The 34-year-old Oscar-winning actress covers the September issue of Marie Claire U.K., and expresses her gratefulness for the absence of social media when she was growing up in Hollywood. Natalie's breakout role in 1994's Léon: The Professional came when she was only 13 years old.
"I was in that lucky window: there was no Twitter, Facebook or Instagram," Natalie tells the magazine, via the Daily Mail. "I went out and got drunk with my friends and no one knew."
In fact, the outspoken actress praises the younger generation of actresses, calling out Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart, in particular, as the new A-listers.
"Young women like Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart -- they're the stars now. I don’t even know who the guys are who are their age," she says, referring to the gender pay gap in the film industry.
"There is an outrageous discrepancy between men and women in Hollywood," she adds. "Titanic is a huge hit and Leonardo DiCaprio immediately goes to $20 million per movie and Kate Winslet doesn't. But that feels totally like it's changing."
The Black Swan actress has certainly taken on less projects since giving birth to her son, 4-year-old Aleph, in 2011. But she's more than comfortable with her own status in Hollywood.
"I don't get panicky, I know the waves -- sometimes it’s quiet, sometimes it's wild," she explains about her career. "I feel like I've done so much, it allows me to try new things, like directing. I can follow my own curiosity. I've been doing this long enough to see that my path is my own. I'm not in a race with anyone."