For some reason I found her more appealing in the Star Wars movies than anything else I’ve seen her in—and I’m not exactly sure why. But I really got caught up in the story and the characters. It kind of made me melancholy, which is strange—but it did come off as a real tragedy, and I felt her side of the tragedy more than anyone’s (even Ani’s). Anyway. I can understand criticisms about Christensen’s performance, especially in Attack of the Clones, but I thought Miss Portman did a fine job. Admittedly, I did think she was preternaturally beautiful here.
a lot of the fascination comes from the costumes too - which were beautifully and crreatively designed in the PT, especially Padme's (a few by Lucas too). It's an aspect most male Sci Fi fans dismiss as chick stuff, but it's an asset of the art design.
Carrie Fisher once complained that her "mother" got all the fancy dresses, while she had to run around in glorified potato sacks.
Looks beautiful and elegant in those pics and dresses. One of my exes thought Episode II the best mainly because she loved the plantet of Naboo and Padme's gowns. She also loved the deleted Meet-the-Amidalas scenes and insisted that Lucas should have done a romance Star Wars movie on Naboo.