Natalie Portman has defended the Star Wars prequels and Léon: The Professional against criticism. The actor starred as Padmé Amidala in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith, and as Mathilde in The Professional, which was her first feature film. 

Portman spoke to Variety (opens in new tab) about returning as Jane Foster to the MCU in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, and revealed that the negative reception to Thor: The Dark World did not affect her decision. “I mean, I had it with The Professional too,” she said. “It was slaughtered critically, and now, despite having been in Marvel and Star Wars movies, it’s the main thing people come up to me about. That and Star Wars are two examples of things that when they came out, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, this is a disaster.’ And then 20 years later – actually, 30 years later for The Professional – it’s beloved.”

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