“Black Swan”; actress Natalie Portman attended Harvard College’s Class Day ceremony as a keynote speaker to talk about her “pretty dark moments”; as a Harvard student.
“When I came in as a freshman in 1999, I felt like there had been some mistake”; and “that I wasn’t smart enough to be in this company,”; the 33-year-old actress said when she explained she had to prove that she wasn’t “just a dumb actress.”;
“When I got to Harvard just after the release of “Star Wars: Episode 1″, I feared people would assume I had gotten in just for being famous, and not worthy of the intellectual rigor here,”; she continued.
Although she felt as though she had to prove her intelligence through the hard times of any post-secondary student, after graduating with a psychology degree in 2003 Natalie knew acting was her calling.
“I admitted to myself I couldn’t wait to go back and make more films. I had reclaimed my reason,”; the “V For Vendetta”; actress said.
Watch the full speech below.