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To Oscar Or To Nobel?

It seems everyone has a secret life. But who knew Natalie Portman’s was being a secret scientist? That’s right, you read me correctly.

Ms. Portman’s resume extends beyond her IMDB credits and into the laboratory. The newly crowned Hollywood darling and Harvard alum was once a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search competition – an elite contest for only the most scientifically genius youth, most of whom grow up to be awarded Nobel Peace Prizes and MacArther “genuis” grants. And now, Oscars.

Hmmm, now what is the formula for a Black Swan?

So while Ms. Portman masqueraded as Queen Amidala by day, she was researching an environmentally friendly method of converting waste into energy by night. Is there anything the girl can’t do? For more on Ms. Portman’s scientific endeavors, as well as other stars who you’d never have guessed don lab coats, read The New York Times article.

What’s next, Natalie? Out-Oscaring Katharine Hepburn and single-handedly saving the planet as you pirouette?

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Tobey List

    As a co-producer on “Secret Life,” Tobey is able to combine two of her favorite things—film and science! She is delighted to finally redeem herself in the eyes of her high-school science teachers, all of whom thought she was destined for a career in science until she shocked and alienated them all and chose….film. After receiving a degree in Journalism and French from UNC—Chapel Hill, Tobey worked for several years at PBS, where she gained a love for documentary. She then threw all logic to the wind and returned to school, earning her MFA in Film from Columbia University. During her studies, she produced numerous award-winning short films and associate-produced the feature documentary “No Impact Man.” Tobey is a writer and producer for both documentary and narrative film.