Natalie Portman Joined Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ To Explore Her Adulthood

Natalie Portman has come a long, long way since “The Professional.” All right, I suppose that movie was a pretty raunchy debut for a child actress, but her latest project — Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” — is potentially unchartered territory for Portman, as she’s rumored to have a sex scene with co-star Mila Kunis.

That’s right — Luke and Leia’s mother having sex with Meg from “Family Guy.” Let that sink in for a minute.

Whether or not the much-buzzed scene comes to pass, Portman’s clearly looking to step up her game by teaming up with the notably intense Aronofsky — a notion that she herself acknowledged during an interview with USA Today.

“I’m trying to find roles that demand more adulthood from me because you can get stuck in a very awful cute cycle as a woman in film, especially being such a small person,” she said of her reasons for joining “Black Swan,” which is currently filming in New York City. “I’m a really late bloomer. In my own life, it’s only been the last couple of years where I’m like, I’m an adult.”

Adult is certainly one word that could be ascribed to “Black Swan,” a psychological drama that focuses on a veteran ballerina (Portman) and her fierce competition with a rival dancer (Kunis) — a character that may or may not be a figment of the ballerina’s imagination. Which means that if Portman and Kunis have that alleged sex scene, it could potentially be construed as Portman’s character getting intimate with herself. I’m not sure that I’m mentally equipped to process that.

In all seriousness, I’m glad that Portman is trying out this brave new role. Between “Black Swan” and “Brothers,” Portman is making definite strides towards more serious fare — even if she still participates in the occasional popcorn flick like “Thor” — which is undoubtedly a good thing for an actress of her caliber.

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