The actress has been receiving rave reviews for her performance as a ballerina in Darren Aronofsky’s new thriller Black Swan, which recently showed at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. There have even been suggestions Natalie may receive an Oscar nomination for her role, although she insists she cares more about what regular cinemagoers think than critics’ opinions.
"The best thing with this movie is that everybody really seems to be having a strong visceral response. Obviously what we do is about wanting to make things that people connect to, that's the biggest prize,” she said.
Nevertheless, the 29-year-old did confess to being flattered by the rumours she could be up for an Academy Award. She says the speculation is “complimentary”, although she tries not to think about it too much.
Despite going to dance classes as a child, Natalie struggled to retrain herself in the discipline of ballet for the role. She couldn’t have done it without the help of some top trainers, who she thanked for helping “shape” her.