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Natalie Portman says she was sexualized as a child star and felt ‘unsafe’

Natalie Portman opened up about the fact that sexualized as a child star, and how her feel unsafe.
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Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman opened up about what it was like to be a child star and how the society treats its young celebrities.

Portman, 37, who stars in the new film “Vox Lux” as Celeste, a pop-star, who survived a horrific event as a teenager, recently revealed that the piece of the first fan mail that she ever received was when she was a budding 13-year-old actress. It was a “rape fantasy” written and directed by a man.

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“I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually I would feel unsafe and that they would feel entitled to discuss and to objectify my body, to my great discomfort,” Portman told People. “I felt the need to get my body and hinder my expression and my work to my own message to the world that I’m someone worth of safety and respect.”

The “Black Swan” star said: later, she realized later that they are sexual, but has come to terms with it.

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“I know that I was sexually oriented in the way I was photographed or illustrated, and that was not my doing,” she said. “That is a part of your public identity.”

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