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Natalie Portman: Ballet thriller 'Black Swan' fulfilled my childhood dream

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11/12/2010 by Corinne Heller

Natalie Portman says playing a troubled ballerina in the new thriller "Black Swan" fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a dancer.

Portman is already receiving Oscar buzz for her role as a dancer picked to play the lead in "Swan Lake", who deals with a manipulative dance master and a rival ballerina who is not what she appears to be. The film features a steamy kiss between her and actress Mila Kunis.

"It was sort of a childhood dream to be a dancer and then to get to try it," Portman told OnTheRedCarpet.com at AFI Fest 2010 in Los Angeles. "First of all it sort of erased all the illusion of it, all of the fantasy that it's this easy, beautiful, light thing."

Portman said she began preparing for her role a year before production on the film began. The movie, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is set to hit theaters on December 3.

"We started with ballet," Portman said. "Then we started adding in swimming to sort of cross-train to get my body right and doing more ballet and then we added in the choreography, so by the end it was like eight hours a day. It was great because all of that discipline and hard work and pain of that training really made me understand the whole ballet world a lot more."

"I also talked to a lot of dancers," she said. "I read a lot of dancer autobiographies and I was really very much in that world."

Check out a trailer for "Black Swan", starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis:

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