Natalie Portman’s husband peeved she’ll be working with a buffet of hot dudes

You can criticize Natalie Portman for a lot of things, but she has excellent taste in costars. Natalie has had a long-gestating project languishing for the better part of six or seven months. The project is a western called Jane Got a Gun, and Natalie is not only the star, she’s the producer. One of Natalie’s first costars to sign on was none other than Michael Fassbender, because of course. I heard a few weeks ago that Joel Edgerton has also signed on to the film, and he’s incredibly hot too. And just last week a new addition made the casting rolls: hottie Rodrigo Santoro. The problem? Apparently Natalie used to date Rodrigo (which I have no memory of) and she was the one to recommend him for the job. And Natalie’s husband Benjamin Millepied is NOT happy.

Natalie Portman may be thrilled about her new costar in the upcoming film Jane Got a Gun, but her husband isn’t! Natalie’s handsome leading man, Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro, 37, is an ex (he dated the star in 2009). When Benjamin found out that it was his wife who suggested Rodrigo for the role (she’s also a producer on the film), he was “livid,” says an insider close to the couple.

“Natalie and Rodrigo are going to be in close quarters and spending a lot of time together.”

[From In Touch Weekly, print edition]

Oh, I just found the old story – CB did it back in 2009. Natalie was in between steady boyfriends after her split from Devendra Banhart and she was rumored to be swinging between Rodrigo and Ryan Gosling!! Damn. I forgot Natalie had such a torrid dating past. If I had to choose between Fassbender, Edgerton and Santoro… um… ooooh… wait, what? I mean, I would definitely pick Fassy first and always, but Joel and Rodrigo are both incredible choices too. What was the point of this story? Oh, right. Benjamin. He should be worried!!

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  1. marie says:

    I hsve never kept up with who she dated, but wow Rodrigo’s hot! Actually all the guys on this film are cute.

    Also, Millepied knew her job before they got together-so, he needs to shut it up.

  2. c'est la vie says:

    There’s no way he’s livid – even though they are a hot buffet and he’s the cold side dish.

    And he is cute too, no?

    Though not as hot as Fassbender.

  3. mel says:

    Do you guys remember when she travelled to Argentina to follow his then boyfriend who was actually cheating on her or something like that with an Argentinean actress who is now the mother of his children?

    • Ms Kay says:

      Gael Garcia Bernal is Mexican. Although he and Portman didn’t date for long back in 2004, he was dating some yoga instructor after her and later he met his wife mother of his children in 2008.

      And funny enough, Devendra Banhart the Venezuelan dude she dated later circa 2007/2008 is Gael friend they worked together on the soundtrack of directorial debut around that same period… the film main song haunted me forever.

    • i'm french don't kill me says:

      With GAEL GARCIA BERNAL? they dated one year in 2003/2004 then a brief comeback in 2007
      Bernal had an on-off relation with Dolores Fonzi before to marry with her

  4. Lolitalola says:

    Can you guys imagine if the whole story ends up with her cheating on her Thousandfeet hubby when I (we ?) was so sure it will be the opposite ? HA !

  5. annabelle says:

    Who says men only want to date vapid bimbos?

    She may be insufferable at times, but she’s ridiculously smart and not a buxom, crotch flashing, hair flipper. But her brainy milkshake certainly brings the boys to the yard.

    • lama says:

      Smart ? She has said some pretty dumb things in the past…

      • sennet says:

        Yes, smart –

        Law School Professor Alan M. Dershowitz also considered Portman an exceptional student.

        “She was in my seminar called Neuropsychology and the Law, and I didn’t know who she was because her name was Natalie Hershlag,” he said, referring to Portman’s birth name. “It was a few weeks into the semester that I learned she was an actress—but she was a terrific student.”

        Portman’s paper on new methods of lie detection earned her an A+ from Dershowitz—the highest grade in the class. After that, Dershowitz hired Portman as a research assistant for a book he was writing.

      • bns says:

        My thoughts exactly. Attending Harvard doesn’t necessarily make someone smart.

      • Cazzee says:

        What kind of professor gives a student an A+? Seriously???

        Talk about buttering up your celebrity student.

      • Bijlee says:

        @sennet yeah going to Harvard doesn’t make you “ridiculously smart” that’s what bothers me about this girl she’s pretentious kind of like James franco. Except I take her pretentiousness over his any day of the week. She’s better than him.

      • the original liv says:

        Yup, going to Harvard doesn’t mean your smart. Just take a look at the Harvard cheating scandal, where students cheated even though the get was open book and open Internet.

      • Leen says:

        At someone who posted the Alan Dershowitz post..

        Alan Dershowitz is known to plagarize some of his material in the book ‘The Case for Israel’. Norman Finkelstein called him out on it, and in return as vengeance, Dershowitz lobbied to have Finkelstein’s tenure removed at Depaul. It was a terribly disgusting move.

        He is also involved in another wave of controversy where he was trying to lobby Brooklyn College to censor an event they were holding. Even Bloomberg got p*ssed and pretty much told him that if he wants censorship, maybe he should apply to schools in North Korea.
        He also tried to slander JOhn Mearsheimear (another Harvard Professor) and Stephen Walt (anyone who is in any sense involved in international politics knows who he is, he is another prof). But it failed and it didn’t go anywhere.
        In short Alan Dershowitz is fond of censorship, slander and plagarism. He isn’t what I would say a great person to have supervise your paper.

