Actress Natalie Portman's husband Benjamin Millepied is in the process of converting to the Jewish faith of his wife. The Oscar winner and her French choreographer beau are currently in Tel Aviv, Israel as she casts roles for her directorial debut, an adaptation of Amos Oz's novel A Tale of Love and Darkness, and during their visit, Millepied revealed he has been making big steps to follow the same religion as his wife.
In an interview with Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth on Wednesday (29Jan14), Millepied revealed that the Jewish faith is "very important to him", adding he is "in the middle of the conversion process."
He adds, "I hope that soon it will come to an end and I will become a Jew."
Portman, who was born in Jerusalem, married her Black Swan choreographer in a private Jewish ceremony in 2012, and the pair will be moving to Paris later this year (14), with son Aleph, when Millepied takes on his new position as the director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet.
Meanwhile, Millepied reveals he has "fallen in love with" Israel, and hopes to make his wife's homeland the family's "second home".
Mila Kunis and her boyfriend Ashton Kutcher looked on proudly on Saturday (07Dec13) as her brother married the dancer who trained the actress for her role in Black Swan. Kunis' brother Michael married ballerina Alexandra Blacker in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Hollywood stars were in attendance to watch the happy couple tie the knot at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter. The wedding was followed by a reception at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Kunis and Kutcher also reportedly paid for the newlyweds' honeymoon in Australia as a wedding present.
Michael met Blacker while she was training Kunis for her role as a ballet star in the Oscar-winning drama. They became engaged last year (12).
The love match wasn't the only marriage to come from the film - Kunis' co-star Natalie Portman wed choreographer Benjamin Millepied after meeting him on set.
Comedienne Ellen Degeneres has revealed she once attempted to set Lenny Kravitz and Natalie Portman up on a date without realising the actress was attached to the man who would become her husband. The comic recalled the embarrassing mix up on her U.S. chat show on Tuesday (12Nov13) when Kravitz was a guest.
After asking about the rocker's current dating status, DeGeneres reminded him, "I tried to fix you up at a party, with someone who already had a boyfriend, it turned out."
Kravitz said, "I remember that. It was Natalie Portman - not some random girl... She (DeGeneres) has a very Jewish momma thing with me, it's wonderful."
At the time of the incident, Portman was dating French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who is now the Black Swan star's husband.
DeGeneres had another shot at trying to find single Kravitz a new mate when she suggested he should romance her guest DJ for the day, Carmen Electra.
Electra, who was previously married to Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, seemed keen on the idea, and said, "He's one of the most gorgeous men on the planet. And he plays guitar. He's a winner."
"(I know) enough to get by... If you make the effort I find that they're very, very kind and appreciate (it)." Actress Natalie Portman is perfecting her language skills for her upcoming relocation to Paris, France, where her husband, Benjamin Millepied, has accepted a job with the Paris Opera Ballet.
Actress Natalie Portman was left embarrassed after accidentally sparking a fire in front of Britain's Prince Charles at a posh event in Buckingham Palace. The Black Swan star and her dancer husband, Benjamin Millepied, recently attended a ballet benefit at the royal venue, where she accidentally started a dinner table blaze.
She says, "We drive up and it's all the lords and ladies, it's all, like, the fancy people in England, and we walk in and they have this beautiful performance for us... Prince Charles speaks... and then afterwards they have this long dinner for, like, 200 people at this very long table and they separate the couples.
"My husband is seated at, like, one end and I'm at the other; Prince Charles is like diagonal of me and I'm seated next to all these lords and ladies."
Portman was distracted by the man she was sitting next to and chatting with and did not notice she had placed her programme down on top of a candle on the table.
She continues, "The guy next to me is super nice... and I'm talking to him... and all of sudden he looks over my shoulder and he's like, 'Ahhh,' and I look back... and the table was on fire, and so all these lords and ladies are like smacking it, pouring water, there's, like, 10 guards that rush in..."
"Acting feels really easy. I love being a mum, but it's much more intensive work than being an actress, going to work feels like you've got a day off. Not that I want a day a day off from being a mum, it's just perhaps I had this impression before that mums don't work. But they work much more than anyone." Black Swan star Natalie Portman admits parenting is more intensive than working as an actress. She is mother to two-year-old Aleph with husband Benjamin Millepied.
Sarah Jessica Parker combined the worlds of fashion and dance at a star-studded ballet fundraiser in New York City this week (ends22Sep13), attracting big names including Natalie Portman and Drew Barrymore. The Sex and the City star helped put together the glamorous New York City Ballet Fall Gala, which featured three performances with dancers wearing designs from different fashion brands.
The event, held at Manhattan's Lincoln Center on Thursday (19Sep13), was attended by Black Swan star Portman, who turned out to support her husband Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed one of the gala's dance pieces, as well as Drew Barrymore, Amber Valletta, model Doutzen Kroes, Martha Stewart and rapper 50 Cent.
The gala raised more than $2 million (£1.3 million) for the New York City Ballet and Parker said of the event, "It worked out better than I ever could have dreamed."
Hollywood actress Natalie Portman is considering applying for French citizenship as she prepares to move to Paris with her husband and young son. The Black Swan star's husband Benjamin Millepied has accepted a job with the Paris Opera Ballet and the family will move to the French capital next year (14).
Portman reveals she is already house-hunting and is even considering becoming a French citizen to complete her move to Europe.
She tells France's Madame Figaro magazine, "We're looking for an apartment! Benjamin and I are moving in autumn 2014 when his job at the Paris Opera Ballet starts. It's obviously a massive change to quit Los Angeles for Paris. I don't know what my life is going to be like, but I'm so excited. I don't have the French nationality, but I would be love to get it. But I don't know if it's possible because I already have an American and an Israeli passport... Perhaps I should add an 'h' to my name to make it sound more French - Nathalie?"
The couple met on the set of Portman's Oscar-winning film Black Swan. They married in August, 2012, three months after their son, Alef, was born.
Natalie Portman's husband Benjamin Millepied will be honoured by French Consul General Bertrand Lortholary and watchmakers Vacheron Constantin at a dinner in New York City on 9 September (13) for the American Friends of the Paris Opera Ballet. The event will reunite Millepied with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky as well as violinist Tim Fain, who appeared in the movie.
Just three years after shocking the world of ballet in the psychological thriller The Black Swan, Natalie Portman might be back to take on a similar universe: cheerleading.
According to Deadline, the Oscar-winning actress is talking with Fox 2000 Pictures about a possible role in Dare Me, a fast-paced psychological thriller based on the popular 2012 novel by Megan Abbott. The novel surrounds the teenage angst and betrayal within a high school cheerleading squad that skyrockets to a new level when a suicide launches a police investigation onto the team and their new coach.
The mystery novel has been acclaimed by Entertainment Weekly and Amazon.com as one of the Best Books of 2012, while the New York Times Book Review described it by saying, "It's Heathers meets Fight Club good." Scripted by Abbott, The film is set to be directed by Michael Sucsy, whose previous work includes the Emmy-winning TV movie Grey Gardens and The Vow.
Portman is currently filming Jane Got a Gun, a Western directed by Lynne Ramsay also starring Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton, and Rodrigo Santoro. There's no news on whether Portman will play one of the cheerleaders, but at 32, it seems unlikely. However, it would hardly be the first Hollywood high school to be filled with far-too-old actors and actresses...
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