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Natalie Portman on Bulking up for Thor: ‘I Was Asked to Get as Big as Possible’

Five foot three Natalie Portman, slight of build and high of voice, has always been a naturally petite presence. Even with her powerhouse acting chops, she comes across as elfin, a trope she’s played against for humor in skits like “Natalie’s Rap” on SNL. But for her upcoming role as The Mighty Thor (Jane Foster plus hammer plus powers) in Thor: Love and Thunder, she was asked for the first time in her career to add muscle to her frame, and the physical change affected her mentally as well.

“On Black Swan, I was asked to get as small as possible,” Portman told Variety, reflecting on the role—a ballerina—that netted her an Oscar. “[For Thor], I was asked to get as big as possible. That’s an amazing challenge—and also state of mind as a woman.”

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“To have this reaction and be seen as big, you realize, ‘Oh, this must be so different, to walk through the world like this,’” she added. “When you’re small—and also, I think, because I started as a kid—a lot of times I feel young or little or, like, a pat-on-the-head kind of person. And I present myself that way, too, because of that.”

For the role, soccer team part-owner Portman worked with a trainer for ten months, although not even the most talented physical trainer could make the actor taller, which the script called for. Instead, a ramp was built for Natalie Portman to walk on during filming so that she could stand eye-to-eye with co-star Chris Hemsworth. 

“It was actually one of our running jokes,”she said, after co-star Tessa Thompson alluded to the way the word “deck” sounds when pronounced with a New Zealand accent, as director Taika Waititi has. “Chris would have to…They’d all have to navigate my deck!”

The 11 Best Clothing Sales to Shop This Fourth of July

While lounging poolside and watching fireworks is great, we’ve got additional plans in mind for the upcoming holiday weekend: shopping the best 4th of July sales. Warm weather is finally here, meaning the time is right to round out your summer ‘fits—and thankfully, there are tons of Independence Day clothing deals that you can shop right now.

While you might associate the holiday with deals on mattresses, laptops, and skincare, it’s also an opportunity for some of the best clothing sales of the year. In fact, there are already so many retailers and brands slashing prices that it can be hard to find where, exactly, the best discounts are hiding. (And, honestly, socializing beats endless scrolling when it’s nice outside.) So we did the digging for you, curating all the 4th of July clothing sales worth shopping now through the holiday weekend.

Whether you’re looking for a staple swimsuit for every pool party and tropical vacation, a breezy wedding-guest dress for outdoor ceremonies, or a pair of sunglasses to top off any outfit, it’s high time to snatch up the pieces you’ve been eyeing for weeks. From Madewell to Shopbop to Nordstrom, these are the best 4th of July sales you shouldn’t miss this month. (And watch this space for updates on brands like J.Crew, Nike, Bandier, and Kate Spade.)

With Amazon Prime Day on the horizon—July 12 and 13, to be exact—the retailer is already dropping prices on summer style must-haves. We’re especially loving this flowy dress and these white sneakers, which, just saying, would look so good together.

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is also about to drop, but until then, it’s worth combing through the mega-retailer’s clearance section for designer deals up to 60% off. You know you could always use another wedding-ready dress or pair of denim shorts.

Madewell is offering 30% off sitewide with promo code HEATWAVE—and that means deep discounts on the relaxed dresses, tried-and-true denim, and wear-everywhere accessories that you were already planning on buying.

Tons of romantic, breezy staples are 20% off at Free People’s summer solstice sale, which is stocked with pretty much everything you’ll need to make this season an unforgettable (and especially stylish) one. Tulum, here we come!

If you’ve sworn never to pay full price for designer, Net-a-Porter’s summer sale is about to become your best friend. You’ll find hundreds of women’s luxury goods that are perfect for your next cute summer outfit, all at a fraction of their original prices.

Shopbop’s sale section is seemingly never-ending, and thousands of newly discounted items (at up to 70% off, no less) have just been added. Our only advice? Snag all the jeans, tees, tops, totes, and swimwear you can before the holiday weekend.

Urban’s own Solstice Sale is chock-full of best-selling seasonal styles like sandals, summer dresses, and bras—and for a limited time, it’s all a whopping 50% off at checkout. Need we say more?

The ongoing Ssense sale just got much better, thanks to new markdowns and deeper discounts up to 60% off retail. Whether you’re searching for a statement pieces to wear to your next event or elevated basics to turn the sidewalk into a runway, you’ll find them here.

