Natalie Portman dropped 20 lbs for the highly-anticipated role of Black Swan’s ballerina Nina Sayers whose “sanity crumbles” under “psychological pressure” as she seeks perfection and happiness as a dancer. The actress endured five-eight hours of rigorous training a day, including ballet, cross-training, toning and swimming.
Natalie’s portrayal as Nina is described as a “brilliant performance,” yet intensive work outs and drastic weight loss were an integral part of the role. Black Swan’s director Darren Aronofsky told Access Hollywood, “At a certain point, I looked at [Natalie's] back, and she was so skinny and so cut. I was like, ‘Natalie, start eating.’ I made sure she had a bunch of food in her trailer.”