Natalie Portman says Time’s Up allowed her to make friends in movie industry

The 38-year-old actress claims she’s never had any friends in her industry for the entire two and a half decades of her career.

FILE: US actress and director Natalie Portman. Picture: NataliePortman.com/Facebook.

LONDON - Natalie Portman says the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements have allowed her to make friends in the movie industry for the first time in 25 years.

The 38-year-old actress claims she’s never had any friends in her industry for the entire two and a half decades of her career but is now starting to form connections with other women because the recent movements - which came as a result of women coming together to put an end to sexual harassment - has brought people closer together.

She said: “I’ve been working for 25 years - I’ve never had friendships in my industry until now. You’re usually the [only] girl in the movie. [Time’s Up] made us come together. We’re actively gathering. Just the power of us getting to know other women in our own industry and sharing information that can help us be safer, more productive, more successful.”

Although she feels closer to other actresses because of the two movements, the Annihilation actress hasn’t had any terrible experiences of her own and thinks it’s a weird, privileged position to be in.

She added: “I was able somehow to not have an experience like that, so it’s definitely a weird, privileged place to hold. Learning what so many women have been through and are going through right next to me ... It was completely shocking to know that they were going through that.”

The Black Swan star also spoke about the wider political climate overall and claimed nobody seems to care about anything in the world any more.

Speaking to the December 2018 issue of Vanity Fair, she said: “Does anyone care about anything? It’s just constant, you know? Acts of violence are put in the same breath as a pop star’s breakup! Who cares about anything anymore? Our president literally had an affair with a porn star and no one cares.”