Natalie Portman Finds It ‘Upsetting’ to Be Part of Manic Pixie Dream Girl Trope

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In a new Vanity Fair cover story, Natalie Portman revisits the major touchstones of her career — her thrilling (and increasingly relevant!) turn in Jackie, her start as a teenage assassin in Léon: The Professional, how Black Swan was a major turning point in her career, but also important to how she changed her approach to acting. Without naming names or specific movie titles, Portman does mention one regret: being cast as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. “I was very lucky that what I was cast in wasn’t anything deliberate — serious adult fare and not child-appropriate things,” she told the magazine. “But I feel like I totally ended up in female tropes, like Lolita. And clearly I was part of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl coining. I find it very upsetting to be part of that.” Rest assured: Vox Lux is nothing of the sort.

Natalie Portman: Being Manic Pixie Dream Girl Is ‘Upsetting’