During her studies she starred in a second Star Wars film and opened in New York City's The Public Theater production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull in 2001.
Portman won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for starring in the 2004 drama Closer, appeared in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith the following year, and won a Constellation Award for Best Female Performance and the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her starring role in the political thriller V for Vendetta (2006).
In July 2001, Portman opened in New York City's Public Theater production of Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Mike Nichols; she played the role of Nina alongside Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Garden State was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and won Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards.
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.
In May 2008, Portman served as the youngest member of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival jury.In an interview with Guardian feature writer Simon Hattenstone asked if Portman was aware that because of them she was a "paedophile's dream"?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".) is an actress with dual American and Israeli citizenship.Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno.