One of the more memorable physical moments involves an especially graphic scene in which Portman's character is masturbating and nearly gets caught by her mother. When MTV News caught up with the possible Best Actress contender, we asked for her thoughts on that part of the film.
"So disgusting," Portman said of shooting the sequence. "It was akin to the experience of watching the movie with my parents sitting next to me, let me tell you."
The 29-year-old also called the "finger scene" — in which Nina pulls at a loose piece of skin on her finger, causing it to bleed — particularly gruesome.
Portman's co-star Vincent Cassel plays the handsome, manipulative artistic director who exploits Nina's insecurities to his advantage. Cassel told us he wasn't at all surprised by Portman's squeamishness.
"I don't know what I can say about the finger scene, for example, because I'm not really part of it," he said. "But, I guess, you know, it's already a little hard to watch yourself on the screen when suddenly you have to go through sexual things. It's not easy for us. Trust me," he said.
"It's difficult being a sex symbol, isn't it, Vincent?" Portman teased her co-star. Cassel quickly shot back with a laugh, "I don't know, tell me!"
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