Natalie Portman on Why ‘Jackie’ Is More Than a Fashion Film

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Natalie Portman at the AARP Movies for Grownups Screening Series in Los Angeles; Image: Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

We spent 2016 meticulously analyzing female political figures’ wardrobes, every inside the data and on the massive show. On October 18, we out of place our minds over Michelle Obama’s stunning Versace dress. On November 9, we dissected the that suggests behind Hillary Clinton’s pink pantsuit. On December 2, when the buzzy, Pablo Larrain-directed biopic Jackie hit theaters, every other former First Lady commanded our attention: Jackie Kennedy Onassis, by way of actress Natalie Portman.

Most of the movie follows Jackie’s movements inside the days following JFK’s untimely demise, a time marked thru grief and iconic style moments. Jackie, who’d change into identified for her veneer of grace and elegance, expressed her within turmoil by the use of taste. At Lyndon B. Johnson’s swearing-in, the former FLOTUS’ pink, navy-trimmed, bloodstained Chanel move smartly with used to be as soon as a testament to her grief (this used to be as soon as hours after Kennedy’s shooting — she’d refused to change). At the late President’s funeral, his widow’s waist-length mourning veil used to be as soon as every other observation unto itself.

However, similar to Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, Jackie can’t be mistaken for some way ad. (Although get dressed fashion designer Madeline Fontaine does nail it.) After Wednesday night time time’s AARP Movies for Grownups Screening of the film, Oscar frontrunners Natalie Portman and Pablo Larrain shared their views on Jackie’s true id, and what the film’s if truth be told about.

For Larrain, Jackie and JFK’s mystery-shrouded story is a reminder to seem previous the headlines. (#Relevant.) “I think there is a very long distance in between what really happens and what we know,” the director affirmed. “Even though we did research and made a movie about it, we will never really know who Jackie was and what happened between Jackie and JFK. If you knew, you wouldn’t be making a movie about it. We are interested and made a movie because of this big mystery. I like and respect that we never know and have to imagine these things. The politics are always changing and reshaping. When we made this movie, this country was different than it is today. It’s happening and in a few weeks it will be very different. Things change so fast and this movie means something totally different than before.”

Portman, within the interim, sees the film as an ode to the complexity of human persona. “It’s the beauty of Pablo’s approach — he wasn’t trying to give an easy answer or definitive identity who this person was, nor a specific feeling or message. It’s like real life and how human beings can be a million different things at once — wise, strong, authoritative, manipulative and not completely straightforward. It’s many things at once and a complicated reality.”

In fact, Jackie’s multifaceted nature is what most fascinates Portman. “I think it’s amazing to see someone who’s been so socialized but also taught to be strong and have a survival instinct and tribal resilience,” the actress shared. “To see the mix of someone who can have cocktails at a function but survive in those difficult situations is a strange and beautiful contrast.”

Something to chew on when you’ve finished drooling over that improbable crimson Dior move smartly with which, unfortunately, does not make an glance inside the sneak peek underneath…