Aerie’s cute, on-trend swimwear belongs in your carry-on, and you can pick it up right now for a slick half-off. On top of that deal, you’ll also find discounts of up to 50% on the rest of the retailer’s collection and BOGO sale styles, meaning a total closet refresh might be in order.

For offbeat designer finds that won’t set off any credit card alerts, MatchesFashion is your ticket. The retailer is offering up to 60% off select sale items from the likes of Jacquemus and Chloé. It’s one of the most underrated sales of the season, so don’t miss it.

Just in time for the holiday weekend, & Other Stories is holding a rare sale—this time with fresh markdowns on smocked dresses, wide-leg trousers, and leather sandals. Select styles are up to 50% off, no code necessary.

The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2: Everything We Know

Grab the chapstick, tissues, and sunscreen, because we’re diving back into the romance series that already made you cry your mascara off. 

The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2 is happening, a follow-up to the Amazon show based on Jenny Han’s best-selling young adult book series. In fact, it was renewed for a second season before the first even aired. Han will continue to be co-showrunner on the series; her partner on season one, Gabrielle Stanton, will be replaced by Sarah Kucserka for the second season. Exciting!

And…it may be more than summer. “I’m looking forward to seeing other seasons. Literal seasons. All you see is summertime now. There’s a lot more road to hoe and we’ll get to see (Belly’s) world get a bit bigger,” Han said of the future.

Here’s everything else we know about The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2:

Which cast members are returning? 

The main cast are all locked in for more seasons. Lola Tung, who plays protagonist Belly, told Today that she’s “excited to see how the relationships evolve and how the characters continue to grow” in future seasons.

Christopher Briney, who plays the irresistible Conrad Fisher, said of the future, “I want to know what happens! I read the book, but I haven’t seen the script yet.” Gavin Casalegno, who plays Conrad’s nice guy brother Jeremiah, added, “You never know.”

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What’s it about? 

We’re assuming that since the first season (generally) followed the first book, the second will follow the sequel, It’s Not Summer Without Youwith some changes, of course.

In the book series (spoiler!), Jeremiah and Conrad’s mother Susannah dies between the first and second books, so much of the second book is about the main characters processing her death. However, in the book series, Susannah decides not to treat her cancer recurrence…a decision she reverses in the streaming show. Does that mean Susannah will live to see another summer on Amazon? Very possible.

The second book is a continuation on the themes of the first, with the central love triangle of Belly, Conrad and Jeremiah, and themes of growing up and learning to be independent. Conrad’s in college now, and is using his newfound freedom unwisely. So it’s up to Jeremiah and Belly to make things right…easier said than done.

When will it premiere? 


Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul’ Is Already Inspiring People to Quit Their Jobs

The more immediate impact is individuals controlling what they can—like leaving their jobs. Portia, 42, has been considering resigning from her corporate job for a while now. Like the lyrics in the song, she’s newly in love and her partner has encouraged her to explore what work she could do outside of her job. The song, she says, moved her “to really look at what’s holding me back, and how I can keep my soul happy.” Before, quitting was a bit of a daydream. But after hearing the song, she thought, “I might actually quit and invest in me.”

This is what experts call “The Beyoncé Effect.” Literally—Professor Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, editor of the 2016 book The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race and Feminism weighed in on why messaging from Beyoncé hits harder than messaging from any other famous person. Beyoncé is super smart and savvy, and she’s tapping into the reality that people are rethinking their lives after living through years of Covid, Trier-Bieniek argues. “She’s saying, ‘It’s okay if you feel this way, you’re entitled to these feelings.’ That’s what makes her a powerful performer—she really does tell people, especially Black women, ‘You are wonderful the way you are, you don’t need to change that.’” Trier-Bieniek cites Toi Derricotte, a Black woman poet who is often associated with Beyoncé through a line in Derricotte’s work: “Joy is an act of resistance.” 

That’s exactly what Jahelis, a 28-year-old who quit her job one day before “Break My Soul” came out: validation. She felt underpaid and poorly treated, but after quitting she started panicking. Then she heard the song. 

“Do you understand how insane it feels to have Beyoncé herself affirming your life decisions?” she tells Glamour. “Adulthood is terrifying, and I thought by this age I would have more answers to life, that I would know what I was doing by now. And I don’t. Every moment of every day is just spent questioning myself and my choices and asking if I’m doing the right thing with no response. Well: not this time.” 

