Actor Natalie Portman, who labored with late director Mike Nichols in a number of tasks (The Seagull, Closer), has revealed that he was the one “non-creepy” male mentor she had. The revelation befell in a latest e book on the director by Mark Harris, for which she had shared a narrative. Titled Mike Nichols: A Life, it’s a biography of probably the most celebrated artistic forces.
A report in IndieWire cites a portion from the portion of the e book the place the actor has been quoted as saying the next: “‘I was nineteen…and I hadn’t done anything I had needed to research except for Anne Frank. I’d watch Phil [Hoffman] write down question after question in his notebook, and Meryl [Streep] would make up songs to sing and put them in her pocket just in case her character suddenly wanted to burst into song.” At that second she turned to the director who was a supply of nice assist. “He the only older man who mentored me without there ever being a creepy element in it,” she mentioned.
This was in relation to the adaption of Anton Chekhov’s play The Seagull (2001). “I think he was a genuine feminist,” Portman continued as quoted within the e book. “There was nothing, nothing, nothing there except him seeing you as a creative, interesting, talented human. It is the rarest, finest quality, and not many directors of his generation had it.”
Speaking of her breakthrough position in Closer (2004) the place she essayed the position of a stripper within the latter half of the movie, the actor acknowledged that Nichols was significantly protecting and didn’t need her to do something she was not comfy with.
“What he did for me… Lord, may I have that ability to offer that kind of mentorship and guidance to one other person,” she mentioned within the e book, as per the report.