Natalie Portman Says She’s Not Like Her Black Swan Character
Portman explains to ‘Vogue’ that she’s nothing like her ‘Black Swan’ character Nina.
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
Natalie Portman’s smash hit film Black Swan has received a fair amount of criticism for allegedly glorifying eating disorders, but Portman says she’s nothing like her extreme character Nina.
“I like pleasure, I like joy. I’d never get to the point where I would starve or injure myself like Nina does,” Portman says in the January issue of Vogue. “I’m the opposite — when I’m hungry, I eat, and I always make sure I’m eating something delicious. I’m tough on myself in terms of the standards I want to live up to, but that’s also part of my pleasure: knowing you are being your fullest self. Being your fullest self is a lot of work.”
Portman admits she adopted an extreme exercise routine to prepare for the film, but the former dancer insists that she hasn’t let that training impact her normal diet.
“I swear, I eat. I ate a bagel an hour ago. I consume my own weight in hummus every day. I cook a lot, and I even do vegan baking,” Portman says. Perhaps she’d like to share her recipes! (PopEater)