Natalie Portman says she doesn’t display her Oscar because she adheres to the Jewish custom of not worshipping false idols.
“I don’t know where it is,” the Israeli-born actress said in an interview when asked where she keeps her Academy Award for Black Swan.
“I think it’s in the safe or something… I haven’t seen it in a while… I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshipping false idols. And this is literally like gold men. This is literally worshipping gold idols… That’s why it’s not displayed on the wall. It’s a false idol.”
Portman also made headlines this week for comments on Israeli politics, after she admitted she was disturbed by some of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks ahead of the March elections.
Netanyahu apologized to Israel’s Arab citizens shortly after the election in March for an inflammatory comment he made on the day he learned he was to serve another term.
In a last-minute election push, Netanyahu warned that unless his supporters went out to vote, his right-wing party could lose because Arabs were heading to polling stations in large numbers.
He said, “The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organisations are busing them out.”
He later insisted he had no problem with Israel’s Arab minority exercising its right to vote, but his initial remarks upset Arab leaders.