The real Natalie

The real Natalie

In the October issue of Her World, this A-list actress talks about doing charity work and what effect motherhood has had on her. Here is an excerpt from the piece by Genevieve Jiang. 

Natalie Portman may be one of the most sought-after actresses on the planet currently, but there is a side of the Hollywood superstar that is unexpectedly... real.

Confession No. 1: She goes out and is caught on camera without make-up - almost all the time. "Yes, it's a habit that makes some people scream," she says with a laugh.

Confession No. 2: She picks at her skin - almost constantly. "My mum is like: 'Stop touching your face!' Yup, that's pretty bad."

Confession No. 3: No eight-step beauty routine for this A-lister. Hers is surprisingly pared down and simple. "I cleanse and moisturise, drink water and try to get enough sleep. That's it."

I meet the Oscar-winning star in Tokyo to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of the world's most iconic lipsticks, Rouge Dior, for which Portman is the latest face.

Clad in a bright red Dior dress with her hair tucked neatly behind her ears, the 32-year-old is a picture of elegance and glamour. Her choice of lip colour - a hot red Rouge Dior - and a shade she associates with "passion, confidence, seduction and strength".

"I love wearing red lipstick especially when I'm in Paris, or when I'm on a dinner date or out dancing with my hubby. It makes me feel very womanly," Portman says. And that is as far as smooth PR-speak goes.

Throughout our 20-minute interview, I am pleasantly surprised by how likeably down-to-earth, and practically normal, the actress comes across.

Ask her to describe herself in five words, and Portman draws a blank. "Erm... worried, happy, tired," she says, then pauses and laughs awkwardly. "I don't know why this is so hard for me (another pause). Curious, and possibly, smiley?"

What about the things she cannot leave home without? Like you and me, these are her handphone and wallet, of course.

Her beauty must-have? Nothing fancy.

Just pawpaw ointment, a humble, affordable multipurpose cream-gel - it can be used as a lip balm or a moisturiser, or to soothe irritated skin - that can be found in pharmacies.

"It's great for mums. Sometimes, I use it on my son too."

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