Black Swan star Natalie Portman surprised everyone when she announced Monday morning that she is engaged to boyfriend Benajmin Millepied and is expecting her first child with him – but who exactly is Benjamin and how did he manage to win over the heart of one of the most talented young actresses in Hollywood? Celebuzz did some digging and found out all you need to know about the future Mr. Natalie Portman.
Who Is Benajmin?
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Originally born in Bordeaux, France, the 33-year-old Benjamin is a principal dancer at the prestigious New York City Ballet. While he may not be an A-lister in the celebrity world, he is a well-known star in the world of ballet thanks to his years of work as a dancer and choreographer.
How Did He Meet Natalie?
Benjamin met Natalie in 2009 when he served as choreographer for Black Swan. Eventually, he found himself on the other side of the camera when he was enlisted to play the part of Natalie and co-star Mila Kunis' dance partner. While he only had six lines total, Benjamin said he was "blown away" by Natalie and the other actors' talent.
Where Was He Trained?
Benjamin's mother owned a dance school in France, so it was only natural that he would turn to ballet at a young age. Benjamin eventually trained with the Conservatoire National in Lyon, France and entered the School of American Ballet when he was 16. Eventually, he landed a spot on New York City Ballet and, at 18, became one of the company's brightest young stars.h
But Wait, Isn't Ballet Not Very...Masculine?
Pfft! Haven't you ever heard of Mikhail Baryshnikov? In fact, Benjamin was partly inspired by the famed dancer-cum-actor to enter the dance world. "In France, ballet is on TV," Benjamin told Details, "It's a cool thing to be a dancer." With his tattoos (Bauhaus black tats on his abs) and scruffy good looks, he certainly brings a fresh burst of hipness to ballet. Still doubting Benjamin's masculinity? Check out these hot pictures of him flexing his toned muscles in Details.
How Does Natalie Feel About Working With (And Dating) Benjamin?
"He knows how to change when things aren't working well," Natalie recently told People. "Sometimes I just couldn't do something. No matter how hard I worked, I couldn't do it. He would fix it to make it something that I could do."