Natalie Portman Talks Singing Sia Songs in 'Vox Lux' and Hometown Concert Scene on 'Tonight Show': Watch

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Natalie Portman during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Dec. 12, 2018.

Natalie Portman stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday night (Dec. 12) to discuss her new musical drama Vox Lux and the beauty of getting to sing Sia songs in the film. After telling host Jimmy Fallon that her teenage self would be sooo jealous that he gets to hang with The Roots every night, and laughing at his suggestion that she looks exactly the same as she did when she was on the cover of Elle at 13, Portman dove into details on her role as a viral pop star in the new film.  

“I got to sing Sia songs… which is so cool,” shared Portman motioning toward Fallon. “I got to meet her on your show here.”

Back in 2016, she had teamed up with Sia, Fallon and The Roots to perform “Iko Iko" on the show. “I was so dorky. [Fallon] even came up to me after and was like, ‘Nice mom moves,’” joked Portman.

Portman also said that despite a few initial concerns, she managed to sing in Vox Lux. “When I went into the recording studio with Chris Braide — the producer who’s so lovely and really talented — I was like, ‘I’m so sorry. I’m sorry,” and he was like, ‘Don’t worry about it. We can do a lot of magic.”

Portman even got to tape the film’s giant concert scene in her hometown on Long Island. “They weirdly opened up a studio like around the corner from where I went to high school," she said, "So my guidance counselor form high school brought her kids and her friends, and they were in the audience.”

Portman stuck around to play the Jinx Challenge with Fallon, a game in which they attempted to say the same word at the same time while wearing a pair of connected velvet gloves.

Vox Lux is in theaters now. Watch Portman’s Fallon appearance below.


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