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Natalie Portman Told to Eat More During Black Swan by Director Darren Aronofsky

Have You Ever Been Told to Eat More?

In the new thriller Black Swan, Natalie Portman plays a prima ballerina, a part that she really got into. During filming, director Darren Aronofsky was so concerned with how lean Natalie was getting that he insisted that she eat more: "At a certain point I looked at [Natalie's] back and she was so skinny and so cut — I was like, 'Natalie, start eating,' I made sure she had a bunch of food in her trailer."

Natalie took her role seriously and embraced the rigorous lifestyle that a prima ballerina keeps, so it was not too surprising on how skinny she became. The day after shooting ended, Natalie says she ate "pasta, pasta, pasta" and quit working out.

Has anyone ever worried that you weren't eating enough?

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SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 6 years
Monday: obviously when someone says you're anorexic in public it means you look toooo skinny and you should probably allow yourself to have that cracker you've been denying yourself.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 6 years
I don't understand what you're getting at, SaraJeanQueen. She took a super negative comment and made a positive change in her life... It doesn't matter what the imbecile meant when he said that.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 6 years
@kclulu: I doubt that guy meant "Yeah, she should do more weights." Just sayin'... maybe think about what he REALLY meant.
spicyhippofood spicyhippofood 6 years
I work at a grocery store and I've gotten the most horrifying comments from people, despite the fact that I've been told both by a nutritionist AND a physician that I am healthy. People almost threaten me with their words. One time a man slammed a carton of ice cream on my counter and said "YOU need to eat this ENTIRE thing." There have been many times were I've had to run into the bathroom and cry or cry my eyes out when I got home. I also get constant scrutiny from my fellow employees and they often tease me; even though it's all out of fun, it hurts my feelings tremendously. I also live in a state that is the 3rd most Obese state in the nation. So.
Advah Advah 6 years
Yes and it's real f*cking annoying! I'm reasonably slim at the moment because I exercise and watch what I eat, but whether I'm the weight I'm now or a few pounds heavier people always say stuff like "oh YOU don't have to worry about food" or "you should eat more you're so tiny" - simply because I'm 4'11! Drives me crazy!! Eating two lunches won't make me any taller! I especially hate how people get "concerned" about my weight (although that should be height) because, let's be honest, I'm a girl. I've never heard anyone tell a guy they're too skinny and should eat more, which I find really offensive.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I completely identify with Anonymous #3. I could have written that post. :)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 6 years
Generally no. Only at holiday gatherings when my (extended) family thinks I need even more food. Of course at those gatherings I've taken enough food to not be hungry, but also not so much that I'll be overstuffed. I kind of think it's part of the culture that makes my family like that. I get a tad annoyed when my mother is pushing food on people especially when they said they're not hungry.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Yes! And I'm overweight. But I used to be morbidly obese, and when I started changing things up some of the people in my life got a little uncomfortable.
kclulu kclulu 6 years
In the past, I was really into cardio and because of that I had been neglecting weight training. I am naturally curvy and muscular on the bottom and smaller on top, particularly in my chest and shoulders so when my weight was a little lower, my chest looked a boney. One day I was walking through a parking lot and overhead a guy say something along the lines of "yeah she looked anorexic like SHE does" (referring to me). This really upset me so I started to hit the weights harder to try to bulk up my chest, shoulders and arms and laid off the cardio a bit. I ended up LOVING weight training and I am a huge advocate of it now. I still run quite a bit but I need the balance to not only be healtheir but look healtheir. I still think that guy in the parking lot had no idea what he was talking about and should keep his mouth shut, however it helped create a positive change in my life.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
When I had an eating disorder, but people have left me alone since then in large part. Every once in a while for a few years after my parents would get all super concerned every time that I expressed a wish to tone up, but they've learned that I'm not going to go back to such a restrictive intake.
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