'Thor: Love and Thunder': From rigorous training to clean diet, how Natalie Portman transformed to Lady Thor
While fans are blown away by the amazing performance of Chris Hemsworth as Thor in ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ trailer, they have been raving about the iconic star Natalie Portman’s look and stellar acting chops as well which has taken the social media by storm. Portman has made her comeback to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the enigmatic Jane Foster in this highly anticipated film. This has only made viewers more thrilled about watching the enthralling fantasy saga unfold in theatres. ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ releases globally in theatres on July 8, 2022.
‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ is one of the most talked about action-packed fantasy sagas of this year which is set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first looks and trailer have already been creating loads of mystery and suspense about how different and unique is Hollywood icon Portman’s character Jane Foster.
Opening up on what the primary two goals for Portman were when it came to her training regimen for ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’, her personal trainer Naomi Pendergast in a recent interview with Distractify said, “The first goal being the strong and muscular shape, the second avoiding any injuries in the process”. She shared how Natalie started the training for her character of Jane back in October 2020, which was four months before the filming schedule of the movie commenced.
Shedding more insight on the kind of plant-based vegan meals that Natalie had since she focused on a ‘clean and wholesome’ diet, Naomi said that she added more plant-based protein powders into Portman’s daily meals to make sure that she was getting the needed and apt protein that had been required for her to build and maintain the muscles.
Naomi shared that the typical daily meals for the star comprised of, “a vegan-based breakfast of oats and berries plus a protein shake, her snacks throughout the day would consist of fruit, nuts, and salads. For lunch she would have a vegan falafel dish, again with a protein shake, and for dinner, a vegan curry and protein shake”.
Naomi said that even though the actress doesn't normally eat that amount of food, this time since it was really important enough for her to keep up her protein and calorie intake during filming schedule in order to maintain the muscle she had worked so hard to develop for the role, Natalie closely followed this diet regimen.
Talking about the actress’ daily exercise routine for the tough and grueling action-packed scenes that she has performed in the film, Naomi said that this time there was a special focus on the wrists as she had to pick up and wield Mjolnir.
Naomi described that the hammer used during the shooting weighed about three or more pounds. Shedding more light on it, she added, “This might not sound like a lot of weight, but when you are holding and swinging it repeatedly it puts a lot of strain on the wrist and becomes super heavy. With some guidance from the stunt team, I gave Natalie some wrist exercises to do daily before she went on set”.
Opening up on how much she really enjoyed working with the starlet, Naomi said, “She is a down-to-earth, kind, extremely talented, and ambitious woman. I often tell people how lucky I felt to land such a focused and hard-working person to train. She definitely made my job easy to do with her eagerness to learn and persistence to reach her goals”.