Not everyone falls for Natalie Portman’s “beautiful and cultured vegan of the wispy intelligentsia” act. At a panel discussion for her latest film, Nat revealed that golden age film goddess and huge Tom Cruise fan Lauren Bacall would have utilized #unimpressed to describe her if she ever tweeted. But Lauren Bacall didn’t tweet! Lauren Bacall was one of those legendary NYC broads who didn’t suffer fools, and especially wouldn’t suffer your social media bullshizz. You would just give her a martini and a ciggie and let her cut you up with her smoky sex voice.
“I must be honest: She did not like me, but I loved her and admired her so much,” Portman said on Thursday, August 18, of Bacall at a panel discussion for A Tale of Love and Darkness, her full-length directorial debut, in which she also stars. “She sensed in me what I learned later about myself … that I had a really hard time saying what I wanted and being the boss.”
Natalie directed Bacall in the 2008 short film Eve. For her latest directorial effort about the early days of the Israeli/Palestine conflict, Portman adapted a book into a screenplay and shot it entirely in Hebrew. Ok, I can probably be a little less hainty about the “wispy intelligentsia” biggest seeing as my biggest accomplishment lately was choosing between Velveeta and Kraft. Wow, Bacall whipped her ass into shape. Portman’s baptism by fire by Bacall obviously resulted in cool shit like this. We love you, Natalie!
“When I was 26 on Eve with [Lauren Bacall] I was not decisive, and she called me out on it and was totally right,” Portman said of the short film about an elderly couple going on a date. “But she was a total pro, despite the fact that she was so unimpressed by me. She was amazing in every take.”
It’s surprising that Natalie came out of that situation alive. Bacall passed away at age 89 in 2014. We really need her back to speak her mind about the current state of film and debate whether or not to hit children with shoes when they express a liking for Kristen Stewart.
You can watch Eve here, and check out more pics of Natalie Portman in NYC Friday night in the gallery below.