Monday, Apr. 04, 2011

Natalie Portman

Age: 29
Occupation: Actress
Previous TIME 100 appearances: 0

Her performance in Black Swan as a New York City ballet dancer who cracks under the pressure is both haunting and exhilarating. Portman was a widely respected actress beforehand, but the grueling requirements of this role put her on another level in 2010. She won multiple awards for her performance, including an Oscar for Best Actress.