Natalie Portman thanks Mark Zuckerberg for launching Facebook after she left Harvard

Natalie Portman is grateful Facebook was launched by Harvard alumni Mark Zuckerberg after she left the Ivy League institution.

In an interview with Willie Geist for Sunday Today, the Oscar-winning Black Swan actress, who studied at Harvard University from 1999 to 2003, at the same time as the billionaire tech mogul, looked back on her college years, and shared her relief that her youthful mistakes were not documented on the social networking site.

Natalie explained she “was really lucky” to be able to do “stupid things” during her college days which weren’t later shared for public consumption.


“Actually, Facebook was invented when I was a senior by freshman Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard,” she shared in a video clip obtained by People. “So I went to school with no Facebook, no Instagram, no cameras on phones. So I was really able to go about my business and not have it documented for public consumption.

“Which was really lucky ’cause, guess what? It’s good to like, make mistakes and do stupid things when you’re a teenager and young adult and not have it haunt you forever,” she sighed. “So I was very lucky in kind of missing that by a fraction. Thank you Mark Zuckerberg for being very young.”

The 37-year-old has previously shared that she had little interest in social media and was fine being on the sidelines.

“It feels like the last thing you want to do,” she told Business Insider in 2016. “It’s so much unwanted interest in your privacy that you don’t want to invite anymore.”

The Vox Lux star, who shares children Amalia and Aleph with ballet dancer husband Benjamin Millepied, finally broke her social media ban in 2018, joining Facebook-owned Instagram to spread the word about anti-sexual harassment initiative Time’s Up.

“Everyone’s resolution for the year: No more accepting sexual harassment and inequality at work as normal. It’s not normal,” she captioned her first post.