In a recent interview, Natalie Portman revealed her kids have yet to see their mom as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars.
Star Wars prequels star Natalie Portman is opening up about her life as a mom now that her upcoming children’s book, Natalie Portman’s Fables, is set to come out on Oct. 20. Portman is the mother of two children: one girl, age 3, and a boy, age 9, and it has to be pretty cool to have a mom who’s been a part of the Star Wars universe, the Marvel universe, and so much more.
And while Portman has all of these accomplishments under her belt, there’s something she hasn’t yet shown her little ones: the Star Wars prequels. Portman revealed this in an interview with Fatherly (via Yahoo News), sharing that her kids don’t quite know the power of Padmé Amidala just yet.
In the interview, when asked about how she looks back on being in the Star Wars films, she revealed:
It’s so fun to be part of something that kids relate to so much. I haven’t shown my kids the movies yet — I think it’s so weird for them to think of me as anything other than their mom. They’ve seen the recent Star Wars movies that I am not in — my son has, my daughter, is too young. It feels really lucky to be part of something that’s every child’s imaginary world. It’s very exciting to be able to impress my kids a little bit.
While it may be a bit of a shock to know her kids haven’t seen her movies yet, it makes sense. For one, the prequels aren’t necessarily the best movies to have a young child sit down and watch for two hours, regardless of if your parent is in it or not. (There’s honestly plenty more kid-friendly content elsewhere on Disney+.)
And really, of course, it’s Portman and her family’s decision to do what they want to do and watch what they want to watch. In fact, in the interview, Portman said she’s been a big proponent of reading to her kids and having them learn about all types of subjects. Education always comes first, so the movies can wait!
Still, often, you see celebrity kids who really aren’t fazed by their parent’s fame anyway. While to some, it might be an awesome thing to imagine having the Padmé Amidala as your mom, but it may not be as exciting if you’re actually in that position… All that to say, while it may come as a shock, Portman’s decision totally makes sense. Since her son has already seen the new movies, maybe she’s still preparing to raise the next generation of Star Wars fans. It’ll just take some time. We’ve seen that with her on-screen daughter Carrie Fisher, whose real-life daughter, Billie Lourd, appeared in the sequel films. So it’s quite possible that at some point, Portman’s kids may actually want to follow in the same Star Wars footsteps as their mom.
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