Natalie Portman Opens Up About "Depressive" Times At Harvard

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It hasn't always been red carpets and Rodarte gowns for Natalie Portman.

The Oscar-winning actress opened up about her "difficult" early time as a student at Harvard University. Portman, who entered the Ivy League university as a student in 1999, was invited to be the keynote speaker at the school's commencement on Wednesday, and was refreshingly honest about her own experience there.

"It's easy to romanticize my time here, but I had some difficult times," the Dior campaign star admitted. "Being 19, dealing with my first heartbreak, taking birth control that's now off the market due to its depressive side effects…"

Portman also spoke of her doubts about being taken seriously at the prestigious school.

"When I got to Harvard just after the release of Star Wars: Episode 1, I feared people would assume I had gotten in just for being famous, and not worthy of the intellectual rigor here," she admitted.

She also confessed to being worried "that I wasn't smart enough to be in this company," and her desire to prove that she "wasn't a dumb actress."

Obviously, it all worked out for the well-loved star. Roll on, Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic! (People)


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