"I don't know where it is," Natalie says. "I think it's in the safe or something. I don't know. I haven't seen it in a while."
"I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshipping false idols," she continues. "And this is literally like gold men. This is literally worshipping gold idols — if you worship it. That's why it's not displayed on the wall. It's a false idol."
Natalie has made her home in Paris since marrying ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied in 2012 and she is loving the Parisian culture.
"I love that people at dinner want to have a serious conversation — and only a serious conversation,” she says. “They’ll be upset if you don’t have something interesting happen. I love that my [3-year-old son Aleph] wants to go to art museums after school — like, 'Take me to the Pompidou.' I love that it's also not elitist, as it is in New York. You can afford to go to the philharmonic or the opera much more easily because all of it's subsidized. And there's a huge culture of cinema there."
France is also where she'll debut her directorial debut film, A Tale of Love and Darkness, at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The passion project was filmed in Jerusalem and is entirely in Hebrew.
"[Hebrew] was a biblical language that they modernized," Natalie tells The Hollywood Reporter. "That's why the story of the language is a very unique and remarkable one. Then [with the formation of Israel], they made it almost a law that everyone had to speak the language. Like, you would get a ticket if you were talking Yiddish in the streets. You know, we have a country that has people from 40 countries coming in. We [had] to unify with the language."
We'd say we hope it wins an Oscar, but those kind of things don't really matter to Natalie now.
She's sure come a looooong way since Garden State!