Natalie Portman credits her psychology university degree with enabling her to fully understand the movie characters she signs up to play.

The CLOSER beauty insists she never undertook the educational course to pursue a career in psychology, but doesn't regret spending years studying the subject - because it has enhanced her acting skills.

She says, "The first paper I had to write was an observation paper - five pages of just observing one human's behaviour.

"They teach you to watch people and imagine what they're going through and try and come up with understandings of people's lives."

31/01/2005 09:38