Natalie Portman: I had trouble playing the pure girl in 'Black Swan' [video]
In "Black Swan," Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller set in the world of ballet, Natalie Portman stars as a dancer whose dark impulses threaten to undermine her goody-two-shoes image.
It's the way that the actress handles this conflict that has won her acclaim. But Portman says the performance she delivers in the film didn't come easy -- and that she actually had trouble tapping into the pure, childlike side of her character.
"Being really girlish was the most out of my comfort zone, because I really felt like I'd left that behind," the 29-year-old said on the red carpet at the movie's Hollywood premiere at AFI Fest Thursday night.
Check out the video to see the full interview.
-- Amy Kaufman
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