Natalie Portman set to move to Paris with Benjamin Millepied and baby
Natalie Portman is moving to France. Well, in another year and a half, at least.
The 31-year-old Oscar-winning actress' husband and "Black Swan" co-star Benjamin Millepied, 35, has been named the new director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet and will begin his new job on October 15, 2014, the company announced in a press statement on Thursday, January 24.
The New York Times reported that Millepied will currently continue his current work with his new company, the L.A. Dance Project, which began performances in September at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, and later move to Paris with Portman and their seven-month-old baby son, Aleph, when he begins his new job at the Paris Opera Ballet.
This will not be the first time Portman will live abroad. The actress was born in Jerusalem, Israel as Natalie Hershlag. Portman, who speaks fluent Hebrew, moved with her father, an Israeli-born OBGYN and infertility specialist, and her mother, an American artist, to the United States when she was a child. In the spring of 2004, she returned to Israel and took graduate classes at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Millepied was born in France and later became the principle dancer of the New York City Ballet. He has choreographed several productions. In 2010, he was made a Chevalier, or knight, in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.
Portman and Millepied met on the set of the 2010 movie "Black Swan." She won an Oscar for her role as a troubled dancer. Millepied, was one of the film's choreographers and a background dancer (watch a video of them getting cozy behind the scenes of "Black Swan").
Later this year, Portman is set to appear in "Knight of Cups," a romantic drama film that also stars Christian Bale, and reprise her role of Jane Foster in "Thor: The Dark World," a sequel to a 2011 superhero blockbuster. The actress is also reportedly going to appear in the Western film "Jane Got a Gun," which is tentatively set for release in 2014.