Natalie Portman reveals she doesn't buy clothes and holidays by train to combat climate change
As one of Hollywoods biggest stars, it would be easy to become accustomed to a luxury lifestyle of private jets and high end fashion. But its a frugal life for who repairs her clothes, tries to holiday by train and uses a car-share app in a bid to combat . The actress and fervent activist, 41, also said libraries play a big role in her family as it allows them to get joy from sharing and not owning. My is in large part an environmental choice, along with animal welfare, she told . I havent bought or used any leather or fur or animal products in 20 years.' Natalie continued: I use a car-share app that is all electric cars. I buy vintage clothes, and only if absolutely necessary, and of course repair damaged items, most recently a handbag, rather than buy a new one. When we travel, we try to organise our trips to places we can go by train; or if we have to fly, to stay long enough to justify the travel. The library plays a big role in the family consciousness as well a place where we can get joy and greater selection by sharing and not owning. Its a process, and clearly imperfect, but the consciousness is there. The Black Swan actress has two children, son Aleph, 11, and daughter Amalia, six, with her husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied. She previously co-produced Eating Animals, a film about factory farming in the US, and launched a vegan-friendly footwear line. The Israeli-American star is also an ardent social justice campaigner and was one of the founding members of the now defunct Times Up movement in 2018. She said its dissipation was really, really heartbreaking and said she finds it painful that it no longer exists. I think a lot of people made mistakes, but mistakes are deadly for activism, she said. You have to be so perfect in order to demand the change that you want to see, and I dont know, maybe acknowledging all our imperfection as humans and saying that people can do something wrong and also be good at something else, having a little bit more shades of gray might actually let us get to more progress. Natalies break out role was in Luc Bessons film, Leon: The Professional, aged X. She said it was devastating to hear allegations of sexual abuse had been levelled against him. She also said she has a complicated relationship with the 1994 film which sees her character, 12-year-old Mathilda, taken under the wing of a professional assassin. Its a movie thats still beloved, and people come up to me about it more than almost anything Ive ever made, and it gave me my career, she said. 'But it is definitely, when you watch it now, it definitely has some cringey, to say the least, aspects to it. So, yes, its complicated for me. She will next star in Todd Haynes Cannes premiere May/December.