Ballet dancers undoubtedly walk with grace even when they are out of the studio. Every step, every movement seems impossibly graceful, yet natural for them.
The Black Swan brought attention to this art form in 2010 when Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis blew us all away with (in my opinion) a fantastic film highlighting the ups and downs of the competitive ballet world. It also brought attention to the fact that many actresses were also once dancers – their graceful movements taught in the dance studio translating to the graceful movements in front of the camera. These two actresses were able to fill their roles so well because they too had ballet backgrounds.
Continue reading to see other actresses who also have ballet backgrounds – did you know? Does it surprise you?
1. Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz made her debut into the acting world when she was 16 years old, beginning with television before moving to film. Image provided by Entertainment Weekly
But growing up, all Penelope wanted to do was dance – she spent 10 years training ballet, according to an interview with 60 Minutes. In the interview, she also said that the ballet training she had helped her land acting roles later on. Image provided by The Sun
2. Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker is perhaps best known for her leading role in Sex and the City – as well as classic films like Girls Just Want To Have Fun
She attended the American School of Ballet and continues to dance today. After spending her childhood training in dance and singing, she finally made the natural transition to train in acting, as well. image provided by http://www.listal.com
3. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron, American and South African actress, rose to acting fame in the 1990s and continues to be to this day. She’s best known for her role in Monster. image provided by FanPop
The actress originally trained to be a ballet dancer – but was forced to end that career after a knee injury. image provided by http://www.listal.com