Natalie Portman is pleased she got to party before the dawn of social media.

The 34-year-old actress has admitted she indulged her wild side when she was younger and she is grateful she got to do it before websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram became such a ubiquitous part of people's lives.

In an interview with the September issue of Marie Claire magazine - which is available now - she said: ''I was in that lucky window: there was no Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. I went out and got drunk with my friends and no one knew.''

Speaking to the publication, Portman also complained about the gender pay gap in Hollywood.

The 'Black Swan' star insists there is an ''outrageous discrepancy'' between what leading men and women are paid for their work and she says it has to change.

She said: ''There is an outrageous discrepancy between men and women in Hollywood. 'Titanic' is a huge hit and Leonardo Dicaprio immediately goes to $20 million per movie and Kate Winslet doesn't. But that feels totally like it's changing. Young women like Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart - they're the stars now. I don't even know who the guys are who are their age.''

Portman - who is married to Benjamin Millepied, who she has four-year-old son Aleph with - doesn't worry about where her own career is going any more and accepts that there will be periods where she is less in demand.

The Oscar winner - who began acting at the age of 11 - said: ''I don't get panicky, I know the waves - sometimes it's quiet, sometimes it's wild. I feel like I've done so much, it allows me to try new things, like directing. I can follow my own curiosity. I've been doing this long enough to see that my path is my own. I'm not in a race with anyone.''