Portman has been one of my biggest inspirations since I first watched her performance in the film ‘Leon: The Professional’. There is something magical about Mathilda, the character she portrays, perhaps a perfect combination of innocence and boldness. Portman was only eleven when she was casted as Mathilda.
Since then, she has become one of the most accomplished actresses within the industry. While asked whether she would give up university to pursue her acting career in an interview with the New York Post in 1999, Portman replied “I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star”.
Her dedication to education while pursuing a career in acting is truly inspirational as many perceive a career as superior to education. As someone who believes in education , I find Portman’s drive to learn a sigh of relief in what is a job driven world.