Natalie Portman Says She and Mila Kunis Were Pitted Against Each Other While Filming ‘Black Swan’

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While promoting her new movie and directorial debut, A Tale of Love & Darkness, Natalie Portman couldn’t help but reminisce about her 2010 blockbuster hit Black Swan. 

Portman confessed that director Darren Aronofsky tried his best to make Portman’s onscreen rivalry with Mila Kunis a real life feud. “He’d say, ‘Oh, Mila is doing really well on her stuff. She’s so much better than you,’” Portman admitted during and interview with Vogue.

“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,” she explained.

While Aronofsky denied trying to fuel an actual feud between the actresses, he did admit to keeping the two apart for almost the entire filming process. “I knew it might be really hard to keep them apart because they’re friends, but I just didn’t want them to know each other’s motives,” he admitted. “I didn’t want them to compare notes. I wanted them to come from different places.”

Unfortunately for Aronofsky, his tactics didn’t work, and former costars remain close friends even to this day.