Natalie Portman: 'Black Swan' almost killed me
"There were some nights that I thought I literally was going to die," she told EW recently about playing perfection-obsessed ballerina Nina Sayers.
"It was the first time I understood how you could get so wrapped up in a role that it could sort of take you down."
Portman indeed reaches terrifying places is Darren Aronofsky's sexually charged fever-dream of a film, but Portman was more concerned about the movie finding an audience. And then she realized that lady-loving with Mila Kunis would save the day.
"I remember them being like, 'How do you get guys to a ballet movie? How do you get girls to a thriller?' And the answer is a lesbian scene," she said.
"Everyone wants to see that."
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: It's her turn — Natalie Portman stars in "Black Swan." Credit: Niko Tavernise / Fox Searchlight.