Queen Amidala Missed 1st Star Wars
NEW YORK (AP) _ Natalie Portman was far from a ``Star Wars″ fan when she landed the role of Queen Amidala in the latest installment.
``I was born in Israel and I lived there for my first three years,″ said the 17-year-old Long Islander. ``By the time I got to the United States, all the films had already come out. So I missed it the first time around.″
Portman plays a queen who resists invasion of her country in ``Star Wars: Episode I _ The Phantom Menace.″
She said Sunday that she plays a ``strong female character that’s really good for girls. She has this unembarrassed idealism.″
Portman also appeared in ``The Professional.″