Good Girls Gone Bad: Natalie Portman, 'Closer'Britt Hayes |
Natalie Portman didn't necessarily start off her career as your typical good girl -- her first role was in 'The Professional,' where she plays a young girl adopted by an assassin, and the two form a strange and unlikely relationship in the violent drama -- in one memorable scene, she dresses up as Madonna and Marilyn Monroe with bras and sexy dance moves. But following that, Portman went down the straight and narrow, choosing interesting, but mostly vanilla roles in films like 'Where the Heart Is,' 'Garden State,' and her part as Queen Amadala in the 'Star Wars' prequels. It wasn't until 2004 when she starred in the Mike Nichols drama 'Closer' that Portman got more provocative and interesting in her choices. In the film, Portman plays Jane, a stripper involved in a love quadrangle with Jude Law, Julia Roberts, and Clive Owen. Since then, Portman's roles have been more challenging and engaging, with her participation in 'V for Vendetta' and more recently, 'Black Swan.'