Actress Natalie Portman portrays a prima ballerina in the upcoming film Black Swan, and she was determined to look the part. “[Natalie] took [the role] very seriously,” said director Darren Aronofsky. “These dancers get really, really skinny.”
Natalie took her diet and workouts to such an extreme that Darren began to worry about her. “At a certain point I looked at her back and she was so skinny and so cut — I was like, ‘Natalie, start eating,’” Darren told Access Hollywood. “I made sure she had a bunch of food in her trailer.”
The 29-year-old actress said she’s glad to be done with the filming, so that she can go back to her normal eating habits. Portman is a vocal supporter of vegetarianism, and indulged in pasta when shooting ended. “It was pretty immediate. I was ready to leave the ballet life,” she said. “I was like, ‘Please don’t let there be re-shoots for this [film] because I don’t think I could get back into the costumes!’”
Guest blogger Carrie Rezabek is the CEO and creator of Pure Barre. Carrie grew up dancing, performing and choreographing events all over the U.S. After earning a business degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Wayne State University, Carrie opened her first studio in 2001. Pure Barre now has 18 franchised locations throughout the U.S., as well as a DVD series for home-users. To find a studio near you or purchase a Pure Barre DVD, please visit Pure Barre.
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