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter. 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3: Everything We Know

Back in 2002, Nia Vardalos’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding, based on her own upbringing and romantic life, went on an unprecedented box office run, climbing every week through sheer word of mouth to become the highest-grossing romantic comedy ever. Not too bad for an indie starring a 40-year-old woman most audiences had never heard of. So it’s not surprising that the massive hit spawned a (short-lived) TV series and then, in 2016, a sequel. But did anyone think we’d be back for round three?

In June 2022, Vardalos announced via Instagram that not only is MBFGW 3 happening, it’s already filming in Greece. And this time, Vardalos herself is directing!  

“Thank you to Playtone, Gold Circle, HBO and Focus! And much love and gratitude to you all for your support as we waited to film. Greece baby. Greece! 🇬🇷 🎥 #Mybigfatgreekwedding3,” she wrote in the caption.

Check out the announcement video if you want to learn a little Greek yourself:

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Here’s everything we know about the flick:

Who’s in the cast? 

Vardalos will return as Toula, but no other official cast announcements have been made. Joey Fatone implied on Instagram that he is involved in the project, which honestly makes me really happy.


Iskra Lawrence Drops Her Skin-Care Routine

Most important, however, is moisturizing—on her face, yes, but also her neck, décolletage, the back of her hands, and behind the ear. Always. “Moisturizing the skin on my body is just as important as my face,” she explains. “And I really take the time to do that. I even think about what products I’m putting on my skin—do I want to even my skin tone? Do I want more brightening? Am I looking for serious hydration if I’m dry?” 

It’s fitting then that Lawrence started her own skin-care inspired body care brand, Saltair. The collection of cleansers and lotions are made with natural botanicals and avoid any questionable materials, preservatives, or common skin irritants. But besides softer skin, the goal of Lawrence and Saltair is to make the sometimes-mundane routine of a shower feel like a luxurious self-care ritual.

“I love that little bit of time that I have every day to invest in doing something for me and my skin,” she says. “Your skin is a part of you—it’s your biggest organ—so giving it some love is a priority.” 

Here, Iskra Lawrence drops her skin-care routine.

My Cleansers

I’ve gotten very into double cleansing, and this brand Make does a pre-cleanse. It’s an oil cleanse; I’ve tried oil cleansers before and some stick to my skin, some are too thick for me, but this one is the most beautiful texture. It goes on really nice and milky when you activate it with water. At night, I’ll put my pre-cleanse oil on and rub it in. Then I get some warm water in my hands and then I’ll have my second cleanser right there, so I can kind of blindly find that. I’m using the Face Reality Ultra Gentle Cleanser. That has really helped me with my breakouts and acne.

And then, I’ve always got a hot face cloth that I have hung up by the side of me. I personally like my face cloth to be super hot and steamy. It makes me feel extra clean. So I get that pretty warm, wring it out, and then I put the flannel on my face and just really enjoy that moment of feeling super clean and my pores opened up. And then, while my skin is still damp, that’s when I apply my serum.

Make Pre Cleanse Fluid Oil Cleanser

Face Reality Ultra Gentle Cleanser

My Serums

I have a couple of different serums that I like to use. I’ll sometimes put face serums on parts of my body, and I always put it on the backs of my hands. Always. So depending on whether my skin is dry, congested, or needs brightening, I really switch it up between my different products. Right now, I’m mostly going to my Naturium Hyaluronic Acid, which is really, really moisturizing and nourishing. It’s very gentle and calming on my skin. 

Naturium Quadruple Hyaluronic Acid Serum 5%

But I also have this Face Reality Mandelic Acid and I’ve been working my way up. I don’t use that every day because it’s quite an intense acid. I use that every other day or every second day. I’m currently on 8%—I started at 5%, I’m on 8%, and I have an 11% ready for when I finish this bottle. I’m loving the results. It feels like it just really exfoliates my pores, and I haven’t been getting congestion since using it. I wouldn’t do it every day because it might be a bit intense for me and I need the benefits of moisturizing products and hydrating products as well.

My Body Wash

In the morning I shower with my Saltair Body Wash. It’s beautiful. We really did formulate it with skin-care-loving ingredients, and I’ve noticed my skin is brighter. I am someone who suffers with redness and bumps and that definitely helps. At night, I will sometimes shower and then do a really nice, thick, creamy lotion after that feels like I’m cocooning my skin. 

