Portman reprises her role as Padmé Amidala in the second installment of the Star Wars prequel series. Episode II takes place a decade after the previous The Phantom Menace. An assassination attempt has been made on Senator Amidala, and a now matured Anakin is assigned to protect her. On her Star Wars fame:
I really wasn’t aware of how big a deal ‘Star Wars’ was… and when I saw the films, I really liked them, but I still didn’t really understand how many … were passionate fans of this film.