When I was a youngling and I saw ANH for the first time, Princess Leia instantly became my icon and hero. She still is. For years I wondered who was that "very beautiful, kind, but sad" woman who had been her mother. We finally got to meet her in TPM...a girl of 14 who was wise, intelligent, and mature, but also gentle and compassionate. I've been a fan of PadmÃ© Amidala's ever since. I can see young girls looking up to her the way I looked up to Leia. To be honest I started this thread because some of the nastiness directed at PadmÃ© and at Natalie Portman on the JC made my insides want to spill out. I'm tired of people saying PadmÃ© is arrogant, a pain, snobby, or an idiot for falling in love with Anakin. I'm irritated with the Nat bashers; she's a fine actress, a lovely young lady, and putting her career on hold to complete her education earns my respect. So this is the place for those who love Mrs. Skywalker. This is not a thread for bashing PadmÃ© or Natalie. Got that? --MissPadme Kate edit: Please visit the original Padme Naberrie Amidala Fan Club.