11. Mila Kunis in Black Swan
Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller Black Swan was nominated for several Oscars in 2011, but it was leading lady Natalie Portman who stole the show. She was named Best Actress by the Academy, praised for her harrowing performance and dedication to the role — she put herself on a strict diet and lost 20 pounds to play the part of fragile ballerina Nina. She wasn’t the only one to take a method approach to her character, though her co-star Mila Kunis didn’t get nearly as much attention for her transformation.
“I had to look skinny in order to look like a ballerina,” Kunis told Howard Stern (via ET). “You fake it. So, the best way to fake it is to unfortunately look like it.” The former That 70’s Show star revealed that she resorted to an old habit to help her keep the weight off during the shoot. “I used to be a smoker, and so I smoked a lot of cigarettes and I ate a limited amount of calories. Twelve hundred calories, and I smoked. I don’t advocate this at all. It was awful.”
Kunis later revealed that her body has “never been the same” since Black Swan, telling Harper’s Bazaar that going back to her former body type has proved impossible. “My shape is different,” she explained. “When I got down to 95 pounds, I was muscles, like a little brick house, but skin and bones. When I gained it back, it went to completely different areas.”