Natalie Portman finds bright side of Trump win
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She was “upset” by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFamily says Trump travel ban preventing mother from seeing dying son Saudi Arabia rejects Senate position on Khashoggi killing Five things to know about the Trump inauguration investigation MORE’s surprise White House win, but actress Natalie Portman says the president-elect’s victory has energized people “in a new way.”
“One of the positive things that’s come out of this election is a lot of people being very activated to be positive influences in their communities and in their country,” Portman tells ITK.
“And we should always be that way — but this is a moment where a lot of people are energized in a new way to make a difference themselves and to be active themselves, and I think that’s exciting.”
Portman, who’s pregnant with her second child with husband Benjamin Millepied, hit the black carpet Thursday night in a skin-hugging dress at the premiere of “Jackie” at Washington’s Newseum. 
The Academy Award winner is already generating Oscar buzz for her performance as Jacqueline Kennedy in the film that depicts life through the former first lady’s eyes in the moments immediately following the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Portman reflected on debuting the movie during a pivotal time in the country’s political history, saying: “It’s really interesting learning how much context can affect how people view art, because of course there were no sort of political intentions of the movie. It’s really a psychological portrait of a historical figure in Jackie Kennedy.
“But of course because it’s coming out at this moment — which we had no idea — so many people are interpreting it and seeing things that relate to the current moment post-election."
The 35-year-old actress endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump: Cohen only became a ‘rat’ after FBI 'broke into' office Giuliani indicates Trump Tower Moscow discussions took place up until November 2016 Hillary Clinton writes letter to 8-year-old girl who lost class president to male classmate MORE during the 2016 race and hit the campaign trail in Pennsylvania just weeks before the election to encourage women to register and head to the polls. Portman, who before the election had called a potential Trump presidency “catastrophic,” said in an interview last month that she was “very upset about the results” but “extremely energized to get more involved.”
Asked what she planned to do with that newfound energy boost, Portman told ITK, “I hope to get involved with women and girls leadership programs.”
“Jackie” opens in theaters in Washington on Dec. 9.