Hollywood suffered a mass exodus last year as swarms of celebrities fled Down Under to avoid the ravages of Covid-19.
And on Sunday, actors Sacha Baron Cohen and Natalie Portman enjoyed the perks of living in a largely coronavirus-free zone as they set sail on Sydney Harbour.
The famous duo, who both relocated to Australia with their families late last year, were spotted relaxing on a yacht with their respective children.
Sailing with the stars! Sacha Baron Cohen joined Natalie Portman and her family for a cruise on Sydney Harbour on Sunday. Pictured with Natalie’s children, Aleph, nine, and Amalia, three
They were joined by the cast of the upcoming film adaption of Carmen – including Paul Mescal, Rossy De Palma and Melissa Barrera – as well as Natalie’s husband, Benjamin Millepied, who is directing Carmen.
Sacha’s wife Isla Fisher didn’t appear to be in attendance.
Natalie, 39, enjoyed a friendly conversation with Sacha, 49, and her husband, as the stars of Carmen chatted among themselves on the lower deck.
Sailing into paradise! While many A-listers are still locked down in their LA mansions due to COVID-19, Sacha was sailing the open waters of Sydney’s famous waterway after relocating Down Under last year
Catching up: Natalie and Sacha enjoyed a leisurely conversation as they relaxed on the deck with Natalie’s lifejacket-clad children Aleph and Amalia
Boy’s time: A wild-haired Sacha was seen sharing a joke with Natalie’s husband Benjamin Millepied
Doing it how the Aussies do! At one stage, Natalie pulled out a pile of books and began reading to her childre. Among the colourful pile of literature was a children’s books from the popular Australian franchise Bluey
Natalie looked effortlessly stylish for her seafaring outing, donning a black long-sleeved jumper and dark blue jeans.
She went makeup-free for the low-key occasion and threw her dark tresses back into a messy chignon.
Meanwhile a decidedly windblown Sacha showed off his flare for fashion by wearing a floral-printed button-up shirt and blue shorts.
Stylish: Natalie looked effortlessly stylish for her seafaring outing, donning a black long-sleeved jumper and dark blue jeans
Sassy look: Sacha showed off his flare for fashion by wearing a floral-printed button-up shirt and blue shorts
Wndswept: With his hair whipping wildly in the coastal breeze, Sacha completed his look with goggle-inspired sunglasses and a silver wrist watch
Casual look: Benjamin wore a navy blue T-shirt and black cargo shorts
With his hair whipping wildly in the coastal breeze, Sacha completed his look with goggle-inspired sunglasses and a silver wrist watch.
At one stage, Natalie pulled out a pile of books and began reading to her children, Aleph, nine, and daughter Amalia, three.
Among the colourful pile of literature was a children’s books from the popular Australian franchise Bluey.
Interlude: Sacha took a break from socialising to type something on his mobile phone
Careful! Sacha looked confident as he walked barefoot around the edge of the yacht
One of the locals: Like Natalie, Sacha and Isla relocated to Australia late last year and have since enrolled their three children at a school in Sydney
Natalie has previously spoken about how quickly her children have adjusted to the Australian way of life since they moved Down Under from the US in September.
Last month, Natalie appeared via a cross on Jimmy Kimmel Live and revealed that her children have started using the local language while living Down Under.
Jimmy had asked if Natalie’s son Aleph, nine, and daughter Amalia were picking up an Australian accent.
Daring to bare! Shirtless actor Paul Mescal (right) was spotted sitting next to his Carmen co-star Melissa Barrera (left) on the lower deck
International star: Irish-born Paul soared to fame after appearing in BBC’s Normal People last year
Beefy: Paul showcased his muscular physique as he stripped down to a pair of blue boardshorts
‘More words,’ Natalie revealed.
‘When you want something, they say lollies instead of candy, tomato sauce instead of ketchup. When you want what you want, you gotta say it like the locals,’ she told Jimmy.
‘I’d like some tomato sauce with my chips,’ Natalie said with a slight Australian accent.
Not an inch to pinch! Melissa showed off her slim physique in a tie-dye T-shirt and blue denim cut-offs
Multi-talented: Melissa is a Mexican actress and singer known for telenovelas such as Siempre tuya Acapulco
Like Natalie, Sacha and Isla relocated to Australia late last year and have since enrolled their three children at a school in Sydney.
Sacha and Isla are rumoured to have fled the bright lights of Hollywood not only because of COVID-19, but also to avoid the Trump administration.
‘They didn’t want to raise their kids in Trump’s America,’ an insider recently told Sydney Morning Herald of the couple’s decision to move to Australia.
Relaxing: Spanish actress Rossy De Palma was in good spirits as she relaxed with her Carmen co-stars