Natalie Portman trained like a pro for 'Black Swan'
December 1st, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Natalie Portman trained like a pro for 'Black Swan'

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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  1. JackieInDallas

    Ballet is HARD WORK, and I'm happy to see that the actress took it seriously enough to get into the kind of shape and frame of mind you need. As a former dancer myself (not professionally!), it takes a lot of blisters, sore muscles, strength, and tenacity to perform those moves!

    December 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    I love this woman.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    She is just delicious.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kiki

    Now, that's taking your craft seriously. Natalie Portman is an excellent actor and this is why.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |

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