Natalie Portman Really Wants Her Own Vegan Cooking Show

She confessed her dream to an audience for her new film about the ethics and impact of animal agribusiness.


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To say that Natalie Portman has conquered the big screen is an understatement; she practically grew up on it. Now the actress, most famous for her roles in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the 2010 film Black Swan (for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress), has her eye set on the small screen, but not in the way you might imagine.

She’d like her own cooking show — one that is 100 percent vegan.

In a Q&A after a sold-out New York screening of Eating Animals, an eye-opening documentary about the cruelty and unsustainability of factory farming based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s best-selling 2009 book of the same name, Portman, who co-produced and co-narrated the film, made a pitch for what she hoped would be her next project.

"I’ll share with you guys my dream," Portman, who credits Foer’s book with her conversion to veganism, told the opening-night audience on Friday, Indie Wire reports. "It would be my dream to make one of those cooking shows, but only for vegan food. It could provide you with a starter kit if you want to be a vegan."

Portman is serious about her veganism; she suggests non-vegans give it a shot by working one vegan meal a week into their usual routine.

"If everyone tried a little bit, it would make a huge impact," she said. "I don’t expect anyone to be vegan tomorrow, but making small changes makes a big difference."

She may have been serious about the cooking-show idea, too – and ready to move forward.

"If anyone here wants to buy it," she told the crowd, speaking of the concept, "I’ll be taking offers in the lobby after this."

And if Portman didn’t find any takers there, maybe she was able to find one at the film-opening’s after-party, where the menu was strictly vegan, of course.

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