Singer/actress Hilary Duff admires actress Natalie Portman for doing what few celebrities succeed at - keeping her personal life out of the spotlight.

The A CINDERELLA STORY star, who hit the headlines when she began dating Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden when she was just 16, hopes to follow in Portman's footsteps and focus on her career, without the complications that fame and fortune can bring.

Duff, 18, says, "I hate the way everything you do ends up in the gossip columns.

"Natalie's unusual because she manages to keep her private life to herself.

"She's so talented and for her it's just about the work."