'SNL': Natalie Portman One-Ups Her 2006 Viral Rap in Second Hosting Gig

Natalie Portman
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Natalie Portman during the opening monologue on Saturday Night Live on Feb. 3, 2018.

In her second time as host, Natalie Portman returned to Saturday Night Live alongside first-time musical guest Dua Lipa.

Portman’s kicked things off with a monologue that played on NBC’s persistent Olympics promotion, with cast members Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon interrupting to do sportscaster-style commentary. Leslie Jones, who will be contributing to NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage this year, also appeared to offer her expertise.

Portman’s most memorable moment from her first turn as SNL host in 2006 was a rap music video she did starring former cast members Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell in which she played a very enraged, vulgar version of herself. On Saturday, she starred in a new version of “Natalie Raps,” which was even more explicit than the first.

The music video included a birthing sequence and Portman in her Queen Amidala costume from the Star Wars prequels, threatening someone with a gun. Samberg also made a cameo.

The music video ended with Portman shoving a Times Up pin into Beck Bennett’s head. During this year’s Golden Globes, Portman pointedly called out the fact that all of the nominees in the Best Director category were men. When introducing Dua Lipa later in the episode, Portman wore a Judge Aquilina shirt.

Portman also appeared in a Stranger Things season three spoof, playing Eleven, whose nosebleed side effect from her powers was mimicked by new characters with increasingly absurd powers and accompanying side effects, like a character played by Aidy Bryant who can do a very good Borat impression which puts her in a coma for three days.

Portman late appeared in a Star Trek-esque sketch alongside Bennett, who played an alien self-conscious of his body.

In a sketch that brought back McKinnon’s Ellen Degeneres impression, Portman played a co-host of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards who lost her voice from screaming too much.

In addition to Samberg's cameo in the digital short, Alec Baldwin appeared as President Donald Trump in the cold open and Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey reunited for a Super Bowl-inspired sketch.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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