Natalie Portman is hoping to legally adopt the same nationality as her husband, choreographer Benjamin Millipied.
“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,” the 32-year-old Golden Globe winner told Madame Figaro magazine. “Perhaps I should add an ‘h’ to my name to make it sound more French? My father named me after a song by Gilbert Bécaud. I grew up in a very Francophile atmosphere.”
The couple and their 2-year-old son, Aleph, will be moving to Paris next year, and have already started the house-hunting process.
“We’re looking for an apartment! Benjamin and I are moving in autumn 2014 when his job at the Paris Opera Ballet starts,” Portman said. “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.”
Portman and Millipied began dating in 2009. The couple met on the set of Black Swan, for which Millipied was the choreographer. In December 2010, Portman announced the couple’s engagement and confirmed her pregnancy. Portman gave birth to Aleph in June 2011, and she and Millipied were married in a Jewish ceremony in Big Sur, California, on August 4, 2012.
Portman said that she is looking forward to exploring ballet now that her husband will be director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
“I knew about and liked the ballet long before the experience of ‘Black Swan’ – I’d even toyed with the idea of becoming a dancer, like every other little girl,” she said. “But to be able to approach the dancers up close, to see them practice, is definitely an extraordinary experience.”