Congrats to Black Swan actress Natalie Portman and choreographer Benjamin Millepied with the latest news on their pregnancy and engagement:
Natalie Portman and choreographer Benjamin Millepied are engaged and expecting their first child, her reps confirm to PEOPLE exclusively. The couple met during the production of Black Swan. Portman’s performance in the film has earned her nominations for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. This will be the first child for the actress who is due in 2011. – read more from People
Here’s more about the father-to-be. Below, Benjamin Millepied talks about his new choreography with Dutch National Ballet:
Benjamin Millepied (born 1977) is a principal dancer at New York City Ballet and a ballet choreographer of international reputation. Millepied was born in Bordeaux, France. His ballet training started at the age of 8 with his mother, a former ballet dancer. Between the ages of 13 and 16 he studied with Michel Rahn at the Conservatoire National in Lyon, France. In the summer of 1992 he attended classes at the School of American Ballet (SAB) and returned to study full time in 1993, with a scholarship from the French Ministry (Bourse Lavoisier or Lavoisier Scholarship). At SAB’s 1994 Spring Workshop he originated a principal role in Jerome Robbins’ premiere of 2 and 3 Part Inventions and also received the Prix de Lausanne. Millepied joined New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in 1995, was promoted to soloist in 1998 and became principal dancer in 2002. Millepied is also a choreographer, creating dances for City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and his own company, Danses Concertantes. In 2009 he served as choreographer for Black Swan, a psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky which stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as ballet dancers in New York City. A couple of months into filming, Millepied found himself on the other side of the camera playing the part of Kunis and Portman’s dance partner. He didn’t have very many lines, but when asked about acting he told Details “I really, really got into it…I was blown away—especially by Natalie, who was amazing to watch”. Millepied and Portman began dating during filming, and in December 2010 it was revealed the couple are engaged and expecting a child.