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Natalie Portman Opens Up to InStyle UK October 2012

Posted Monday September 10, 2012 9:18 AM GMT

She's set to appear on the 24th season opener of "The Simpsons" when it airs September 30th, and Natalie Portman maintained her share of the spotlight thanks in part to a feature in the October 2012 issue of InStyle UK magazine.

The 31-year-old actress partook in a wide-ranging interview in which she spoke about everything from her idol and family to staying fit and must-have make-up.

Highlights from Miss Portman's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to InStyle UK!

On diet:
"I was a Vegan, but I went back to being a vegetarian during my pregnancy. I think you crave comfort foods [when you're pregnant] and I wanted dairy. I lean towards beans and lentils, but I love pasta and bread too. I was really into millefeuille for awhile. It's flaky and creamy at the same time! Of course, if I feel like I'm packing on the pounds, those are the first foods to go."

On her idol:
" I love Sofia Coppola's full aesthetic. She presents herself in a ladylike fashion and has so much personality."

On staying fit:
"Since filming 'Black Swan,' I do different types of exercise, like swimming and dancing for fun. I usually run 3 to 5 times a week. I like the way it makes me feel - it gives me a good energy and focus, and makes me feel better about my body."

On family:
"My grandmother believes you don't leave the house unless you have perfect hair and make-up, so she is always at me for not brushing my hair or not putting on enough make-up."

On her must have make-up:
" I keep three lipsticks with me, always: one nude, everyday color, plus a red and a plum for dressing up."

On fragrance:
"I think smell is the first strong sense that we have. When I was filming in Tunisia, the kids would come out to me with handfuls of jasmine to buy. Now, I get the whole feeling of the place from that one smell."

Photo Credit: Christian Dior