The Kennedy’s were a political dynasty in the 1960s. From John to Robert to Ted, each brother was the epitome of political cool-ness and helped usher in a new era of televised politics. The dynasty was filled with success, power, controversy, and murder ending in the deaths of two of the three brothers, but solidifying their legacy in the hearts of Americans.
The life of John Kennedy, or JFK for short, has now become something of legend in its own right. The former President’s ability to connect with every day Americans was a unique ability never duplicated since. The woman who would ultimately help transcend JFK’s legacy, was his wife, Jackie Kennedy.
Natalie Portman portrays the former First Lady in the upcoming film Jackie and promises to showcase much of her personality the woman kept hidden from the public. For example, in a real life taped interview with friend Arthur Schlesinger, Portman states that Kennedy “was drinking a lot — you hear the ice in the glass….Her voice was lower, more sarcastic, funnier, faster than her public appearances.” Digging into those moments is what Portman believes will set the movie apart.
In an interview with Vulture, which can be viewed HERE Portman dives deep into her study’s of Jackie Kennedy, her goals for the film, and her outlook on her own personality life. The Oscar winning actress main focus is to bring the reality of Jackie to the screen. Sometimes the former First Lady can be seen as more than life, but hopefully this film will allowed the audience to understand that Jackie Kennedy, while strong willed and a bit egotistical, was also suffering from sadness and uncertainty, as we all have.
From reading excerpts from Portman’s interview, I found the big piece that many news outlets choose to highlight covered her jabs at current film. In comparing films from the 50s and 60s to today, Portman stated that "Now I feel like movies are all about white men and then you get a couple that happen to be about women.” She goes on to talk about her disappointment in the election, but also reveals that she is energize to start new projects to help continue to fight gender discrimination in Holiday.
I wish a greater point would have been made about Portman as a person and her film in those reviews of the interview. Honestly if you read about her life story, then you better understand what leads her to make the above comments. Context is everything, but so are page clicks. In the end, the interview was very good (minus a few unnecessary random observations by the author), and I’d recommend everyone take a look.