By Jonathan Borge
Updated Jan 28, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Actress Natalie Portman attends the New York premiere of "Jane Got A Gun" hosted by The Weinstein Company with the Cinema Society and Serpent's Bite at The Museum of Modern Art on January 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by M
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They say fashion can often have the ability to move and inspire, and that’s precisely what occurred at New York’s Museum of Modern Art Wednesday night for the Cinema Society-hosted premiere of Natalie Portman’s latest film, Jane Got a Gun. The 34-year-old actress flashed her Oscar-winning smile on the red carpet and radiated in a floral, ethereal Valentino gown. However, the fully embroidered couture-like frock almost ruined Portman’s mascara.

“Oh my god, it’s the most beautiful dress!” she told InStyle on the red carpet. “It makes me want to cry. It’s so pretty.” Tears aside, the Harvard graduate was on hand to once again prove that she’s killing it in Hollywood—not just as a strong female force (she portrays Jane Hammond, the lead role), but also as a producer, which she once more became for the Western-themed flick.

“It was a really challenging shoot and it was interesting how it sort of paralleled what the character’s going through because she has to get so, she really has to find all of her strength to stand up to all the obstacles she’s facing,” she told us, adding, “and not in a life and death kind of way as Jane does, but in a more emotional way, I had to do that a lot myself.”

So what did the talent have to overcome on the set of Jane Got a Gun, which was filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico? “We had really serious sandstorms, to the point where our entire crew basically had to wear handkerchiefs and goggles the entire shoot. The visibility was sometimes so bad we couldn’t shoot, so it was seasonally off—the wrong time to shoot there,” she said.

Don’t think the beauty fails to keep a positive attitude, though. Her words of wisdom for young girls everywhere? “Stay in school!”