Natalie Portman arrives back in LA from Sydney


Natalie Portman arrives back in LA from Sydney before new lockdown rules… after abruptly dropping out of latest movie for ‘personal reasons’

Natalie Portman has arrived back home in Los Angeles.

The actress was pictured on Tuesday out hiking with her ten-year-old son, Aleph Portman-Millepied.

Portman, 40, fled Sydney with her family last Thursday morning shortly before new draconian lockdown rules were set to be enforced.

The actress left Australia after abruptly dropping out of HBO Films’ Days of Abandonment for ‘personal reasons’.

Back home: Natalie Portman, 40, fled Sydney with her family last week shortly before new draconian lockdown rules were set to be enforced, and was seen in LA on Tuesday 

She made the announcement in a statement last week, just days after Sydney entered full lockdown for the first time in more than a year to fight the Delta variant. 

The Leon actress and her husband Benjamin Millepied had been pictured last week packing up their rented property in Vaucluse, before they took their children Aleph, nine, and Amalia, four, in a limousine to the airport.

Before getting on the plane, Natalie was seen carrying her young daughter in her arms while her husband and son walked ahead in front.

She kept a low-profile in a navy jumper, grey sweatpants and a black sun hat, and wore a protective mask on her face.

A lot to talk about: The actress - pictured above in LA on Tuesday 0 left Australia after abruptly dropping out of HBO Films' Days of Abandonment for 'personal reasons'

A lot to talk about: The actress – pictured above in LA on Tuesday 0 left Australia after abruptly dropping out of HBO Films’ Days of Abandonment for ‘personal reasons’

Natalie’s departure comes after she abruptly pulled out of her new movie Days of Abandonment for ‘unforeseen personal reasons’ on August 2.

The move effectively put a stop to production, as the project was left without a lead actress – one day before filming was set to commence.

‘Due to unforeseen personal reasons, Natalie Portman has stepped down from HBO’s Days of Abandonment prior to the start of filming,’ HBO said in a statement.

‘Unfortunately, the production will not move forward. We are very sorry we won’t be able to bring this beautiful story to the screen with our talented writer/director and cast.

Happy to be home: The Leon star looked to be in high spirits as she took a walk with her son and dog

Happy to be home: The Leon star looked to be in high spirits as she took a walk with her son and dog 

‘We send our sincere thanks to our cast, producers, and crew for all their passion and hard work.’

Natalie was also set to executive produce the film, based on the best-selling novel by Elena Ferrante.

The film had been in pre-production, and centred around a woman named Tess, who abandoned her own dreams in favour of maintaining a stable home life, only for her husband to walk out on her.

The Federal Government had committed $3.4million to the project as part of its location incentive program, while Communication Minister Paul Fletcher had said he expected the production to generate more than $25million for the local economy.

Love: Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied married in 2012 and share two children together; Aleph, nine, and Amalia, four

Love: Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied married in 2012 and share two children together; Aleph, nine, and Amalia, four

While it’s not known what ‘personal reasons’ prevented her from going ahead with the film, Natalie has deleted the majority of posts from her Instagram account.

Natalie, her husband and their two children relocated Down Under in September last year ahead of her filming Thor: Love and Thunder in Sydney.

There were even rumours the Israeli-born actress was looking to make Australia her permanent home, after she and Benjamin inspected properties in Sydney this year.

However she made a swift return to the States on Thursday, just beating even tighter lockdown rules that are set to come into force.

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