Not all heroes wear capes; some, apparently, wear sparkly gold Gucci gowns like the one Natalie Portman was squatting in when she got onto the ground of the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival to help out a costar. Setting a shining example of sisterhood, Portman ignored all of the cameras flickering on her as she bent over to save Raffey Cassidy from a wardrobe malfunction.
The 16-year-old Cassidy, who plays a younger version of Portman's character Celeste in Vox Lux, which opened yesterday in the United States, had a red-carpet snafu with her ethereal blue gown. While posing for photos alongside Portman and their costars Stacy Martin and Brady Corbet, Cassidy's heels became entangled in the tulle skirt of her dress. Martin and Corbet attempted to free her feet from the gown before backup arrived. After an assistant ended up working through the situation, Portman got onto the ground to help finish the job. The pair ended up walking away laughing about it, with Portman putting her arm around Cassidy.
No doubt she and Cassidy share a strong bond from working together on Vox Lux and playing the same character. But when doing so, the pair didn't directly compare notes on how they would be playing Celeste. "We didn't do a lot of work together, trying to combine the characters," Portman told the crowd at the Venice Film Festival, "because she's a completely different person after those 15 years. So it was incredible for me to see it afterwards and see what Raffey did with the character and see that it was so different than where Celeste is when I pick up the character."
Another thing she didn't know going into the project? Apparently that she would be getting an executive producer credit. When asked about it, Portman told Vanity Fair, "I do? That’s awesome! I didn’t have a relationship—I guess that’s something my agents added in, and I didn’t realize." She also revealed her next project—the upcoming biopic of rival twin advice columnists Dear Abby and Ann Landers—that "it’s very, very early. We’re still working on the script, and I think it’s going to be a while. I’m really interested in how you can become your own worst enemy and how identical twins [are] kind of a personification of fighting yourself." Portman will be playing both roles, which means that come red-carpet season for that film, if any wardrobe hiccups pop up, she will be the one forced to save herself.