Natalie Portman How did Chilean Director, Pablo Larrain, convince Academy Award winner, Natalie Portman, to play grieving first Lady Jackie Kennedy? Larran said "I told her we were going to get rid of any scene where Jackie is not onscreen — we were going to make it with her in every frame." To ensure Portman wouldn't have to travel, Larrain promised to shoot in Paris, where Larrain also was editing his other 2016 project, Neruda. Larrain then played his ace, telling Portman "I told her if she didn't do the movie, I wouldn't do the movie. No pressure."