A magazine interview with Natalie Portman is not automatically interesting – unless the person who is asking the questions happens to be Jake Gyllenhaal. In that case you get questions for the erudite Ms. Portman which elicit surprising confessions like, “I’ve mostly been listening to dirty rap lately. That’s sort of my scene.” To examine Natalie Portman’s love of obscene rap lyrics in greater detail, hit the jump.
Gyllenhaal is co-starring with Natalie Portman in Jim Sheridan’s new movie “Brothers” (you can check out the trailer for the film here) which is due in theatres this December – that’s how the following Q & A, from the September issue of Interview Magazine, came to be.
I’ve pulled a few highlights for you. First up, Natalie Portman is afraid of cartoons…
PORTMAN: [laughs] I remember as a kid being really scared of the Smurfs.
GYLLENHAAL: The Smurfs?
PORTMAN: Because that bad guy, Gargamel, was so terrifying. I was scared of a lot of cartoons. I’m kind of wussy like that.
And she likes songs about rapper’s dicks…
GYLLENHAAL: What song best describes your current state?
PORTMAN: My current state . . . I’m trying to think of a song that feels like sleepwalking. [laughs] I don’t know. I’ve mostly been listening to dirty rap lately. That’s sort of my scene.
GYLLENHAAL: Your affection for dirty rap is something that people really don’t know about you, which I think is fascinating. You do incredible things for the world, and then you listen to just completely obscene hip-hop music.
PORTMAN: Really, really obscene hip-hop. I love it so much. It makes me laugh and then it makes me want to dance. Those are like my two favorite things, so combined . . . I’ve been listening a lot lately to “Wait (The Whisper Song)” by the Ying Yang Twins, where the lyrics are like, “Wait ’til you see my dick”-which is just amazing because it’s whispered. [whispers] “Wait ’til you see my dick . . . ” [laughs] Crazy. So I just listen to it like I’m a five-year-old, like, “Oh my god! I can’t believe he just said that!”
GYLLENHAAL: It’s interesting that you think the lyric “Wait ’til you see my dick” describes your current state. I think people are learning more about you right now than they ever have in an interview. I’m proud of that.
You can check out the complete Gyllenhall/Portman interview here