“I didn’t really think about the fact that I was going to have sex with her,” she told MTV News of suggesting her good friend for the part.
Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated “Black Swan,” due out in theaters on Friday, is having the movie world buzzing. The ballet film, starring Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers, promises to be both unsettlingly dark and breathtakingly beautiful, as the prima ballerina vies for the coveted lead role in ” Swan Lake”. When a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), battles for the top spot, Portman’s character is drawn into an intense psychological competition, full of sexual overtones, including the much-publicized [article id=”1653266″]love scene between Portman and Kunis[/article].
From what we’ve seen, the battle of wills between the dancers is ruthless, and their ensuing sexual encounters are just as intense. It would be hard to believe that Portman and Kunis are, in fact, close friends in real life. When MTV News recently caught up with the lead actress, she spoke about the experience of shooting such difficult scenes with someone she knew so well.
Portman was quick to praise her friend for the villainous role, revealing that it was her suggestion to Aronofsky that led to Kunis being cast in the role. “It was really crazy, because Mila and I were really good friends,” she said. “And when Darren asked me, ‘Who do you think could do this role? Who’s a similar height, color, physique?’ I was like, ‘Oh, Mila, Mila, Mila!’ He met her and obviously flipped her, and she’s super talented and does an amazing job in the movie.” Portman later realized what the pairing would entail, however. “I didn’t really think about the fact that I was going to have sex with her in the movie,” she admitted.
The actress revealed that working these scenes was slightly uncomfortable, but said Kunis’ presence was also a positive experience. “It was pretty awkward. I almost feel like it would be easier to do it with someone you didn’t know,” she said. “But, that said, it was great to have a friend there who, we could laugh and crack jokes and get over it together.”
Despite Aronofsky’s efforts to heighten the rivalry by separating the buddies on set, the pair remained in close contact. “He didn’t want us to be friends while filming because we’re rivals in the movie,” Portman said of the director. “So we both had to go through this ballet practice, but he was doing it at different times, and then he was like, ‘She’s doing great,’ then he was like, ‘Natalie is doing so much better than you,’ ‘she’s laughed. “But we would share the information, so we were like, ‘He’s laughing at us. It’s not real, it’s not real. ”