Natalie Portman would fear Jackie Kennedy's thoughts on her movie portrayal

2nd Dec 16 | Entertainment News

The actress is impressed at how put together Jackie Kennedy remained in the immediate aftermath of her husband, President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman would be "terrified" to hear what the real Jackie Kennedy thought about her movie portrayal if the former U.S. First Lady was still alive.

The Black Swan star has received largely positive reviews for her take on the widow of tragic President John F. Kennedy in the biopic Jackie, which chronicles the former First Lady's actions in the aftermath of her husband's shocking 1963 assassination, but despite the warm response from critics, the actress still has her doubts about what the late book editor would make of the film, because she holds Jackie Kennedy in such high regard.

"I'd be terrified (to hear her thoughts on the movie)," she admitted on U.S. breakfast show Today. "I have a lot of reverence for her and I think, you know, we're not presenting this as a history book, it's not a documentary, it's definitely a lot of imagination involved."

Portman reveals much of her admiration for Kennedy stems from the way she remained strong in public and took charge after the President's death, and had the presence of mind to think about the needs of the nation at such a difficult time.

"It's really impressive to see someone then who's thinking so much about their image, even when they're (in crisis)," she explained. "(It's) impressive because she knew how much the image meant to the entire nation and how much it meant symbolically, and how much it meant for national identity what she would construct, even in this really terrible moment for her."

Jackie died in 1994, aged 64.

The biopic, directed by Pablo Larrain, also stars John Hurt, Richard E. Grant, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Caspar Phillipson as the President, and Peter Sarsgaard as his brother, Robert F. Kennedy.

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