Portman was a shock Gosch’s Paddock track-watcher at Demons training last week while she was in town to attend the National Gallery of Victoria’s prestigious annual gala.
The Academy Award winner wore Melbourne’s No. 6 AFLW jumper — made famous by Daisy Pearce — before posing with club coach Simon Goodwin for photos.
Portman said she was hoping to see a live game while she was in Melbourne, but was happy to settle for a training session when discovering it was the AFL’s off-season.
However she added that some footy fans weren’t too pleased with the colours she wore at the session.
“I asked my friend who lives there: ‘Can we see a game?’ She said ‘the season’s over but I can arrange for us to go to a practice’,” Portman told The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“So we went to a practice and then they showed up with all these cameras and a jersey for me.
“Then all of a sudden people in the streets of Melbourne were like, ‘we hate you, you support the Demons’ and then other people are like, ‘cool, we love you, Demons fan’. I’m like ‘I have no idea, I just showed up’.”
Portman said she was first introduced to Aussie rules when she saw her son watching the AFL on US TV.
She then provided a bizarre description of the sport.
“My son watched Australian rules football on TV, which is sort of the ‘platypus’ of sports, I guess, because it’s like you can bounce the ball but you kick it and then you tackle each other but no padding or helmets — it’s like a crazy game,” Portman said.
“It’s really hardcore.”
DeGeneres added she was also aware of the sport, thanks to the brother of her partner Portia de Rossi, Michael.
“I know Portia’s brother is not impressed with our (US) football because that football (Aussies Rules) is much harder to play and there’s no padding and it’s a more difficult game,” DeGeneres said.
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