The actress returned to host for the first time in over a decade.
In her second time as host, Natalie Portman returned to Saturday Night Live alongside first-time musical guest Dua Lipa.
Portman’s kicked things off with a monologue that played on NBC’s persistent Olympics promotion, with cast members Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon interrupting to do sportscaster-style commentary. Leslie Jones, who will be contributing to NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage this year, also appeared to offer her expertise.
Portman’s most memorable moment from her first turn as SNL host in 2006 was a rap music video she did starring former cast members Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell in which she played a very enraged, vulgar version of herself. On Saturday, she starred in a new version of “Natalie Raps,” which was even more explicit than the first. The music video included a birthing sequence and Portman in her Queen Amidala costume from the Star Wars prequels, threatening someone with a gun. Samberg also made a cameo.
The music video ended with Portman shoving a Times Up pin into Beck Bennett’s head. During this year’s Golden Globes, Portman pointedly called out the fact that all of the nominees in the Best Director category were men. When introducing Dua Lipa later in the episode, Portman wore a Judge Aquilina shirt.
Portman also appeared in a Stranger Things season three spoof, playing Eleven, whose nosebleed side effect from her powers was mimicked by new characters with increasingly absurd powers and accompanying side effects, like a character played by Aidy Bryant who can do a very good Borat impression which puts her in a coma for three days.
Portman late appeared in a StarTrek-esque sketch alongside Bennett, who played an alien self-conscious of his body.