Natalie Portman dishes on 'Thor' co-star Chris Hemsworth
Natalie Portman might be engaged and pregnant, but that didn't stop her from gushing about her "Thor" co-star, Chris Hemsworth's superhero-sized body.
"Chris Hemsworth is fantastic and people are going to see a lot more of him," Portman told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other news outlets in a satellite interview. "He looks like a super hero, he does not look human, it's really really wild. I remember when he came to set in costume, which was no costume, we were all like 'What? What has he been doing?'"
In the superhero flick, which opened on Friday, May 6, Hemsworth plays Thor, the God of Thunder who is exiled to Earth after his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) chastises him for arrogance. Portman plays Jane Foster, a scientist and the human love interest of Thor.
"Jane is an astrophysicist," Portman said of her character, "trying to figure out the connections between all these realms and Thor drops into her world and sort of proves her theories but is also a very strapping gentleman, so there's this combination of science and love for her."
Though Portman didn't read the original "Thor" comic books until she was cast in the movie, the actress admit that she got into graphic novels after filming her 2006 movie, "V for Vendetta," which is based off of graphic novels written by Alan Moore.
"I'm not really a comic book fan," Portman said. "I got sort of into graphic novels when I did 'V for Vendetta' and for this movie, once I sort of started thinking about doing it, I started reading all the 'Thor' comic books... They're so seventies with, like, the rainbow bridge. They're sort of weird, hippie comic books."
The actress also had a hand in shaping her character, working with the writers and director Kenneth Branagh to shape her role. But as Portman says in the interview, there is only so much one can do when the characters have been shaped through decades of comic books.
Portman, who recently won an Oscar for her role in "Black Swan," insists that life hasn't changed too much since she incurred the title of an Academy Award-winning actress.
"The main difference in life is just there's a lot more attention, like you hiccup and it can end up in a newspaper. Not necessarily a reputable newspaper, but you can make headlines for any little thing."
Portman recently completed three films, "Black Swan," the winter movie "No Strings Attached," which allowed her to hop into bed with Ashton Kutcher and "Your Highness," her latest movie and an R-rated fantasy comedy that sees her play a sexy warrior.
But since she is due to give birth later this year and is spending time with her fiancé Benjamin Millepied, Portman isn't in a rush to get back to work, but when she does, the actress is looking for an even bigger challenge.
"I'm so in baby land, I haven't even been thinking about it," Portman said of her future roles. "But I have been thinking about recently how it would be fun to do something in another language because I feel like that would be a different kind of challenge."
Portman is fluent in Hebrew and French. She announced in December 2010 that she is expecting her first child with Millepied, a French ballet dancer. They have not specified the gender of the baby.
Hemsworth will reprise his role as Thor in the upcoming "Avengers" movie, which will also star Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Incredible Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. The movie is set for release on May 4, 2012.
Watch the trailer for 'Thor' below.