Sebastian Stan on Darren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan'


Last week, during a visit to the set of the upcoming The Apparition, I joined a group of journos for an interview with star Sebastian Stan; who talked about his role in another upcoming thriller, Darren Aronofsky's hotly anticipated Black Swan, a film about rival dancers in the world of New York ballet. Hit the jump to find out what Stan had to say about the film, and about working with its two gorgeous stars, Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.

"I was very fortunate and grateful to get to work with him," Stan said of Aronofsky. "I was on there for only two weeks. My part of the movie was sort of the more fun part of the movie, I suppose, because I guess the rest of the movie's very intense. Darren Aronofsky was, from the time that I met him, just very direct and very specific; and even on set he just knew what he wanted at all times. That was a different process, because he would come in and he would expect you to be able to improv. He would give you a backstory of the character, and then he would just expect you to live in that world. I think he encouraged everyone to live in that world the entire time we were shooting. Both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis were extremely prepared for those roles. They had been doing ballet for I don't know how long, and were extremely professional. I had to not be scared of him."

"My character in that is what would be one of the romantic interests of both of them. Basically, he's just one of those guys that you relate to if you go to a bar in Manhattan. He's out with his friend one night, and they have no idea who these girls are or what their relationship is, but Mila Kunis' character is very straightforward and very driven… They're not sleazy, weird guys. They just kind of get caught in it, like, 'We went out one Friday night and suddenly these two girls are right there…' Then basically they meet up and they get wrapped up in the drama that happens between the two girls. They're kind of like pawns, I suppose, in their game that's going on, which is all infiltrated by Mila Kunis' character."