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Natalie Portman

Léon: The Professional

18 Nov, 1994

Portman stars as Mathilda in the 1994 drama Léon: The Professional. The actress makes her Hollywood debut at the age of 11, alongside actors Jean Reno and Gary Oldman. Mathilda is a young New York girl whose entire family is killed by a corrupt cop. She finds shelter in her neighbor Léon’sapartment and uncovers his secret profession of being a hitman. On reading her script for the first time:

I read it and I was crying by the end. I was a very emotional kid.

Natalie Portman Audition Tape – Leon: The Professional