Scarlett Johansson’s Support for Natalie Portman During Difficult Times

In 2008, the film “The Other Boleyn Girl,” featuring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, graced the silver screen.

While the period drama didn’t break the $100 million box office barrier, it did allow audiences to witness two outstanding actresses engage in on-screen confrontations.

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Portman portrayed Anne Boleyn, who vied with her older sister Mary (played by Johansson) for the affections of Henry VIII as they navigated a tale of romance and betrayal.


Both actresses delivered compelling performances, blurring the lines between good and evil due to their characters’ family-driven ambition. Yet, behind the scenes, a different story unfolded.

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Off-camera, Portman required support from her co-star Johansson to truly open up, particularly while feeling uncomfortable in her period costume.

Given that the movie’s plot revolves around 16th-century aristocrats, it’s easy to imagine the weight of their elaborate costumes.


In a 2008 interview with W Magazine, Scarlett Johansson shed light on Portman’s struggles, recalling, “Natalie would be uncomfortable in her costume and not say anything.

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She’d tell me, ‘My rib is killing me.’ I’d say, ‘Natalie, why don’t you say something?’ I’d have to say, ‘Hellooo, someone, Natalie’s rib is hurting! Can you fix her zipper?'”

During the same interview, Portman admitted her inclination to accept discomfort to avoid confrontation, a trait often appreciated by filmmakers seeking flexibility in their team.


However, sacrificing comfort can stifle artistic freedom, a vital component in any form of art, including acting.

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“The Other Boleyn Girl” intriguingly challenges audiences’ judgments as the rivalry between the sisters unfolds, leaving them puzzled about who is truly good and who is terrible.

Off-camera, similar complexities emerge as fans form their opinions about their favorite stars based on the information they encounter.


In this context, Portman responded interestingly when asked about being typecast as a “good girl.”

“I get branded a lot as a good girl. I’m, like, the prude, and you’re [Johansson] more sєxy,” she noted in the same interview.

Portman confessed that the only downside to her public image is that she sometimes comes across as tedious.


Scarlett Johansson’s support for Natalie Portman during her moments of discomfort on set highlights the camaraderie that can develop among actors, even while demanding productions.

Their off-screen relationship is a reminder that appearances can be deceiving, both in the movies and in real life.

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