Friday, January 28, 2011

Natalie Portman engaged to Benjamin Millepied - who is Benjamin Millipede?

When news broke  that "Black Swan" star Natalie Portman was not only engaged to Benjamin Millepied, but expecting a baby, as well, fans were no doubt left muttering, "Wow!" quickly followed by "Benjamin, who!?!" It's true the ballet dancer isn't as high profile as some of Natalie's former beaus, like actor Gael Garcia Bernal, but he's a talent in his own right in the world of ballet. Get acquainted with the hunky dancer with our list of five things you should know about him:
1. He's French
Benjamin grew up in the lush region of Bordeaux, France, so does that mean we should expect a billingual baby? Our guess is Oui, oui! At the very least, we should start taking bets on French-inspired baby names. We'll place $10 on Jacques Portman-Millepied for a boy and Marie Portman-Millepied for a girl.
2. He choreographed "Black Swan"
If you found yourself in awe over the pirouetting in Darren Aronofsky's dark dance thriller, you have Mr. Millepied to thank for that. In addition to choreographing and training Natalie and co-star Mila Kunis, he also played Natalie's dance partner in the film, which means you probably have seen him before.

3. He's got an impressive resume
Benjamin was a tour de force in the ballet world long before Darren came calling. In addition to choreographing a number of ballets, Benjamin is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, where he's been dancing since his teens. Très bien!
4. He has Hollywood ambitions
"I think you can learn to act," he told Details magazine recently. He also hopes to direct in the future and has a couple projects he'd like to pitch to Broadway producers. Do we smell the next Hollywood heavyweight couple?
5. He looks great without a shirt on
But you probably guessed that already.

SHOOT: I was saving myself for Natalie...#slapsforehead#...knew I should have taken those ballet classes when I was in kindergarten.

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