Saltair Santal Bloom Body Wash

My Face Spray

I’ve been using the Cocokind Rose Water Toner. It’s just a really moisturizing, gentle spray. It’s something on my face to rehydrate it, so that when I put my moisturizer on I lock that all in. 

Cocokind Rosewater Facial Toner

My Moisturizer

I’ve been using the Super Cell Deep Moisture Cream by Make because it’s so thick and luscious and doesn’t feel greasy. It’s like a cocoon on my face, and I’m obsessed. I’m on my second tub in a month. I plaster it on my chest, neck, hands…

Super Cell Deep Moisture Cream

My Lip Balm

I always use Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, the vanilla one, at night. I don’t know what it is, but I prefer non-scented products at night or ones that have a more calming fragrance. So I put that vanilla one on, which is delicious

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask


I try and hold off on makeup and instead focus on SPF. I focus on nice tinted SPFs if I want to get the best of both worlds. I love the Ilia Skin Tint if I want an even kind of base that’s glowy. Or I love EltaMD’s tinted sunscreen. I just wish they had more range of shades, though. 

My Hair Treatments

Once a week, I’ll do a hair treatment. Because your hair, your scalp—that’s part of your skin-care routine too. I feel like people forget that clearly you have skin on your scalp, on your head. I’ve got this applicator; whatever serum you put into it, it goes through the little bristles and so you can literally just get all that serum right onto your scalp. Right now I’ve got the Carol’s Daughter growth serum. It’s potent, but it’s so light that it’s not greasy. So I can use it one or two days before I even wash my hair. I haven’t found many scalp treatments like that—that just absorb in and you can’t tell the difference. I will then do something heavier the night before I’m going to shower. I love putting oils in my hair, like a combination of castor oil and sweet almond oil. Sometimes I use peppermint oil to really stimulate my scalp. I got pretty obsessed postpartum because I lost a lot of hair. 

Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Scalp and Hair Oil

Anna Moeslein is the deputy editor at Glamour.

Regé-Jean Page Addressed Those Bridgerton Season 3 Rumors

While Ashley previously told Glamour that she was at least hoping for “a small appearance” in season 3, it sounds like her role will be more substantial, especially now that she’s the (female) head of the Bridgerton household. “She’s got big boots to put on…. I’m just excited for her to have a home and to have a family,” she said. “I’m excited to see her grow.” 

Ashley also told E!, “Yes, there will be a post-marriage Kanthony story for sure.” Yes!!!

Perhaps the biggest casting news for season 3 is the announcement that Francesca Bridgerton has been recast. According to Deadline, Hannah Dodd will now take over the role for Ruby Stokes, who has other filming commitments. This means we’ll likely see much more of Francesca’s story next season—something Van Dusen also confirmed to Glamour. “We unfortunately lost Ruby [Stokes] midway through filming [season 2] due to another project,” he told us. “Francesca was actually written into the season much more than you see her in the final edit. We tried really hard to make it work, but we just couldn’t. So after exhausting a bunch of other options, we unfortunately had to take Francesca out of some of the scripts due to reasons that were really beyond our control…. Francesca is definitely a Bridgerton. She has her own love story in book six, so it was always my goal and my intention to focus on one Bridgerton sibling per season and to definitely tell the stories of all those brothers and sisters at some point.”

What about Regé-Jean Page? 

Every Bridgerton fan was of course crushed to learn that Regé-Jean Page, season 1’s heartstoppingly beautiful leading man, would not be appearing in the second season along with his costar Phoebe Dynevor. At the time Page was, in fact, adamant in his decision to quit the series after the sexy first season. 

And, despite some rumors to the contrary, Page confirmed once again that he will not be returning to the series. In an Instagram posted June 21, Page wrote that “the papers made that one up,” referring to speculation that he was in talks to make a triumphant return for season three. 

What about changes behind the scenes?

Chris Van Dusen, the series creator, will be stepping aside, and Jess Brownell, a writer who has worked across the ShondaVerse, will be taking over as showrunner.

When will it come out?

Again, this isn’t confirmed yet but an educated guess tells us 2023, probs.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Best Under-$100 Swimsuits to Take on Your Next Trip

Your trip is booked. Your outfits are planned. Now it’s time to pack your beach bag with one of the best swimsuits under $100. Between the five-star resorts, feed-worthy adventures, and delicious meals, vacations can get expensive. But, does that mean your swimwear has to be too? (And in this economy?) Absolutely not.

