shoe89 found two new Black Swan articles that are accompanied by some beautiful new photos. There are a few spoilers in the articles, though nothing that hasn’t already been spoiled by the trailer and TV spots.
Natalie talks to the Los Angeles Times about her “rivalry” with co-star Mila Kunis:
After pirouetting for hours on the set of “Black Swan,” Natalie Portman would sometimes remove her pointe shoes, towel the sweat off of her brow and be met by a disapproving critique from director Darren Aronofsky.
“He’d say, ‘Oh, Mila is doing really well on her stuff. She’s so much better than you,'” the 29-year-old actress said, referring to her costar, Mila Kunis. “Darren would tell us things about each other to try to make us jealous. I think he was trying to create a rivalry in real life between us.”
The New York Times details how difficult the training for the film was:
When Ms. Portman, 29, took the part, she said, “I really thought I was better than I was.” She wasn’t completely new to ballet, having studied as a child, but at 13 she had traded in her slippers to act.
“It was a rude awakening to get there, and to be, like, I don’t know what I’m doing,” Ms. Portman said by phone, “If I had known how not close to ready I was, I never would have tried it. I’m glad I was a little ignorant slash arrogant.”