I just ran across this interview with Natalie Portman, and I thought I’d share. (This sort of piggybacks off Jason’s post.) Among other things, she talks about her process of preparing for the film Black Swan—
There were days when I thought I was going to die. We started at 8pm and we’d go through the night.
You’re constantly putting your body through extreme pain and you really understand the self-flagellation of a ballet dancer.
Read more here.