Natalie Portman is back in the MCU, joining co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in the Thor franchise — but this time, she is Goddess of Thunder.
However, it wasn’t an easy move for the actor, who recently told Vogue Australia how difficult it was to return to the franchise after a decade later.
“It’s so strange when something is very familiar but also, you’re kind of the new kid.”
While it was incredible and “surreal” to return to the Marvel universe, Portman said that she had to find out how to fit in again. The majority of it was due to the fact that her co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, as well as director Taika Waititi, had already collaborated on the third picture, Thor: Ragnarok in 2017.
“Because Chris and Tessa and Taika had worked together on Ragnarok, and so successfully and so it was like they were all reuniting and I was this newbie in there trying to figure out how to fit in.”
Natalie Portman continued to praise her co-stars, “They’re just the nicest people, and also I know Chris and Tessa so well from previous work together, and also I had done Thor movies twice before. So there was a lot of familiarity and comfort in that world too, but it was this weird mix of being the veteran and the newbie at the same time.”
Thor: Love & Thunder hits theaters on July 8.