[8] portrayed Cordé prior to the explosion[9]
2005 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Padmé Amidala[10]

Bibliography[]

Year Title Format Contribution(s)
2017 The Phantom Menace Read-Along Storybook and CD Young reader Padmé Amidala
2017 Attack of the Clones Read-Along Storybook and CD Young reader Padmé Amidala
2017 Revenge of the Sith Read-Along Storybook and CD Young reader Padmé Amidala

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