It’s far too easy to blow your budget before you even step foot on a plane—which is why we did the digging for you to find stylish swimsuit picks that only look expensive. From high-waisted bikinis to sleek one-pieces and spicy styles perfect for those with bigger busts, shop the best swimsuits under $100 now—and save your hard-earned coin for the actual destination.

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Brad Pitt Took Up Two (More) Creative Hobbies During the Pandemic

You thought your journaling and sourdough bread-making during 2020 made you introspective? Nah, not compared to Brad Pitt, who went deep on soul-searching and hobby-cultivating while locked down in Los Angeles.

Specifically, Pitt has picked up everyone’s favorite Cool Guy at a Party trick, playing a lil guitar. In a new profile for GQ, filmmaker Spike Jonze recalls, “The other day he came over obsessing over the song ‘Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)’ that Arcade Fire released two days earlier, and we sat and listened to it and played guitar and sang along to it a dozen times just to get to experience it inside out. I could feel the song spilling out of him.” What, no “Wonderwall”?

And while Seth Rogen might have expanded his weed habit into a small business while producing some honestly pretty dope pottery, Pitt also got into the ceramics game. Writer Ottessa Moshfegh describes his candlestick creations as “heavy,” painted black and gold, and “very handsome.”

“That’s porcelain,” said Pitt. “Everything I read, porcelain’s about being thin so that light penetrates, the thinner you get. It’s a cardinal sin to make it thick…What I love is the heft, like a Leica camera or a quality watch. You could dump this in the dirt and someone could dig it up 2,000 years later, because it’s been under a volcanic reaction.” Totally.

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But before you say Pitt has gone all artsy-fartsy, consider that he would describe himself not as an artist, but as a practitioner of a “solo, very quiet, very tactile kind of sport.” Elsewhere in the piece, says Pitt, “Art is something that gives you goose bumps, that makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, that brings a tear to the eye. Maybe it’s because someone understood before you, you’re not alone.” Somehow, heartbreak feels good in a place like this.

Nobody Could Have Played Ms. Marvel But Iman Vellani

Glamour: So, what will you be doing when the show premieres? Do you have any plans?

Iman Vellani: Yeah, we’re going back to additional photography for The Marvels. So, still going to be working.

Will you take any time to celebrate or mark it as a big day?

Oh God, I think we already celebrated as a cast, but it’s going to be weird. We’re all going to be separated when the show comes out, which I kind of sucks. Everyone’s super supportive and hopefully we’ll see each other soon because it’s a great group of people who’ve worked on the show, honestly.

I read you were with friends when you got the news that you booked the show, and you celebrated with burritos.

My friends didn’t even know I had auditioned. I got the part in front of them, and they were super confused.

How did you feel in that moment? What was going through your head?

I felt nothing. I couldn’t believe it. I was extremely shocked and just felt numb, honestly. It’s the biggest thing ever because my entire life is Marvel and now I’m in it. It’s just really surreal because you can’t even…it’s so unattainable. My entire family and friends, I didn’t know anybody who’s in the arts or in the industry or anything, and now I’m in it. I just can’t really believe it.

With Marvel being such a big franchise, and you’re leading your own show within it, has anyone given you advice or helped prepare you for this new platform that’s coming your way? 

Brie Larson was actually the first person to reach out to me after I got cast, like only a couple days later. It’s just so nice speaking with her because even though she was already an established actor, Marvel completely changed her life and her fan base. The amount of attention that this franchise gives you is absolutely incomparable to anything else. This next year is going to be really insane and hectic for me. It’s really great that she’s kind of mentally preparing me for that and sharing her experiences and what gets her through all this.

As you were preparing for this role, what did you want to bring to the character? Was there anything you wanted to do to show your take on this part?

I honestly didn’t do much prep for my self-tape. I did it at three in the morning and was super tired and just wanted to get it over with. But afterward, they gave me a second chance. I just wanted to bring myself, really. I just felt like I knew this character, like the back of my hand. I felt like I lived her life. I felt like the comics were written about me. So because I felt that close to the source material, I found it really easy to just allow myself to bring all of myself into the role and trust that’s the right thing to do. Honestly, I was super encouraged by the people at Marvel. They were like, “Look, don’t do any prep. Just read the lines as you would read them because we want Iman Vellani and that’s it.” So, that was super helpful for me to hear.