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Natalie Portman Covers Elle U.K.: Moms Work Harder Than Anyone

Natalie Portman, Elle UK Kai Z Feng/ ELLE UK

One glance at the November cover of Elle U.K.  featuringNatalie Portman, and it's quite clear that the gorgeous actress is still totally on top of her game.

She smolders in subtly sexy designer ensembles from Chloe, Stella McCartney, Acne, Calvin Klein, Dior, Rodarte and Prada in the editorial spread paired perfectly with subdued makeup and fuss-free hair, that's effortlessly chic.

In short, Portman looks pretty much perfect and radiates a cool downtown girl vibe that we can't help but gravitate towards. 

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Natalie Portman, Elle UK Kai Z Feng/ ELLE UK

Thor costar Tom Hiddleston plays journalist and interviews the 32-year-old beauty about her life on and off screen for the glossy mag, revealing some pretty fascinating tidbits!

To set the tone of the interview, the actor first describes their very first meeting, which actually turned out to be a pretty aggressive encounter. He writes, "Natalie has a neat right hook. I know this because the first time we shared screen time, she punched me in the face. She bursts out laughing when I remind her of this over dinner."


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Natalie Portman, Elle UK Kai Z Feng/ ELLE UK

He then moves on to cover other poignant topics including falling in love, motherhood and feminism, all of which resonate with Portman at this time in her life.

"I love being a mum, but it's much more intensive work than being an actress—going to work feels like you've got a day off. Not that I want a day off from being a mum, it's just perhaps I had this impression before that mums don't work. But they work more than anyone."

She also comments on how social media has changed her world. "I became more conscious of how I walked, talked and looked because I was constantly seeing myself."

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And when her work is done, she shares her favorite old-school indulgence to unwind: Dirty Dancing.

"To this day, it's the movie that I've seen most in my life: 'I carried a watermelon'....I can't talk about it too much, or I'll start getting teary. There are other movies I love, but no other movie that I have watched over and over."

Natalie, we couldn't agree more—it's totally our fave chick flick, too.

The full interview appears in the November issue of Elle U..K, on sale Wednesday Oct. 2, 2013. Also available as a digital edition.

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