I subscribe to Marie Claire.  I think it’s an excellent magazine for women.  It’s relevant just in the right ways.  High fashion items are not presented in an intimidating obnoxious way and it’s always introducing me to another cultures way of living and even suffering.  I look forward to it monthly and next month even more so.  Natalie Portman, one of my favorite actress is featured in their January 2010 issue.  She’s currently promoting her latest film, Brothers, a Jim Sheridan – directed drama about the effects of the war in Afghanistan on an American’s family.  Here’s an excerpt of what to expect along with a few awesome photos.

“For the most part, Portman keeps her personal life very private. Until recently, she was with the musician Devendra Banhart, but now proclaims herself to be single. She doesn’t spend her time with a posse of celebs; her closest circle of friends is still mostly made up of people from high school and college, plus a small core of women in L.A. One of these, Rashida Jones, says Portman “would fight beasts 10 times her size to protect the people she loves. She is the kind of friend who can sub in and love you through the times when you can’t necessarily love yourself.”
Portman says she was “definitely working at a young age, but there’s a whole growth in that.” She got to spend three months in France when she was 11, shooting The Professional, and on her days off her mother would take her to Monet’s house in Giverny and encourage her to come home and paint a version of what she’d seen. When she traveled to Japan for the premiere of The Professional, her parents insisted on a week off to explore the country. Portman shrugs: “OK, so I didn’t really go to high school parties,” she says, “and yeah, I didn’t touch pot till I was in my 20s. I didn’t get flat-out drunk until I went to college. But I think that’s a good thing in many ways.”

Love her.  For more on Natalie visit Marie Claire and of course pick up an issue.  (they should honestly pay me for this promo) 🙂

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