Natalie Portman has appeared in blockbuster films such as Thor and Thor: The Dark World. She has also been in critically acclaimed movies such as Black Swan. However, nerds will forever remember her as Queen Padmé Amidala from the Star Wars prequels. In a recent appearance on The Late Show with Jimmy Kimmel, Portman was asked if she had let her son see Episodes I, II, and III of Star Wars. Her response was no, but not for the reason everyone might guess.
Portman explained the situation to Kimmel.
“I realized, I die in the movies. I feel like it’s kind of a scary thing to show your kid.”
Portman’s son, Aleph, is only 5 years old, so her concerns are more than justified. Portman also pointed out that her son is too young to differentiate the difference between seeing Queen Amidala die and seeing his mother die.
However, it could also be traumatic for a child to see his mother kissing another man on the big screen. Taking it a few steps further, what would a child think if he saw his mother then being force choked by the same man who was kissing her? The poor kid might start asking tough questions about where his “step-twins” are, not to mention why daddy killed those poor younglings.
Also, while the prequel series gave us Darth Maul, double-bladed lightsabers, podracing, epic saber duels, and iconic space and land battles, they pretty much sucked. The quality of the prequels alone would be reason enough to not show your children.
So if for some reason you needed another reason to love Natalie Portman, you can add that she seems like a good parent.