"Everyone smiles a lot here. It's so nice," Portman said of the difference between Paris and Los Angeles

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated August 26, 2016 11:05 AM
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Natalie Portman is relieved to be back stateside.

The actress stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, where she discussed her recent move back to the United States after living in Paris. Turns out, being abroad for a number years left Portman with a bit of a culture shock after returning to Los Angeles.

“Everyone smiles a lot here. It’s so nice,” the 35-year-old actress said of the difference between the two iconic cities. “They’re very cool in France.”

Portman, who is married to French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, said it took her a little while to adjust to Americans’ sunny disposition after living in a city that was a bit more reserved.

“I didn’t realize that I got used to it until I got here and I was so surprised when I would get in an elevator and someone would start a conversation,” joked Portman, who has a 5-year-old son with Millepied. “Or someone would smile at my child. I’d be like, ‘What a good person.’ ”

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In Paris, Portman says she had a strict set of etiquette guidelines she had to follow.

“There are a lot of rules of politeness and codes of behavior that you have to follow,” she said.

Needless to say, the actress couldn’t be happier about being in the United States.

“I feel like it’s a lot looser here,” she said.