Natalie Portman: 30 Years Old

Break out the birthday cake as the Israeli-born award winning actress Natalie Portman turns 30 today.

Portman made her break into the film industry in 1994 in the French movie Leon: The Professional. Natalie, then only 13 years old, took on the role of Matilda, an orphan girl who befriends a middle-aged hitman.

From there, she had roles in the films Heat, Mars Attacks!, and even played Anne Frank in a Broadway adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank.

It was in the late 90’s however, that the now-Harvard educated star’s popularity erupted when she played Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy’s first film, The Phantom Menace.

The Star Wars beauty has recently been buzzing in the media because of her open stance on gay marriage. Recently Portman and her fiance Benjamin Millepied joined the ranks of over 100,000 people when they signed the Freedom to Marry’s Say, “I Do” letter to President Barack Obama, a document asking for marriage equality for gay couples.

In honor of Portman’s birthday, we decided to hunt down a clip showing the brainy superstar in her film career debut, The Professional.