WEIRDLAND: Natalie Portman buys castle home

Monday, September 07, 2009

Natalie Portman buys castle home

"Natalie Portman just purchased this “rustic castle-like” historic estate in an exclusive, secluded enclave of LA, reports In Touch. “Natalie wanted a property that had character and integrity, something that was special,” says Richard Stanley, a Coldwell Banker real estate agent in LA who specializes in architectural and historic properties.“This house is perfect for her,” he says of the gorgeous 1930s-era home that the 28-year-old actress paid more than $3 million for. “It’s a beautiful home and truly is something special. It’s the trophy home of the neighborhood.”It has four bedrooms and a private courtyard. It also includes two guest houses, perfect for visiting friends from back East, as well as her parents — her father, Avner, a fertility doctor, and her mother (and former agent), Shelley, to whom she credits much of her success. “If my career stops, if I do badly in a role or if one of my movies is a total failure, I know I’ll still have my parents. It helps me not to be afraid and to take risks,” Natalie says".Natalie’s decision to leave her family, sell her trendy Manhattan condo (it fetched nearly $7 million last November) and move to LA surprised her friends. But for the actress and Harvard grad, the timing is perfect, as she’s now ready to take on Hollywood. She’s started a filmmaker-friendly web site,, and has launched an LA-based production company named after her dog, Handsomecharlie Films. Plus, she’s set to play the female lead in "Thor". Source:

Jake Gyllenhaal bike riding in Malibu, on 4th July 2006.Natalie Portman, an elegant bicyclist.

Let's re-read another excerpt from "Interview" magazine with that blaring chit-chat between Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman (talking about cities and environment, observatories...):
PORTMAN: "Well, right now, I’m very fascinated with 1920s Berlin. I mean, probably the more interesting thing would be to go to the beginning of civilization or precivilization—like polytheistic times. It would be interesting to see what came before modern religion and culture—what circumstances created the environment or the need for it. I actually felt like I was in a time machine last week when I went with Jay-Z to the Laserium in Los Angeles (click here to learn more about the Laserium). Have you been there?

GYLLENHAAL: Is that the laser show that was at the Griffith Observatory?

PORTMAN: There’s a new one now at Hollywood and Vine. I think it’s the one that was at the observatory and it moved down there. But, dude, watching this display is like you’re in the ’70s. There were all these lasers, and out of the lasers, this man emerged with a noose. The lights were just going up and down, and side to side . . . It was like a Zeppelin show. You could just see how these lasers were once the peak of technology and why everyone was so stoked about them".

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