Dede's Green Scene: Natalie Portman, the Green Swan! by Dede Tabak, January 05 2011, 0 Comments

Photo courtesy of vegily via Flickr.

Who doesn’t love Natalie Portman? Whoever wrote the phrase, “men wanted her and women wanted to be her,” they must have been referring to Miss (soon to be Mrs.) Natalie Portman. She not only starred in the Star Wars prequels, but she attended Harvard University, even had some papers published in journals, and did I mention that she’s gorgeous? Yet, Portman is not only down-to-earth, but she’s for the Earth. She is quite passionate about the planet and she is definitely doing her part.

Natalie has been a vegetarian since childhood and recently upgraded to veganism after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, Eating Animals. In fact, the book inspired her so much that she wrote a review of the book for the Huffington Post. Not only does Portman not eat animals, she also doesn’t wear any. She happily abstains from fur, feathers and leather. She even launched her own vegan shoe brand in 2007 called Te Casan and after recently becoming the face for Miss Dior Cherie, Portman persuaded Dior to design a line of vegan shoes.

Portman doesn’t just talk the talk—she also walks the walk. She traveled to Rwanda with Jack Hanna to film the documentary “Gorillas on the Brink”, where they go in search of a rare mountain gorilla. She also traveled to Ecuador, Guatemala and Uganda as the FINCA Ambassador, Foundation for International Community Assistance, also known as the "World Bank for the Poor." The organization promotes microfinance, which lends money to women-owned businesses in third world countries.

Portman is also merging her worlds of acting and activism; Black Swan was an eco-friendly set and even won the Green Seal Award. There were no water bottles allowed on set, the staff received reusable canteens instead and the materials used for craft services were biodegradable. Well, Natalie Portman may be a black swan it the movies, but she’s always been green.