Portman: Hollywood Misinterprets Feminism
Natalie Portman says "feminism is misinterpreted" in Hollywood because women's roles are often "just a fantasy of a male writer".
Speaking at the world premiere of Thor: The Dark World in London's Leicester Square, the US actress said that her character is feisty, but female action heroes should not have to "kick butt".
"I don't think that's necessarily feminist to see women like we see men in movies," she said.
"Just having a range of different ways women can be ? weak and strong ? just being real is more feminist than 'she knows how to do kung fu'."
But the Oscar-winning actress joked that she rather enjoyed slapping her co-star Chris Hemsworth in the film.
"She gives Thor a piece of her mind and a piece of her hand, for all the women out there who had a guy who did not call them back," she said.
Thor: The Dark World is a Marvel comic adaptation and there is some pressure from the fans to make the film "authentic".
But Hemsworth and Portman explained that some changes were necessary to bring the story up to date.
Commenting on why her character is a scientist rather than a nurse, Portman said: "The Marvel comic books were written a few decades ago and obviously women are still wonderful nurses now, but they've also entered into different careers like astrophysics."
She added: "To reflect the changing times we also have cell phones in the movie."
Thor: The Dark World opens in cinemas on October 30.