Now the likely Oscar front-runner is covering Entertainment Weekly magazine‘s ‘Oscar Race Issue,’ and giving some insider scoop on why her ballet psychodrama has been such a hit with critics and moviegoers alike.
Of playing prima ballerina Nina Sayers, Portman tells the magazine,
“There were some nights that I thought I was literally going to die. It
was the first time I understood how you could get so wrapped up in a
role that it could sort of take you down.”
Portman prevailed on pointe and looks set to dominate awards season,
along with James Franco for his role as a mountain climber in 127 Hours, who is also covering the special issue, as well as teaming up with Anne Hathaway to host this year’s Academy Awards.
this week and really, this cover, belong to Portman. Not only has she
surprised fans with news of her instant family, but she’s shocked us
all with her career-changing performance in Black Swan–a film that had even the makers of the film wondering who would actually buy a ticket to see it.
explains to the entertainment magazine, “Everyone was so worried about
who was going to want to see this movie. I remember them being like,
‘How do you get guys to a ballet movie? How do you get girls to a
thriller?’ And the answer is a lesbian scene. Everyone wants to see that.”