        As for Natalie, her paper was full of inaccuracies. I’ve read it, and as someone who works in the policy making field IN Israel and Palestine, I can wholeheartedly say her paper is weak, her argument is riddled with inaccuracies and she misses the entire points. I can pull out over 5 different reputable sources that contradict her ‘claims’.

        That said, I know people who have met her and they say she is nice. But bless her, she isn’t as smart as she likes to protray herself. Put her with anyother academic or graduate student and they will rip her arguments apart.

      • booger says:

        Yeah no offense but if you want to prove her intelligence, pick somebody else as a source. Dershowitz is a blowhard who labels anybody who legitimately criticizes the Israeli government as “anti-Semitic” without engaging in a debate, or citing facts or proof.

        I don’t mind Natalie but her unconditional support for what is essentially the disenfranchisement of Arabs in Israel really gives me the heebie jeebies, and makes me question just how smart she really is. I know if she were to be critical of Israeli policy her career would probably be kaput, but still.

    • Christina says:

      ”Ridiculously smart???”

      I think you mean ridiculously pretentious. Though she likes to bore us with her inane opinions, I have seen NO evidence of ‘smartness’. Quite the opposite. And citing the thuggish Alan Dershowitz as proof of ‘smartness’ is a joke, as the only qualification required to work on his propaganda tome was to be a hard-core zionist, a qualification which Herschlag has no problem meeting.

  6. T.C. says:

    Natalie Portman used to date Rodrigo Santoro? Hot damn girl got more game than I thought. Anyone got pics to post of that hot coupling?

  7. Ranunculus says:

    In what universe is NP considered hot and sexy? More like a annoying smarta**.

  8. EscapedConvent says:

    No no no. The thought of Natalie Portman getting her vegan paws on Rodrigo Santoro is too awful.

    Also, that baby millepied sure is a cutie.

  9. L says:

    I might not like her, but man I love that scarf and trench coat in the first picture.

  10. Micki says:

    I’m sort of envious of her dating past

  11. Emma - the JP Lover says:

    Wow. Wasn’t this man still married when he and Natalie started ‘dating?’ I guess he ‘should’ be worried then, huh?

  12. Jayna says:

    She is so stunning in her new TV ad. It’s one of my favorites ever with an A list actress or actor in it. Charlize still takes top honors.

  13. Hoya_chick says:

    Didn’t her husband have a gf when they met who he subsequently left to be with Natalie? Or am I hallucinating? Anyway, if they started up on a movie set when involved with other people then he has reason to be worried. That Rodrigo guy is hot. He looks familiar too, what has he been in? And she already worked with Fassy in that movie with Gosling where she was blonde and was shooting in Texas last year right?

  14. Zigggy says:

    I’d be p*ssed if my husband hired an ex of his to work closely with!

  15. natalina says:

    dont worry no one wants his ugly wife

  16. Sugar says:

    My first thought well duh how you got her is how you will…lose her. But you need to get a grip dude if you want your marriage to last-she’s an actress-a beautiful actress & she is going to work with hot actors. Now you go dance with pretty little ballerinas.

  17. Tig says:

    I think Rodrigo was in Love Actually- he was in the segment with Laura Linney- he played the shy co-worker- he is gorgeous!

  18. Helvetica says:

    This is funny considering the word is he cheated on his girlfriend with Natalie when they got together on Black Swan.

  19. valleymiss says:

    Natalie’s got a rep for sleeping with co-stars. She was neck-and-neck with Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie in that way, until the other 2 settled down.

  20. Uha says:

    Rodrigo is really big here in brazil. One of the best actors, he has done a lot of amazing movies, it’s a shame they didnt get any buzz internationaly. If you guys could check out the characters he had already played in brazilian productions, your jaws would fall. Dude’s pretty good!

  21. KellyinSeattle says:

    Working w/ hot dudes in part of her job. Did he flip when she co-starred w/ Darth Vader? I think she’s gorgeous.

  22. giselle says:

    first off, joel edgerton is not attractive at all.
    secondly, her baby’s head looks like it’s the same size as hers, and that creeps me the hell out.

    • Addison says:

      Oh wow, poor baby. Ha, ha, ha.

      I for one think Natalie is beautiful. I don’t think Joel is cute. Also I don’t think that Ben should worry. He should have faith in his marriage. Keep the love alive Ben! It’s also rude of Benjamin to assume these guys would put the moves on a married woman. Sure I’m not naive, but still.

  23. Sam H x says:

    I understand it must have peeved him off however working with other dudes is part of her job. He just needs to trust the wife and let her get on with it. However, with Michael on set who has a flirtatious nature and Rodrigos good looks, charm & their history. I can see why the husband might be bothered by it. I can’t stand her because of the dumb a*s comments she made about comparing meat
    to rape. Poor choice of words. Apparently she signed the petition in support of Roman Polanski too.

  24. Ms Kay says:

    Just remembered that Fassbender and Santoro were in 300 together…

  25. loma says:

    Her kid looks like the kid in The Omen with Gregory Peck