Natalie Portman Reveals She Had “Dark Moments” To Harvard Students During Graduation Speech (VIDEO)
Natalie Portman revealed during a Class Day speech to undergraduates at Harvard on Wednesday that she had some “pretty dark moments” while she was a student there. “There were several occasions I started crying in meetings with professors, overwhelmed with what I was supposed to pull off when I could barely get out of bed in the morning,” Portman said. Watch the full video below.
The actress, who attended Harvard College from 1999 to 2003, talked to the graduating seniors about her experiences as a student, and reflected on some of her personal struggles. “It’s easy to romanticize my time here, but I had some very difficult times here,” Portman explained. “Some combination of being 19, dealing with my first heartbreak, taking birth control pills that have since been taken off the market for their depressive side affects, and spending too much time missing daylight during winter months led me to some pretty dark moments particularly during sophomore year,” said the actress.
Portman also noted in her speech that she was worried that students would assume she got into the school on her celebrity status alone. “When I got to Harvard, just after the release of Star Wars: Episode 1, I feared people would assume I had gotten in just for being famous and not worthy of the intellectual rigor here,” she said. Despite her initial doubts, she kept plugging away with her school work.
Portman advised the students to take risks in their lives, saying that she took a big chance in accepting her role in Black Swan, for which she acknowledged she was “woefully unprepared” to execute the required ballet moves. The actress expressed that sometimes taking risks in one’s life can pay off in the end. “The point is, if I had known my own limitations, I never would have taken the risk, and the risk led to one of my greatest personal and professional achievements,” said Portman, who won an Oscar for her work in Black Swan.
Watch the video below of Natalie Portman’s keynote speech during Harvard’s Class Day, and tell us what you think.