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Natalie Portman Talks Training for 'Black Swan' on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 29th 2010 3:15PM
When Darren Aronofsky first approached Natalie Portman to star in 'Black Swan' a decade ago, she was excited by the opportunity to work with the director, and by the chance to draw upon dance experience from when she was a child, Portman said on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC).

"I really wanted to work with Darren Aronofsky ... I've just admired his work forever. So, when he approached me about it 10 years ago, I was just excited at the prospect of working with him. And I also just love dance," Portman said, adding that she danced as a young girl until 12 years of age.

Portman said that, in order to portray a ballerina on the big screen, she felt like she needed to train like one. "We were doing, like, 5-8 hours of day of ballet, cross training with swimming, toning, just, basically, working out all day," she said. "It gave me a complete, new respect for ballet dancing."

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