Natalie Portman talks Black Swan Oscar moment

Feb 28, 2011 at 12:28 p.m. ET

Natalie Portman was grace defined as she headed backstage to discuss her Best Actress Academy Award for her work on Black Swan.

Natalie Portman

In her backstage interview, she addressed questions about her baby and even indulged that question with a smile. It is clear that Natalie Portman is in an extraordinarily stellar mood, and why wouldn't she be?

The normally shy with her personal life actress was gushing backstage at the 2011 Academy Awards. The Oscar winner was aflutter with joy as she spoke about winning her profession's highest honor for her work in Black Swan.

Natalie Portman Oscar talk

SheKnows: What is the most unexpected realization you've had about being pregnant?

Natalie Portman: One of the most exciting things about being pregnant is that I just, I'm accepting the complete unknown. It's a complete mystery and miracle. And, yeah, it's really just accepting that I have no idea, which is what all of us live every day.

SheKnows: Sometimes a role can wreak havoc on a person's personal life. First of all, did it? And secondly, so much joy has come out of the experience for you on so many levels, is it safe to say it was worth it?

Natalie Portman: You know, when I was working it was really so, it was so hectic. We were just working such long days and sleeping five hours a night and then just starting a day again. And there was so much preparation and so much training that I didn't really necessarily have time to think about what was happening. And dream wise, I was just so exhausted every day, I was literally just like falling into bed and waking up and going back to set. And I think that sort of pace actually helped me stay so focused for the part. I didn't have too many crazy dreams. I'm pretty good at shutting off. This one was a little harder to shake. I think just the whole mood of the whole movie was so intense; it stayed with me a little longer than usual.

SheKnows: Now Black Swan has been interpreted many ways by audiences everywhere. How do you see how things played out on screen?

Natalie Portman: One of the most beautiful things about the film is that it can be interpreted in so many different ways. I really see it as this young woman's coming of age and that she becomes a woman. She starts out a girl and becomes a woman by finding her own artistic voice and sort of killing the child's version of herself. She becomes a woman. So I don't see it necessarily as a death at the end like many people do.

Natalie PortmanSheKnows: You had to truly let yourself go in so many ways in Black Swan. How did director Darren Aronofsky create that kind of set where that was so possible?

Natalie Portman: Darren, I think it's only possible to give yourself so freely when you absolutely 100-percent trust the person you're working with as your director, because they are responsible for everything. In film, it is absolutely a director's medium and you are completely subject to their artistry. Darren's artistry is so extreme that I really felt free to try anything, and Benjamin similarly. You know, I think to be believable as a dancer I just trusted in him fully to be honest with me, to choreograph in a manner that best flattered what I could do and best avoided what I couldn't do. He really catered to making it believable. And he was absolutely the key to credibility for the film, and that was fully on his shoulders.

SheKnows: Did the baby let you know she or he was there just to bring you down to earth tonight?

Natalie Portman: The baby was definitely kicking a lot during the song portion of the show, a little dancer.