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Natalie Portman On Losing Weight for Her Ballerina Role: ‘The whole thing, I’m aware that it’s sick.”

November 28, 2010 by  

Entertainment Weekly has the details: Working out eight hours at a time. Swimming a mile a day. Dancing despite bruised feet, aching muscles, and a displaced rib. Natalie Portman didn’t take the easy road in preparing to play ambitious ballerina Nina Sayers in Black Swan. But the 29-year-old actress says there was no other option. “So many of the emotional scenes happen while she’s dancing that there was no real way of getting around it,” explains Portman, whose character suffers a mind-bending nervous breakdown while rehearsing to dance the lead in a glitzy production of Swan Lake. Although Portman did use a double for some of the more complicated choreography, she still had to look the part of a ballerina. Portman says that not eating — or, rather, eating very little — is an essential part of a dancer’s lifestyle. “I’m a very short person, and you’re supposed to look very long,” she explains. “And you don’t have the bulk on you — which is, like, sick. The whole thing, I’m aware that it’s sick.” …For the record, not all of Portman got smaller while training. “Dancers, even when they’re really frailly skinny, have a very strong butt. So Mary Helen [former New York City Ballet company member Mary Helen Bowers] did a lot of work on my butt,” she giggles. The result? “Definitely a huge, huge, um…change.” Mila Kunis recently shared her side of the story – c heck this post! © Versus for Skinny VS Curvy , 2010. | Permalink | One comment Tags: body image , eating , quote , weight loss Related posts Lea Michele: ‘I’m a girl who eats’ (91) Scarlett Johansson: “I Could Never Lose 14 Pounds” (18) Scarlett Johansson Talks Getting Lean (While Photoshop Ads Curves) (12) Scarlett Johansson Fights Back on Weight Loss Rumours (16) Sara Rue Lost 50 Pounds! (61)

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3 Responses to “Natalie Portman On Losing Weight for Her Ballerina Role: ‘The whole thing, I’m aware that it’s sick.””

  1. julie1231 on November 28th, 2010 9:39 pm

    I love her.

  2. Krystal on August 10th, 2011 11:51 am

    Dude, right on there brohter.

  3. BertieorBirdie on August 11th, 2011 10:04 am

    How could any of this be better saettd? It couldn’t.

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