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Read Natalie Portman and Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer's Decade-Long Email Exchanges

The Hollywood actress and the acclaimed author have shared intimate correspondences for over 10 years.

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Read Natalie Portman and Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer's Decade-Long Email Exchanges

The Hollywood actress and the acclaimed author have shared intimate correspondences for over 10 years.

For more than ten years, Natalie Portman and novelist Jonathan Safran Foer have been friends who send each other emails about everything from art and religion, to politics. While the archive of their email exchanges (which has attracted scandal since its publication, due to the intimate nature of the messages and the fact that Safran was married for the majority of the correspondence) had been lost when Foer’s Hotmail account failed earlier this year, the actress and the author started emailing each other once again upon the release of Portman’s directorial debut. Read an excerpt of Portman’s correspondence below, in which she discusses the inspiration for her movie A Tale of Love and Darkness:

In many ways, adapting Oz’s memoir was an obvious choice for my first film. The story of Oz’s family at the dawn of the state of Israel is remarkably close to all the stories I heard growing up about my father’s family: the worship of everything European, refugees confronted by the desert, the atmosphere of constant violence, the political debates, the obsession with books and storytelling and language, womanhood in a religious/military/socialist amalgam, the dark fantasy of building a utopian community when all the parents have been killed, the mythology of the pioneer and the new Israeli man. The themes are endlessly interesting to me, as is the question of how much of the mythology is an accurate reflection of history, and how much is storytelling cemented by repetition.

Head over to T Magazine to view the whole conversation between the actress and her friend if you are interested.

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