During ‘Thor: The Dark World’ press day, Natalie spoke to Mania journalists about the challenges of The Dark World, as well as the last two decades of her career.
Question: In the first film, Jane was very much a spectator, whereas this time she’s right in the middle of Thor’s world. Was that part of what excited you about the prospect of coming back?
Natalie Portman: It was exciting to get to come back on a general level. I had such a wonderful experience on the first film, and it was great to get to work with Chris [Hemsworth] and Kat [Dennings] again. As far as going to Thor’s world, the best part was getting to work more with actors who I hadn’t done much with in the first film. Tom Hiddleston in particular was amazing to work with, but to have scenes with Rene [Russo] and Anthony [Hopkins], too, was just amazing. There was definitely a lot of laughing, maybe too much laughing on set.
Q: We asked Chris Hemsworth about shooting in London. How different is it filming in the UK as opposed to shooting in Hollywood?
NP: It’s hard to compare because we don’t really shoot in Hollywood at all these days. I love working here, though, and I’m a little envious of British actors and British crews because they can always work close to home. American and Australian actors, we end up like gypsies: moving from movie to movie, changing cities all the time. You can really have such a fulfilling, wonderful rich career in London, between the theatre, the TV here, and the film. It’s pretty cool to get to live and work in the same place.