Natalie Portman - Desperate-to-please Portman Identified With Black Swan Character
Natalie Portman could relate to the dedicated ballet dancer she played in acclaimed new movie BLACK SWAN, because she spent her childhood seeking everyone's approval.
The Golden Globe winner and Oscar front-runner made her movie debut in 1994's Leon when she was just 13 and appeared in a string of films before her role as Queen Amidala in 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace made her a huge star.
But Portman admits she has struggled to overcome her need to please people, which stems from her early days as an actress - and she found similar traits in her troubled and ambitious character Nina, who drives herself mad.
She tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "When I started out as a child actress, I wanted to please everyone, and was always looking for approval. Having grown up, I'm not totally immune to approval, but I do look to please myself.
"It's all to do with finding a way to express yourself instead of being the way someone else wants you to be. Nina starts out as this childlike woman, trying to please her mother, trying to please her ballet director and fit exactly into the standards of this world that's prescribed to her. Finally she finds that perfection only lies in pleasing herself."