(Portman isn't her real name; she borrowed it from her grandmother to protect her father, a fertility specialist, whose name is distinctive.) Her first On our way to attend an evening reading by novelists Salman Rushdie and Jamaica Kincaid and poet John Ashbery, Portman chats about student life on campus.
"My peers here are pretty frickin' accomplished," she says.
Portman was invited to a Spears party, an invitation she forwarded to her guy friends as a joke.
"They told me they would murder me if I didn't go and take all of them, so I went with six boys," she says; her Ivy League posse drove down, after classes, to New York and Britney.
"Kids are the Shakespearean fools in Hollywood movies," she says. "I probably deserved it," she says, "but it wasn't pleasant even if I did deserve it. Things like, I remember I had a boyfriend, and I kissed him on the first date, and they would call me 'whore.'"When Portman was thirteen, because she couldn't stand it anymore, she transferred to public school: "All of a sudden there are 500 kids, and even the kids that get picked on, they have their friends." (She figures that she "was probably part of the generic JAP-y group.")After those first two movies, her career went quieter.