Natalie Portman says she doesn't display her Oscar award at home because it's a 'false idol'
For a lot of Hollywood stars, winning an Oscar is the ultimate dream come true. But for Israeli-born American actress Natalie Portman, winning an Oscar for Best Actress is not exactly something she spends a lot of time mulling over.
Portman received the award back in 2010 for her role as Nina Sayers in the psychological horror film Black Swan, but she admitted in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she hasn't seen her trophy in a while because she doesn't keep it on display at home.
"I don't know where it is. I think it's in the safe or something. I don't know. I mean, director Darren (Aronofsky) actually said to me something when we were in that whole thing that resonated so deeply," she explained. "I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshipping false idols. And this is literally like gold men. This is literally worshipping gold idols - if you worship it. That's why it's not displayed on the wall. It's a false idol."
Portman is mother to Aleph, and her son's name in the Hebrew alphabet means "one." The actress had earlier said that she wants to raise her son with ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied to become Jewish.
The story she shared with Aleph was about Abraham's covenant with God. According to Jewish holy texts, Abraham was born named Abram and he lived in the city of Ur. He was the child of an idol merchant, but growing up, he realised that idols did not have any power so he turned his focus on God, who called him out of Ur and promised to make his family a great nation.