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Natalie Portman talks bulking up for Thor: Love and Thunder

‘I was asked to be as big as I could be’: Natalie Portman talks bulking up for Thor: Love and Thunder and compares the process to losing 20lbs for Black Swan

Natalie Portman has revealed how becoming a superhero in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder has had a transformative impact on her personal life, both in terms of her fitness regime and relationships with her children.

In a new interview with Variety, the 41-year-old discusses growing up for the role now that her character Jane Foster has turned into the Mighty Thor alongside her very muscular co-star Chris Hemsworth.

Portman compared the process to her Oscar-winning role in Black Swan, where she lost 20 pounds through diet and exercise, but instead found herself needing to gain weight and gain muscle.

“On Black Swan I was asked to get as short as possible,” she reveals. ‘Here I was asked to get as big as possible. That’s a great challenge – and also a state of mind as a woman.’

'I was asked to be as big as I could be': Natalie Portman talks about building Thor: Love and Thunder as her character Jane Foster has turned into the Mighty Thor

‘I was asked to be as big as I could be’: Natalie Portman talks about building Thor: Love and Thunder as her character Jane Foster has turned into the Mighty Thor

It was the first time Portman had been asked to gain weight for a role, and previously revealed that she lifted weights and drank protein shakes to get into superhero form.

The process of becoming a superhero has also gone well with her kids — Amalia, five, and Aleph, 11, who she shares with husband Benjamin Millepied — who were overjoyed to see their mom in action.

“I feel like this is the stage of my career where I’m really trying to impress my kids,” Portman told Variety.

“My 5-year-old and 10-year-old were so captivated by this process that they visited the set and saw me dressed in a cape. It made it really cool. You know, it’s rare for my kids to say, “Please get to work!” Usually it’s the exact opposite.’

Bulk up: The actress is now a match for her very buff co-star Chris Hemsworth

Transformation: Portman compared the process to her Oscar-winning role in Black Swan, where she lost 20 pounds through diet and exercise

Transformation: Portman compared the process to her Oscar-winning role in Black Swan, where she lost 20 pounds through diet and exercise

Elsewhere in the interview, the Leon star discusses the hot topic of pay equality, compared to the World Cup.

“It’s rare to have this side-by-side comparison where people do the exact same thing and have the same employer and their success is objective,” she explained.

“You can see who wins the World Cup, who doesn’t, how many games, how many goals. It’s quite statistically objective.’

Her co-star Tessa Thompson also praised Portman for her work on pay equality and transparency.

Cover star: Natalie appears in the latest issue of Variety where she talks about her life and career

Cover star: Natalie appears in the latest issue of Variety where she talks about her life and career

Stunning: the 41-year-old posed in a futuristic-looking ensemble for the trade magazine

Revealing: Portman spoke about both her personal and professional life in the position

Stunning: the 41-year-old posed in a futuristic-looking ensemble for the trade magazine

“Natalie is the kind of person who would call another female castmate and be transparent about what she’s making so she can help someone who is also standing up for themselves,” Thompson told Variety.

Add: “That’s like a real superhero I’ve seen Natalie do over and over.”

Portman also stressed the importance of having multiple female co-stars in the male-dominated film industry.

“There doesn’t have to be the girl in the movie,” she said. There can be many women with many different personalities and many different desires.’

Thor: Love and Thunder will be released on July 8 in the US and July 7 in the UK.

Ready for her close-up: the actress appeared fully made up in the glossy shoot

Ready for her close-up: the actress appeared fully made up in the glossy shoot

Coming Soon: Thor: Love and Thunder will be released July 8 in the US and July 7 in the UK

Coming Soon: Thor: Love and Thunder will be released July 8 in the US and July 7 in the UK

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