Natalie Portman’s journey as ballerina Nina
Natalie Portman also underwent intense training to play Nina, resulting in her frame shrinking even more. The film Black Swan is the story of a dancer’s fall into madness, and Portman’s preparation for the part was comparable.
Portman ate a carrot-and-almond diet, cross-trained, swam, and studied ballet in a short period. “There were times when I felt like I was going to die,” Portman recalled. Fortunately, she didn’t have to; however, she dislocated a rib during filming. Natalie received an Academy Award for her performance as Adele Bloch.