27-year-old actress Mila Kunis — who appeared alongside Oscar-winning star Natalie Portman in ballet-based thriller Black Swan — has defended her co-star who faces controversy regarding the use of a body double for most part of the dancing scenes.
Mila has hit back at claims Natalie’s body double Sarah Lane performed “90 per cent” of the intricate moves used in the movie, saying the brunette beauty “danced her a*s off”.
“Natalie danced her a*s off. I think it’s unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention away from the praise Natalie deserved and got,” Mila said. “She’ll tell you that, no, she was not on pointe when she did a fouette turn. No one is going to deny that. But she did do every ounce of every one of her dances.”
Kunis also admitted that while every member of the Black Swan cast had a dancing double at their disposal, they were only used as a “safety net”. “Her dancing double wasn’t used for everything,” Mila said. “It was more like a safety net. If Nat wasn’t able to do something, you’d have a safety net. The same thing that I had — I had a double as a safety net. We all did. No one ever denied it.”