“There was nothing in him, nothing, nothing there except that he saw you as a creative, interesting, and talented human being.”
Natalie Portman has remembered the late director Mike Nichols as the “only older mentor” who was not scared of her.
The Thor: Love and Thunder star teamed up with Mike (who died in 2014) on the theater show The Seagull and in the 2004 film Closer. And paying tribute to Nichols in a new biography written by Mark Harris, Natalie said her time with the director was different from her previous experiences in Hollywood.
“(He was) the only older man who guided me without there ever being a rare element,” he said. “I think he was a genuine feminist. There was nothing, nothing, nothing there except that he saw you as a creative, interesting, and talented human being. It is the rarest and finest quality, and not many directors of his generation had it ”.
In one scene from Closer, Natalie’s character has to perform a striptease in front of Clive Owen.
However, the on-screen star paid tribute to Nichols for being “careful and protective,” particularly with that scene, and was “happy to remove some of the nudity” at her request.
“He wanted to see my bare bottom less than my father would,” shared Natalie.
“What he did for me …” he smiled. “God, could I have the ability to offer that kind of mentoring and guidance to someone else?”