From Harvard to Hollywood, the inspiring career of Natalie Portman

A photo tour of the passion, education and drive behind one of film's biggest international stars.

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A wild 2016

Portman has always leaned toward playing strong characters (similar to a certain Wonder Woman we know), and her next big role in "Jane Got a Gun" is no different.

The western, slated for release in January, features the actress forced to defend her family from a gang seeking revenge. The film marks the beginning of Portman's busiest year since giving birth to her son in 2011, with four projects scheduled for release.

"It was obviously a magical time in my life," she told IndieWire earlier this year. "But it also was good because it gave me a hunger to come back and an excitement. Renewed energy for why I want to make things and how I want to make things."

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