Natalie Portman to host SNL in February
Natalie Portman is set to return to Saturday Night Live for the first time in more than a decade.
The acclaimed actress has been tapped as host of the venerable sketch comedy's Feb. 3 episode, with Dua Lipa serving as musical guest for the first time. Portman made her hosting debut in 2006; since then she's won a best actress Oscar for Black Swan and made her directorial debut with A Tale of Love and Darkness.
Portman is on-hand to promote her upcoming film Annihilation, Alex Garland's adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer novel which costars Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Gina Rodriguez.
Portman has also been in the headlines lately for her activism with the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. She famously called out the Golden Globes' all-male director nominees seconds before presenting the category winner, and at the one-year anniversary of the Women's March in Los Angeles, she recounted the time she experienced alleged "sexual terrorism" at age 13 on the set of Léon: The Professional. "I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually I would feel unsafe and that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort," she said.
Will Ferrell returns to SNL to host this week's episode, with musical guest Chris Stapleton.
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