Black Swan Director ‘Tried to Create Rivalry’ Between Mila and Natalie

Natalie PortmanA still from the film Black Swan


  • Natalie said that Darren was trying to create a rivalry between us
  • The actresses’ bond strengthened after collaborating on the film
  • Natalie won an Oscar for her performance in the 2011 film
Actress Natalie Portman has revealed her Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky tried pit her and co-star Mila Kunis against each other during the shooting of the 2011 movie.

In the psychological thriller, Natalie and Mila played ballet dancers, who were competing to play the lead role in a production of Swan Lake but according to the actress, Darren wanted the on screen rivalry to translate into real life competition.

“He’d say, ‘Oh, Mila is doing really well on her stuff. She’s so much better than you’,” Portman said in an interview to


“Darren would tell us things about each other to try to make us jealous. I think he was trying to create a rivalry in real life between us.”

Natalie, 35, and Mila, 33, were friends prior to working together and the former said their bond only strengthened after collaborating on Black Swan.

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