Natalie Portman Commends Women’s Sport For Being ‘So Influential’ For Her Children

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The actress shared her excitement about bringing a National Women’s Soccer League to LA. Portman has recently invested in the Angel City Football Club expansion team. She’s been sharing the adventure with her kids.

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“Well, that’s the joy of soccer or as many people call it football, that it’s something that really brings people together and is joyful,” Portman shared, “And so, you can be supporting something like women’s equity, but also having a great time doing it. It’s just really fun.”

She talked about how important it’s been to experience the new investment with her daughter Amalia, 6, and her son Aleph, 11.

“I think that for all kids, it’s so influential to see female athletes be celebrated as they deserve. I mean, we grew up as girls being expected to idolize male athletes, and we did,” Portman added. “If you see excellence, you can be in awe of it no matter who is being excellent. So, I think that for all our kids, it really gives me tingles thinking about how different their world will be growing up with icons we have on our team.”

She went on to share how her children actually inspired her to take part in the inception of the team.

“I feel like it’s the phase of my career where I’m really trying to just impress my kids,” she shared.

Telling Stories

Portman also mentioned how her children are “enthralled by this process, getting to visit the set and see me dressed up in a cape. It made it really cool. You know, it’s very rare that my kids are like, ‘Please go to work!’ Usually, it’s quite the opposite.”

The actress talked about how much support has been shown surrounding the team’s introduction into LA. “So many people just on the street [have] come up and been so appreciative and so happy to have an NWSL team in Los Angeles.” 

An HBO special has been created about the team. Portman shares her heart for the project in the trailer.

“Sometimes you dream impossible dreams and then you kind of let them go away,” Portman says. “But then sometimes, someone you love and respect says that’s a good idea, keep going.”

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