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Natalie Portman: I'm not competing in my career

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Natalie Portman: I'm not competing in my career

Natalie Portman doesn't feel like she's in a race with younger actresses.

The Israeli-born beauty bagged an Oscar in 2011 for her star turn in ballet thriller Black Swan and has also been recognised at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and SAGs.

In the last few years a new generation of actresses have risen through the ranks, like 24-year-old Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart, 25. But Natalie insists there's no competition between them.

"Oh definitely [I feel like I'm from a different generation]. Those girls are what 20, 22? And I'm 33. I don't get panicky [about my career], I know the waves - sometimes it's quiet, sometimes it's wild. I feel like I've done so much, it allows me to try new things, like directing. I can follow my own curiosity. I've been doing this long enough to see that my path is my own. I'm not in a race with anyone," Natalie told the British edition of Marie Claire.

Natalie also cites the two actresses as helping to change the gender pay gap seen in Hollywood. Everyone from Amanda Seyfried to Patricia Arquette has vented their anger at the salary gulf between men and women in movies, with Patricia even using her Oscars acceptance speech earlier this year to raise the subject.

Natalie also has something to say.

"There is an outrageous discrepancy between men and women in Hollywood. Titanic is a huge hit and Leonardo DiCaprio immediately goes to $20 million per movie and Kate Winslet doesn't. But that feels totally like it's changing. Young women like Jennifer and Kristen - they're the stars now. I don't even know the guys who are their age," she admitted.

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