Natalie Portman Said It Was 'Luck That I Was Not Harmed' As a Child Actor 

The Oscar winner rose to prominence after appearing in 'Léon: The Professional' at the age of 13.Natalie Portman recalls her days as a child actor. 

During an episode of Variety's Awards Circuit Podcast, the Oscar winner, 42, told the outlet that it was "an accident of luck" that she was not harmed as a young actress, 

and that she would not recommend children enter the industry. "I would not encourage young people to go into this," Portman, who has two children with husband Benjamin Millepied — son Aleph, 12, and daughter Amalia,

6 — told Variety, before clarifying, "I don't mean ever; I mean as children." "I feel it was almost an accident of luck that I was not harmed, also combined with very overprotective, wonderful parents," she went on to say.

"I've heard too many bad stories to think that any children should be a part of it," she said of children working in the entertainment industry. 

"Having said that, I remember every conversation we've had over the last few years." People are more aware and cautious as a result."

The Oscar winner rose to prominence after appearing in 'Léon: The Professional' at the age of 13.Natalie Portman recalls her days as a child actor. 

"But ultimately, I don't believe that kids should work," she told me. "I think kids should play and go to school." 

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