Bull talked to The Times in their “5 minutes with…” series. Here is an extract:
Like a lot of women I’ve shied away from that word. I would not shy away from the words determination, discipline and perfectionism. I have quite a strong drive, a strong work ethic and a desire to achieve what I set out to do — so I guess one could call that ambition…
On the film Black Swan
I was really quite angry with it, actually. It has helped to perpetuate the myth that we are all masochists and that ballet is extremely painful. It was not a portrait of the ballet world as I know it. It is not necessary to abuse or be abused to succeed as a ballet dancer. It’s not in the job description.
On the physical demands of ballet
… I refute the notion that there is inevitably a great deal of pain involved. The normal, healthy skeleton quite easily achieves ballet positions. It’s hard work, but it’s not of necessity painful or dangerous; it’s extreme. There’s a difference.
On eating disorders
… like a lot of women, I had a disordered attitude to eating. Many, many women look at food and think not “Would I like to eat that?” but “Should I eat that?” Anybody who thinks “I shouldn’t have that piece of cake” has a disordered attitude.
When I do exercise I always feel better. So, if I’m feeling a bit down in the dumps, I know that a good way to deal with that is to get active. I think that’s good advice for anyone.
via The Times
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