December 14th, 2010
12:33 PM ET
Natalie Portman gives a powerhouse performance as a tortured ballerina in the psychological thriller "Black Swan," but it's the steamy kiss she shares with Mila Kunis that is on everyone's lips - and Portman completely understands.
“Lesbian scenes, sex scenes, they’re all over the place!” the 29-year-old actress, who has made a career out of playing wholesome characters, tells January's Vogue of today's films. "But because it’s me, people are shocked."
Still, she adds, "I see the value of a good‐girl persona - it’s so easy to subvert it!”
While Portman has no problem stripping down for the camera, she'll only do it under certain circumstances.
"There’s a difference between being in a bra and underpants as an object on a men’s magazine cover and playing yourself - a woman with desires and needs who loves and laughs with her friends - in a bra and underpants," she explains. "You become an object if you simply put it out there."
Portman, who was photographed for the magazine by Peter Lindbergh, also makes it clear that despite losing weight for "Black Swan," she doesn't share her character's obsession with being thin.
"I swear, I eat. I ate a bagel an hour ago," she tells Vogue. "I like pleasure, I like joy. I’d never get to the point where I would starve or injure myself like Nina does. I’m the opposite - when I’m hungry, I eat, and I always make sure I’m eating something delicious. I’m tough on myself in terms of the standards I want to live up to, but that’s also part of my pleasure: knowing you are being your fullest self. Being your fullest self is a lot of work.”
The January issue of Vogue arrives on newsstands December 21.
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