December 1st, 2010
12:06 PM ET
Ask any dancer – and now, Natalie Portman, who portrays one in the ballet thriller “Black Swan” - and they'll tell you: Getting in shape to perform those graceful moves isn’t easy.
Page Six Magazine reveals that Portman trained rigorously for a year with former City Ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers to get in shape for the role. The process was intensive even for the slender actress, who danced ballet as a child.
“We worked five days a week doing ballet classes and exercises for toning to change her body,” Bowers said.
“About six months before filming began, we started with five hours a day, six days a week training, minimum,” Bowers added. “The idea was that, for her to play the part of a professional ballerina, she was going to have to train like one. They typically dance 10 to 12 hours a day, five days a week, so we tried to get her as close to that as possible.”
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