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Mila Kunis had to drop a whole lot of weight for her newest role -- and after dieting down to 95 pounds, she had seriously mixed feelings about her body.
To play a professional ballerina in Black Swan, Kunis had to mimic a real dancer's tiny physique. The already-skinny actress spent five months losing 20 pounds for the role. When she looked in the mirror, she said, she didn't recognize herself.
"I had no shape, no boobs, no a**. All you saw was bone," Kunis, 27, tells E!. "I was like, this looks gross."
While Kunis swears she looked "like Gollum from Lord of the Rings" in person, she was shocked to realize that her skinny figure looked fantastic on film.
"In real life, it looked disgusting. But in photographs and on film, it looked amazing," she admits. Seeing how normal her unhealthy figure looked onscreen, Kunis says she had a new understanding of "why this industry is so f***ed up."
At least Kunis had a legitimate reason for losing so much weight: Ballerinas are required to be a very specific body type, one that's unnatural for most women. (As a result, eating disorders are common in the world of professional ballet.) Her costar Natalie Portman also dropped a lot of weight; director Darren Aronofsky literally asked her to lose as much as she could without getting sick. That's a pretty serious request, and both actresses say that they made sure to stay as healthy as possible on their very restricted diets.Still, Kunis said, the people close to her got worried about her extreme new body.
"My mom freaked out," Kunis says. "Everybody started panicking. She was like, 'You have to promise this isn't going to affect you.'"
Just as she promised her mother, Mila went back up to her normal weight after the shoot was over. So how long did it take her gain back the pounds she spent five months losing? She tells E! that it all came back in five days.
So next time you find yourself comparing your body to some movie star, just remember what kind of crazy diet roller-coaster they have to go through!
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