Portman said she grew so accustomed to the brusqueness of the French, she was startled by how friendly people on the street were in Los Angeles.
“I didn’t realize I got used to it until I got here and I was so surprised,” she told the talk show host. “Everyone smiles a lot here. It’s so nice. They’re more cool in France.”
Her comments are a stark contrast from her appearance on the “Tonight Show,” in 2013. She gushed about living in France. Her husband had just been named director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
“I’m really excited,” she told host Jimmy Fallon. “It’s obviously a beautiful place to live.”
Portman said she could speak little French only enough to get by, but added “If you make the effort I find they are very, very kind and appreciate an American accent.”
Um… after living there, maybe not.
“I feel there’s a lot of rules of politeness and codes of behavior there you have to follow,” she said. “It’s a lot looser here. You care about making the person next to you comfortable because you want them to feel good.”
The French have a reputation for rudeness, but other say its only a stereotype.
Portman hit the show to promote her latest movie “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” She wrote, stars in and directed the picture about Israeli author Amos Oz
She’s also appearing in a racy French film, “Planetarium,” with 16-year-old Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of actor Johnny Depp and French singer Vanessa Paradis.
They do a nude bathtub scene together and share a cigarette in the film, although she is vehemently anti-smoking. The new trailer was released yesterday (Aug. 25)
Check out her talk show appearances below, including one from three years ago with Jimmy Fallon.
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