Shortly before she welcomed daughter Amalia into the world, Natalie Portman shot a music video for James Blake's song "My Willing Heart." Neat, huh? It is sort of like making a cast mold of a baby bump for a pregnancy keepsake, but with a film crew, a body of water, moody lighting, a fuzzy sweater, a song by an acclaimed artist, and an Academy Award-winning actor. Oh, and without plaster. (Huh. So I guess it is nothing like a cast mold of a baby bump. Eh, I tried.) Regardless, “My Willing Heart” will be a cool thing to show Amalia one day.
On Monday, Blake released a music video for “My Willing Heart,” a gorgeous black-and-white clip that stars Portman and was directed by Anna Rose Holmer. Much like the record, the music video is all things stunning and moving and beautiful. And do you know what else the video has going for it? It happens to be a moving celebration of motherhood and womanhood: According to a press release (via Pitchfork), Portman filmed the clip just days before she gave birth to her second child.
“My Willing Heart,” which was co-written by Frank Ocean, appears on Blake’s 2016 album The Colour in Anything. You can (and should) watch the music video below.
This is not Portman's first foray into the music video world: The Jackie star's credits include "Carmensita" by (then-boyfriend) Devendra Banhart and "Dance Tonight" by Paul McCartney. This appears to be Amalia's first music video.