Actress Natalie Portman posed for the cover of the winter issue for V magazine, and was asked about her new role in the film Black Swan, which began shooting in New York City this month. Up until this point, we’ve known little about the film, other than Natalie and Mila Kunis play rival ballerinas who end up bedding one another.
It’s a pretty serious sex scene, and a lesbian one at that. Portman, however, insists “it’s not raunchy—it’s extreme.”
She used to avoid roles like this, at first turning down 1999’s Anywhere But Here because of a nude scene. (It was excised to get her back on board.)
“I was figuring out my own sexual identity, likes and dislikes and all that stuff, and it’s weird to be doing stuff on film as you’re figuring it out,” she explains. “Also, being a sexual object when you’re a kid is really uncomfortable. After The Professional, I was already getting creepy letters.”
She’s still somewhat inhibited by what lurks on the Internet. “It’s annoying, because online bullsh-tinterferes with what I want to do artistically. I’m not opposed to sexuality or nudity in a film, but I’m very opposed to pornography sites and you’re pretty much giving them material if you do any of that. It’s always a big dilemma for me.”
As if their bodies weren’t awesome already, both Mila and Natalie had to train intensely for their roles, as Mila noted they have had to study dancing "7 days a week, 4-5 hours a day of doing ballet cardio and pilates."
The co-stars have been seen attending performances around NYC, and darn it if they don’t look adorable together.
Besides the sex scene, I can’t wait to see Black Swan, based on the description I recently found, calling it a "supernatural drama is set in the world of New York City Ballet."
Natalie Portman stars as a veteran ballerina who finds herself “locked in to a competitive showdown with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance.” But it isn’t as simple as that — the big twist is that Portman’s character is not sure whether her rival is a supernatural apparition or if she is having delusions. Mila Kunis is playing the rival dancer named Lilly.
It does sound a little bit like High Tension with tutus, but really, I can’t wait.