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She was later cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (released in 1999, 20).
Born in Jerusalem to an Israeli father and American mother, Portman grew up in Jericho, New York from the age of three.
Portman nodded a bit uncomfortably, stating that it "dictated a lot of my choices afterwards 'cos it scared me..made me reluctant to do sexy stuff, especially when I was young".Her performance as Alice in Closer earned her a Supporting Actress Golden Globe as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.and was voted Favorite Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards.She studied dancing and acting in New York, and starred in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace while still at high school on Long Island.In 1999, Portman enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology, alongside her work as an actress; she completed a bachelor's degree in 2003.
Following production on The Phantom Menace, she initially turned down a lead role in the film Anywhere but Here after learning it would involve a sex scene, but director Wayne Wang and actress Susan Sarandon (who played Portman's mother in the film) demanded a rewrite of the script.