Although Portman's friends occasionally dropped by, they were no substitute for her family. Indeed, Natalie was delighted one day to have her mother visiting the set. Ironically, after spotting Queen Amidala in heavy interstellar makeup, she promptly walked up -- and nearly hugged her daughter's body double.
[Portman once observed that by the time the final installment wrapped, she'd have spent eight years working on the Star Wars saga. Said Portman: "I'll have a B.A. in Lucas!"]