Portman started in the entertainment industry as a dancer and, by the age of 12, she landed a leading role in Leon: The Professional. Spears is best known as a teen pop star recording artist.
Over the years, Portman and Spears became friends. They even hosted a Manhattan New Year’s Eve party together in 2002. But what is the odd connection between the two women that everyone has forgotten about?
Natalie Portman’s career
In 2011, Portman won an Academy Award for Best Actress in her portrayal of a troubled ballerina in Black Swan. She has worked on more than 60 projects in the film industry, including her most recent role as Jane Foster in the Avengers: Endgame blockbuster movie.
Portman has also had a successful career as a producer, establishing Handsomecharlie Films. The production company focuses on providing positive film roles for women. Portman has developed into one of Hollywood’s most talented and admired actresses.
Britney Spears’ career
It was 20 years ago that the world fell in love with teen pop star sensation, Britney Spears. The release of her album, Baby One More Time, catapulted her into superstardom.
Before the age of 17, she sold more than 80 million albums. She became known as the most successful teen recording artist of all time. In the late ’90s and early 2000, Spears released one chart-topping hit after the other. She has received 9 Grammy nominations, with one win in 2005 for “Toxic.”
In 2011, at the age of 25, she was awarded the MTV Video Vanguard Award for having such a huge influence on modern music. In 2013, Spears started a residency in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood. It became one of the most successful shows in Vegas history, grossing over $100 million in ticket sales.
Despite her iconic career, Spears is best known for her tumultuous personal life. She has struggled for many years with mental health issues that have played out in the tabloids. Her infamous head-shaving incident left fans wondering what would become of Spears. She has struggled to make a comeback, despite ongoing family issues.
What is the odd connection between Natalie Portman and Britney Spears?
At the age of 10, Portman and Spears were ruthless. That is to say, they auditioned for the role of Tina in an off-Broadway musical Ruthless! Tina was an eight-year-old girl that was willing to go to any extreme to get the leading role in her school play.
Neither Portman nor Spears got the part, but they both became understudies for the role of Tina. This is where they developed a friendship that still exists today.
What are they up to now?
Portman had heads turning on the red carpet of the premiere for a film she is starring in with Jon Hamm, Lucy in the Sky. It is scheduled for release on October 4, 2019. She also recently turned the Marvel Universe upside down when fans found out she would be starring in Thor: Love and Thunder as none other than Mighty Thor. The film is due out in November 2021. Despite her busy film career, she still finds time for her family and causes she believes in, such as “Step Up the Fight.”
Meanwhile, Spears is doing her best to hold it together. Rumors that she was newly engaged proved to be false. She is taking her relationships slow these days and is working on resolving ongoing family issues. She decided to take a hiatus from her career for now and focus on herself.
Spears’ musical repertoire will be featured in a musical comedy, Once Upon a One More Time, scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020. In a recent post to Twitter, Spears thanked her fans and asked them not to forget her.