The stars and director of “Black Swan” talk about training, choreography, and, yes, the lesbian sex scene

Millepied, meanwhile, noted that he choreographed the film’s ballet around Portman and co-star Kunis.

"The dances were inspired by (Portman and Kunis’) qualities and molded on their bodies, looks and what they could do: The basics were there, I just built on them," he noted.

Kunis noted that her training was "far from effortless" despite the ease with which she moves onscreen.

"It was months of training beforehand," Kunis said. "You can only take so much physicality. You have to immerse yourself in this world. It was three months of training seven days a week for four or five months before production started.

"Ballet is one of the most physically excruciating sports that I’ve ever been a part of," she added. "They train constantly, every single day. Your body changes, your shoulders square, your chest opens up."


Kunis, whose credits include Forgetting Sarah Marshall and That ’70s Show, also noted that she trusted director Aronofsky when it came to casting — and filming her same-sex love scene with Portman.

"Doing something like this with Darren was very safe and as comfortable as something like this could be," said Kunis, who noted that Black Swan marked her first big-screen same-sex love scene. "I did a film called After Sex with Zoe Saldana in which she played my girlfriend. We never had a sex scene; we had the ‘What happens after we have sex’ scene, which doesn’t really count."

Kunis noted that filming a love scene is uncomfortable, regardless if it’s opposite a man or woman, and that she didn’t feel she was exploited in the film at all.

"Whether you have a same-sex scene or an opposite-sex scene, it’s always going to be a little uncomfortable," she said. "As far as being exploited, I go back to Darren and I trust him.

"The great thing about this (movie) is Natalie and I were actually really friends first, which made (filming the love scene) easier," she continued. "We didn’t really discuss it much, we just kind of did it. (The scene) made sense for the character. It wasn’t put into the film for shock value; it wasn’t something we need to justify as to why we were doing it."

With all the ballet training, Kunis noted that Black Swan is the closest thing she’s come to being perfect — the quest for which drives Portman’s Nina over the edge.

"This role is probably the hardest of everything I’ve dome when it comes to characters, whether it’s comedy, drama or romance: You want to make sure it’s believable. This was the closest I’ve ever come to being perfect," she said.

But is Kunis anything like the Black Swan she’s made out to be in the film? "I think everyone has a little Black Swan in them. I’m a healthy balance of them, I hope. I’m not as particularly adventurous as a Black Swan," she noted.

Kunis, who shed 20 pounds for the part, noted that she was relieved — and extremely excited to eat again — when the film wrapped.

"It took me five months to lose 20 pounds and it took me hours to gain it back," she said, noting that she headed directly to Panda Express, and later, after landing home in L.A. the same day, to In-N-Out for a double double, animal fries and rootbeer float. "It was fantastic," she recalled.

Portman, meanwhile, celebrated the film’s completion with one meal: "Pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner."

Black Swan opens in select theaters Dec. 3.

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