Natalie Portman is gorgeous and every bit the ballerina on the January cover of Vogue. The Black Swan star woke up to excellent news this morning since the film nabbed four Golden Globe nominations, including one for Natalie, her costar Mila Kunis, director Darren Aronofsky, and the film in Best Motion Picture, Drama. In the magazine, Natalie talks about trying to overturn her good-girl image with everything from her SNL rap, to her role in raunchy comedy Your Highness. She also spoke about the rigorous training for Black Swan and her friendship with the Rodarte sisters, while Aronofsky describes Natalie as "playful and sexy and so beautiful it hurts." It looks like it's going to be a very busy award season for Natalie, who looks more stunning than ever in the spread shot by Peter Lindbergh. Here are highlights:
- On her diet: "I swear, I eat . . . I consume my own weight in hummus every day. I cook a lot, and I even do vegan baking. 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."
- On Black Swan sex scenes: "Lesbian scenes, sex scenes, they're all over the place! But because it's me, people are shocked. I see the value of a good-girl persona—it's so easy to subvert it!"
- On college: "I gained my freshman fifteen or 20 and had superdepressed moments. That Cambridge winter is tough. It was important to know how to go through that and how to get myself out of it. You start learning how to ask your friends or professionals for help, or go to mentors."
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- On her production company: "We're very into female comedies; there just aren't enough. We're trying to go for that guy-movie tone, like Judd Apatow's movies, or The Hangover but with women—who are generally not allowed to be beautiful and funny, and certainly not vulgar. 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. You become an object if you simply put it out there. Most movies are made by men, it's totally natural that they're going to present their worldview, so we're trying to find more women who are writers and directors who are expressing their worldview. Did you see Tiny Furniture? Lena Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in it; she's 23, and it is just amazing. She walks around in her underwear for the whole movie; it's harsh. She's the subject, she's not the object, and it's beautiful—that's the kind of thing we need more of."
- On her career: "I try not to read reviews or anything about me. It's totally natural to be interested, but it's completely damaging. Over the almost 20 years I've been working, I've been up, I've been down, I've been in, I've been out. Just getting to do the work is the privilege. I always feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. The one thing you have control over is having a great experience by doing your work fully."