Date: 14th November 2000
Actress NATALIE PORTMAN is determined to keep potential stalkers away at her new university - so she's adopted a different surname.
The STAR WARS EPISODE I star has taken her maternal grandmother's maiden name while at American university HARVARD, so she can keep a low profile whilst studying. She says, "I don't want to have visitors, to be completely blunt. All I've heard is that when BROOKE SHIELDS was at Princeton, she had hundreds of visitors a year. I don't want that. I don't want to hang out with people I don't know. "Some people may find that rude, because fans immediately think that, you know, they can be your friend, and that's not the relationship I want to have."
The 19-year-old admits her friends at Harvard are all such high achievers she is as much in awe of them as they are of her. She adds, "Everyone I'm around, they're the most amazing people. I mean, just the people in my dorm: the guy upstairs has played cello with YO-YO MA, there's a girl who's a published poet, I know a few people who went to the Olympics. "These kids are all accomplished, and they're interested in my life, but I'm as interested in theirs and it's not like, 'Oh my God, you're in a movie!'" (ALS/WNSTI/CPT)