Mila Kunis says that losing 20 pounds from her already slim figure for her role in “Black Swan” taught her that weight loss is possible for everyone, despite excuses to the contrary.
“People who say they can’t lose weight are lying,” says the young actress who was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her role opposite Natalie Portman in 2010’s “Black Swan.”
Kunis, 27 is featured in this month’s edition of Britain’s Glamour magazine and explains that her journey from slim to very thin was necessary for her to train for her role as a ballerina.
Darren Aronofsky, director of the film oversaw the transformation of Kunis’ body as well as that of Oscar-winner Natalie Portman.
Portman, unlike Kunis had a background in ballet dancing and understood how the process to shed pounds works.
Mila, whose movie, “Friends With Benefits” is currently in theaters, co-starring Justin Timberlake told Glamour that, “‘I don’t think I ever fully realised what a human body is capable of doing. But I think I was also, in a beautiful way, incredibly naive.”
“‘I’m a huge foodie,” the actress said. “I love food. But when people say, ‘I can’t lose weight’, no no no, you can.
Your body can do everything and anything, you just have to want to do it.’
Sometimes that is easier said than done.
Mila Kunis’ training for the film “Black Swan” began three months prior to the commencement of filming. She was instructed in the art of ballet by a 21 year-old ballerina who Kunis said had broken her back twice by that time.
While Kunis didn’t suffer to that extent, she did incur multiple injuries. During the 2011 award season, she told interviewers that, “It was seven days a week, four or five hours a day.
It was not the easiest of things. I hyper-extended my shoulder and tore a ligament, although I came off comparatively lightly.”
Weight loss takes dedication and a willingness to keep at it, says Kunis.
She dieted for five months and dipped below 100 pounds.”I believed I could do anything. I never for one moment thought that I couldn’t do it. I believe in hard work. In self-drive and self-worth.”
What she didn’t say to Glamour was what she did after filming was complete.
She binged for weeks on her favorite Chinese food items and burgers and fries from California’s well known In ‘N Out chain.