Now don't get me wrong...I think she's hot too, but I also think she hurt AOTC. As I was watching AOTC for 7th time last night, I was trying to figure out why so many of the critics and a few fans have said that the acting was horrid. I personally think it all came from Natalie. She was just too dry and didn't deliver her lines well, and IMO hindered some of Hayden's performance in the love scenes. Now, on the other hand, I think she played her role very well in TPM as an unemotional queen, but now that she needs to show some emotion in her acting, she's just not very good at it. Also, look at some of her other movies like "Where the Heart Is." She's very dry and unemotional in that movie too, and in general, not a very good actor. We all know GL couldn't very well switch actresses half way through the PT, but do you think it was a wise choice to cast Portman in such an important role (minus the fact that she's a hottie)? I personally think another actress would've been better for the success of the PT, and helped bring some more emotion to the films. P.S. Before you're quick to cast your opinion, remember lines like: "I will not give into this." - very dry and ruined what was a very good performance by Hayden.