Why Natalie Portman Says 'Star Wars' Actually Hurt Her Career

"Everyone thought I was a horrible actress," she said.

Portman, 33, starred in Nichols' "Seagull" as part of the NY Shakespeare Festival summer season in 2001. Nichols helped get her into other movies like "Cold Mountain" in 2003.

Portman would end up winning the Oscar for her work in "Black Swan" in 2011.