Natalie Portman is 'worried' about the safety of women in the workplace

Natalie Portman is worried about the "physical safety" of women in the workplace.

The 42-year-old actress signed the now-famous letter to The New York Times that called for an end to sexual misconduct within the workplace and joined other A-Listers like Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria but seven years on from the onset of the #MeToo movement, she is not sure that much has changed even though the "conversation" has been started.

She told Marie Claire Australia: "I wish I could say that it was just [about] the danger to women and the ability for women to be in the workplace without having to worry about their physical safety. "Unfortunately, it’s not, but at least the conversation has started and the awareness has started in a way that hopefully has improved conditions. But it’s far from over; it’s still an ongoing fight."

But, the 'Black Swan' star - who is one of the owners of the Angel FC women's team in LA alongside other famous women like America Ferrera and Jessica Chastain- is hopeful for women in the film industry in general after the success of Greta Gerwig's summer comedy 'Barbie', which generated almost $1.5 billion at the box office.

She said: ""There has been progress, particularly [with] people talking about it.

"But I do think there's still such a far way to go. I was so excited by the extraordinary success of Barbie. I think it really opens the door for so many people because, unfortunately, the proof is always in financial success.

"[The' Barbie' film] proved that [a female director and cast] can be very, very successful. I think that'll help a lot more people get their films made