Natalie Portman’s husband, Benjamin Millepied, has been named director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
The New York Post reports that Millepied, who choreographed wife Natalie Portman’s BlackSwan and helped her turn into the crazed, paranoid ballerina she played in the film, was named director of the Paris Opera Ballet on Thursday. Natalie Portman and husband Millepied met on the set of the Darren Aronofsky psychological thriller, and later married. She won the best actress Academy Award for her role in the film.
The 35-year-old Millepied is a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, but left in 2011 to create his own dance company in Los Angeles, called the LA Dance Project. He’ll start at the Paris Opera Ballet in October of 2014, when the current director, Brigitte Lefevre, retires. She has been director since 1995.
I know what you’re thinking. Is Natalie Portman going to move to Paris? Yes, she is.
The New York Daily News reports that Natalie Portman’s husband is moving to France with his A-list wife and the couple’s son, 20-month-old son Aleph, for the new gig.
“I was surprised, but I felt very quickly that the artistic dialogue between us was an exciting one,” Portman’s husband said of Stéphane Lissner, the Paris Opera Ballet’s new artistic director. “There was a really good chance I might get the position, which made my head spin.”
We can’t report on whether Natalie Portman’s husband’s head did indeed spin, but get the job he did, and move to Paris the family will.