Natalie Portman says she felt like 'the outsider' trying 'to fit in' on the 'Thor: Love and Thunder' set
(L-R): Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder.Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios
Natalie Portman said she feels like the "new kid" making Thor: Love and Thunder.
Portman's co-stars and director had all worked on 2017's Thor: Ragnarok without her.
Portman added that she feels like both a "veteran" and a "newcomer."
Natalie Portman said she felt like an "outsider" when she first walked the set of Thor: Love and Thunder.
The film, which opens in theaters Friday, is Portman's first full-length appearance in a Marvel film since 2013's Thor: The Dark World. While in previous films Portman's character, Jane Foster, was Thor's love interest, in " Love and Thunder, "She's adapting to be a heroine.
Portman told Vogue Australia that it was "amazing" and "surreal" to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after almost a decade.
However, the actress noted that she felt like she had to "figure out how to fit in" because her co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, as well as director Taika Waititi, all worked together on the previous Thor movie Ragnarok .
"It's so weird when something's very familiar, but you're also kind of like the new kid," the Marvel star said. "Because Chris and Tessa and Taika had worked together on 'Ragnarok' and they had done it so successfully and it was like they were all getting back together and I was this newbie in there trying to figure out how to fit in."
(L-R) Korg (Taika Waititi), Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the Thor: Love and Thunder trailer. Marvel Studios
Portman continued, "But they're also just the nicest people, plus I know Chris and Tessa so well from previous work together, and I'd also done 'Thor' movies twice before. So there was a lot of familiarity and comfort in that world too, but it was this weird mix of being the veteran and the newcomer at the same time. I was there at the beginning. But at the same time you are the outsider of this group."
The experience wasn't entirely new to Portman, having worked with both Hemsworth on previous Thor films and Thompson on the 2018 film Annihilation.
Portman also told Vogue that her "favorite scenes" were when she was working with Thompson.
"There's this love and partnership that we have in real life that I think flows into our scenes together," Portman said. "And seeing that kind of sisterhood reflected on screen I think reflects our real-life experience on set, where it was so nice to be able to look at my girlfriend and say, 'What's happening here! I feel that, do you feel that too?' Just someone to laugh and talk about things with at work."
Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on Friday.
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