Natalie Portman talks about bulk up for Thor: Love and Thunder

‘I was asked to be as big as possible’: Natalie Portman speaks bulk up for Thor: Love and Thunder and compares the process to when she had to lose 20 pounds for Black Swan

Natalie Portman has revealed how becoming a superhero in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder movie has had a transformative impact on her personal life, both when it comes to her fitness regime and her relationship with her children.

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

Portman compared the process to her Oscar-winning role in 2010’s Black Swan, where she famously lost 20 pounds through diet and exercise, but now had to gain and gain muscle.

‘At Black Swan, I was asked to be as small as possible,’ she reveals. ‘Here I was asked to be as big as possible. It’s a great challenge – and also a state of mind as a woman. ‘

'I was asked to be as big as possible': Natalie Portman talks about thundering up for Thor: Love and Thunder, now that her character Jane Foster has turned into Mighty Thor

‘I was asked to be as big as possible’: Natalie Portman talks about thundering up for Thor: Love and Thunder, now that her character Jane Foster has turned into Mighty Thor

It was the first time Portman had been asked to take on a role, previously revealing that she lifted weights and drank protein shakes to get into superhero form.

The process of becoming a superhero also went down well with her children – Amalia at five and Aleph at 11, whom she shares with husband Benjamin Millepied – who were thrilled to see their mother in action.

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

‘My 5-year-old and my 10-year-old were so fascinated by this process when they came to visit the set and see me dressed in a cloak. It made it really cool. You know, it’s very rare for my kids to say, “Please go to work!” Usually it is the exact opposite ‘.

Bulking 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 famously lost 20 pounds through diet and exercise

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

Elsewhere in the interview, the Leon star discusses the hot topic of profitability and compares it to the World Cup.

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

‘You can see who wins the World Cup, who does not win, how many matches, how many goals. It’s pretty statistically objective. ‘

Her co-star Tessa Thompson also praised Portman for her work toward profitability 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

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

Revealing: Portman talked about both his personal and professional life in the feature

Fantastic: 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 cast member and have transparency about what she’s doing so she can help someone speak for themselves,” Thompson informed Variety.

Adds: ‘It’s like a real superhero s ** t that I’ve seen Natalie do time and time again.’

Portman also stressed the importance of having more 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 who have many different personalities and many different desires.

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

Ready for her close-up: The actress appeared to be fully made up in the glossy shot

Ready for her close-up: The actress appeared to be fully made up in the glossy shot

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

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

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