At the beginning there was Mathilda, the brave girl who befriends the assassin Léon (homonymous 1994 film directed by Luc Besson); twenty-two years later, with many films, awards and even a behind Oscar (for best actress for her performance in “Black Swan”), the thirty-five Natalie Portman became the first lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy (later Onassis), in new presidential biopic of Pablo Larraín. Natalie enters with stealthy step in Jackie’s psyche in the short span of four days that separate the murder of JFK – November 22, 1963 – and his funeral. To do so, wearing not only a role, but also a legacy tailoring: from suits to elegant dresses tea, from sunglasses to oversized trench coat, the Jacqueline Kennedy Larraín “is a figure that is revealed to the world through her unique, simply style and by being herself, “says the actress.
“If you are a public figure it is important to have a consistent image with the message that you would like to change the world; you have to have a genuine style that reflects you, because only then will understand people who do not mind, but you are giving a part of yourself. In my personal life, I let myself be infected by the hymn originality and self-confidence created by Jackie, but for this film, I had to go over his public image. I got to see almost any existing video on her, to listen to their interviews, to see her attend public events and to observe it in the family photo I read everything I could find. ”
And what discovered Natalie Portman at the end of this journey into the Jackie life behind the public figure? “Look at her so closely it has allowed me to get to its essence, to an extraordinary human being. I tried to reconstruct her emotions piece by piece like a collage that contains its own mystery, because no matter how hard we try, we can never be sure of really getting to know someone; each person is a plus thousands of different individuals that jump out at different times of life. ” Jackie is thus not only a reference of elegance and style. “Her sober and rigorous image of strong woman sums up her role as a mother, as a wife and first lady, that inside would crumble after the loss of her husband,” says Portman, “Jackie comes to question her faith in God, we see in her thoughts of suicide; but all this comes is held back by her extreme intelligence; she has understood what is the meaning of the men who write history through their death. I was really moved by the way, albeit crushed by grief, he puts aside his emotions to move to the world a strong message: that of a great nation that does not collapse. ”