Portman gushes over Grey

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman “freaks out” around Jennifer Grey.

The 32-year-old beauty is a massive fan of the actress’ 1987 hit film Dirty Dancing, which also starred Patrick Swayze.

Having watched the film countless times Natalie can’t contain her excitement when she sees the fellow Jewish actress at their local synagogue for worship.

“Yes [I’ve met Jennifer]. We go to temple together. And I freak out every time I see her – I’m such a nerd!” she laughed to the November issue of British magazine Elle. “She kind of gets the ‘polite eyes’ when she comes, because she knows I’m going to jump on her. I wish I weren’t as nervous as I am around her. I can’t get over it.”

Natalie can’t help but gush about her favorite movie each time she and Jennifer meet. However, when trying to recall their discussions the brunette beauty admitted she becomes overwhelmed with emotion thinking about their regular encounters.

“Of course [we talk about Dirty Dancing]! I can’t talk about it too much, or I’ll start getting teary,” she confessed. “There are other movies I love, but no other movie that I have watched over and over.”

The Oscar-winning actress has son two-year-old son Aleph with husband Benjamin Millepied.

Natalie loves being a mother and claims raising a child has made the movie industry seem simpler.

“Yes – acting feels really easy,” Natalie revealed when asked whether parenting has changed her attitude to work. “I love being a mom, but it’s much more intensive work than being an actress – going to work feels like you’ve got a day off. Not that I want a day off from being a mom, it’s just perhaps I had this impression before that moms don’t work. But they work more than anyone.”

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