With an Oscar for Black Swan under her belt, perhaps Natalie Portman feels its time to put her feet up and relax with some less serious roles for a change. The actress, who has long received critical acclaim for her dramatic roles, is set to star in two two ‘stoner comedies’. The first, Your Highness, is released this month, while the just-announced Best Buds will have to wait until after the birth of her child this summer. And Natalie, 29, says it’s an area she has quite a bit of experience in, from her days at Harvard University.
‘I love stoner comedies. I smoked weed in college, but I haven’t smoked in years,’ she has told Entertainment Weekly. ‘I’m too old. I wish I was that cool, but I’m like an old lady now. I’m in bed by 10 p.m. I can’t do that anymore.’ Her comments were made before she announced her pregnancy this year. The actress graduated from Harvard in 2003 with a B.A. in Psychology. During her education there she only made two films, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and a small role in Cold Mountain.
She told the New York Post at the time: ‘I don’t care if college ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.’ But it appears Natalie did more in her dorm room than just studying. And she has enjoyed reliving her ‘stoner’ days in Your Highness, the medieval comedy in which she stars alongside James Franco and Danny McBride.
She plays Isabel, a mysterious warrior, who joins brothers Thadeous and Fabious in their quest to rescue Fabious’ bride Belladonna from an evil sorcerer. Their efforts are hindered by lazy Thadeous’ fondness for smoking weed. Natalie will produce and star in Best Buds. She will play a bride-to-be who blows off her wedding for a marijuana-fuelled road trip to San Diego with her two best friends.
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