An HBO documentary recounts how Israeli actress Natalie Portman revolutionized women’s soccer in Los Angeles
The documentary ‘Angel City’, which will be released in May, follows the activities of the Jerusalem-born actress and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the founding of the team.
An upcoming HBO documentary series will highlight the role of Academy Award-winning Israeli actress Natalie Portman in bringing the Angel City Football Club to Los Angeles. The film will debut on HBO in May and will stream on HBO Max.
The production will tell the story of the team’s first season in the United States Women’s National Soccer League. Portman is the executive producer.
Born in Jerusalem, the actress is a founder and principal investor in the female ownership group behind the club. The institution was announced in July 2020 and began competing in 2022.
The ownership group includes a number of A-list athletes, businessmen and other Hollywood stars like Serena Williams, Jessica Chastain and many others. Portman was also a founding member of Time’s Up, a non-profit NGO that promoted the Me Too movement in support of victims of sexual harassment.
“Watching my son idolize players like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan in the same way he idolized Lionel Messi or Karim Benzema, I realized that amplifying female athletes could quickly change the culture.”she said.
“Our dream is to make women’s soccer as valued as men’s soccer around the world,” added Portman. The three-part HBO series will tell the behind-the-scenes story of how the team got its start.
“Pulling back the curtain on the origin story to the inaugural 2022 season of the women-founded and led team, the series reveals the passion and grit it takes to build a franchise from the ground up and blaze a bold path in the world of professional sports. ”, reads a press release from WarnerMedia, the parent company of HBO.