Natalie Portman has given consistently spectacular performances throughout her 20+ year career as an A-list actress. Her performances range from the career-defining, as seen in her portrayal of a woman desperately trying to achieve perfection with her Academy Award-winning performance in 2010’s Black Swan or 2016’s nominated Jackie. She also doesn’t shy away from silly flicks like Your Highness or playing Ashton Kutcher‘s freaking friend with benefit! If Natalie Portman appears in anything, you are in for a treat.
Millie Bobby Brown experienced her breakout role portraying Eleven in the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things and at only 13 years old at the time of this article, Brown seems to be on a trajectory headed for greatness. Portman was 13 when she starred in her breakout role as Mathilda in Luc Besson‘s 1994 brilliant crime drama, Léon: The Professional. Brown’s feature film debut is slated to be in the highly anticipated sequel, Godzilla: King Of Monsters.
Here are three similarities shared between the two incredible actresses. If she continues choosing great roles and staying all-around incredible, we may be having similar Oscar talks for Brown as we’ve been having for Portman.
1. Being An Incredible Talent At An Early Age
This is arguably the most important aspect to Brown. Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Mathilda in The Professional is up there in the discussion for the greatest child acting of all-time. Young Portman took that incredibly intimidating role and managed to hold her own against acting heavyweights. One of the reasons (among many) why Brown is so beloved in Stranger Things is because of how she managed to take the role of Eleven and make it entirely her own. The role requires a tremendous amount of work that ranges from major emotionally-heavy sequences to the light-hearted fun moments many 13 year old actresses can simply not pull off the way Brown has.
2. Fantastic Interviewing Skills
Natalie Portman’s appearances on the iconic Late Show With David Letterman spanned two decades leading up to his final show in 2015. In 1996, a 14 year old Portman appeared on the show and in the very beginning of the interview she made a quick yet hilarious jab at Letterman’s age (~0:46):
“I’ve been alive as long as your show’s been going on…”
Appearing on televised talk shows can be wildly intimidating for anyone, let alone a young person. Having the ability to banter with a host is a talent in and of itself and for what we have seen thus far with Brown, she is slaying in the interview department.
From showcasing her inner Nicki Minaj by rapping on Jimmy Fallon to her recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the man who (interestingly enough) took over the gig from Letterman, Brown’s humor is another trait of hers that makes you want to see her succeed. Watching her describe her terror for bungalows is just fantastic (~3:51):
“It’s a house with no stairs…”
3. They. Look. Exactly. The. Same.
Anyone who claims Millie Bobby Brown and Natalie Portman does not share similar facial features is a liar. Does looking like your celebrity counterpart say something about one’s professional talent? No. Is it something fun to bring up when discussing how fantastic Millie Bobby Brown is? Yes.
Please view the conclusions of my scientifically-conducted googling:
Exhibit A: Short Hair, Don’t Care
Exhibit B: This comparison garnered a “whoa!”
Exhibit C: Portman at 13 Years Old, Brown at 12.
Exhibit D: Brown at the Golden Globe Awards rocking a similar facial expression as Portman in Jackie.
Final Exhibit: After posing a challenge to disagree with her, I simply cannot argue with this Twitter user.
Regardless what Millie Bobby Brown decides to pursue in the future, I am sure we all want to see this bright and intelligent talent succeed in whatever she strives for. Natalie Portman also isn’t going anywhere, I will look forward to every single project she announces from here to eternity.