Natalie Portman started out as a child actress, and that means she was exposed to the public and the media from a very young age. That being said, during her speech at the Women’s March today, the star revealed that she was sent a sick rape fantasy story when she was no older than 13 as part of her fan mail!
Soon after her very first acting project The Professional was released, Portman started to receive things like letters from fans and was as you can imagine thrilled about it.
‘I excitedly opened my first fan mail to read a rape fantasy a man had written me,’ Natalie started at the Women’s March that took place today, January 20.
As shocking as that story is, it wasn’t even the last time she was ever objectified or sexually harassed despite the fact that she was barely a teen.
‘A countdown started on my local radio to my 18th birthday, euphemistically the date that I’d be legal to sleep with. Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews. I understood quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I was to express myself sexually, I’d feel unsafe — and that men would feel entitled to talk about and objectify my body to my discomfort,’ Portman went on.
That is absolutely disgusting! In order to avoid uncomfortable situations like that, the actress revealed how she started to consciously change her behavior just to feel like her body was really her own.
‘I felt the need to cover my body and inhibit my expression and work in order to send my own message to the world that I am someone worthy of safety and respect. The response to my expression, from comments about my body to more threatening statements, served to control my behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism.’
Fortunately, a big number of Hollywood female actors have been using their voices to make sure the future in the industry as well as anywhere else, will be different.
The #MeToo movement encourages many to speak up and fight for a better and safer society for women out there.
Check out Natalie Portman’s entire speech and tell us what you think!