Natalie Portman Defends Her Eating Habits to Vogue


Vogue's January cover girl, Natalie Portman, plays an anorexic ballerina in Black Swan. The intense dance and athletic training leading up to the filming — which got up to eight hours a day six months before shooting — left Portman in "constant pain," she tells the magazine. Joan Juliet Buck writes, "Like most dancers, she survived on coffee and ibuprofen, and slept five hours a night." But has she fully moved on from that stringent regime?

Vogue, which is full of pictures of skinny people, unusually questions Portman's eating habits during her interview.

A vegetarian at home and a vegan when out, she orders a thoroughly eccentric meal: field greens followed by a soft pretzel with mustard, and an elderflower spritzer.

“Is that it?” I ask.

"I swear, I eat. I ate a bagel an hour ago. 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.”

As is being a vegan, no? Is it a shock one would come off as a high-maintenance eater? It's not easy to be a vegan and order a fatty meal at a restaurant.

Natalie Portman: Spreading Her Wings [Vogue]