Natalie Portman’s boyfriend Benjamin Millepied is really hot


Details Magazine just sent us this photo of Natalie Portman’s current boyfriend, ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Um… Jesus. Thank you, Details. And thank you, Natalie Portman, for dating someone hot for a change. Granted, Natalie has dated hot dudes like Gael Garcia Bernal. But she also dated that weird dude who looked like an out-of-shape Jesus whose name I’m not even going to look up. This Benjamin Millepied is my new favorite. He’s delicious. And no, I have no idea what that weird ink blot thing is one his stomach. It’s on the high-res photo Details sent us, and it’s online at the Details site too. Maybe a tattoo?

There’s an interview with him too. But does he really need to talk? Honestly? He and Natalie met each other when they were both doing The Black Swan. Let’s see, here’s the full piece and here are some highlights:

Millepied is at dinner, texting under the table. He looks up, fighting off a giddy smile so unsuccessfully that he feels the need to explain himself. “Sorry,” he says. “That’s, ah, that’s, ah, my girlfriend.” Meaning Natalie Portman. He met her last spring on the set of Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky’s forthcoming film about the toxic relationship between two ballerinas, played by Portman and Mila Kunis. Millepied choreographed the actors (“Whatever he did, he always made it so that I was still able to do it and not look like a jackass,” Kunis says. “When he lifts you, he makes you feel light as a feather”) and policed the depiction of their everyday life as dancers: what goes on in the dressing room, how they speak, what they eat. Authenticity was crucial for Aronofsky, who’d been knocking his head against the dance establishment’s walls for some time. “Usually when I tell people I’m doing a movie, doors open up, but the ballet world really didn’t give a shit,” Aronofsky says. “It was clear Benjamin was going to help me communicate to audiences who had no connection to ballet. He wasn’t alien like a lot of people I found in the dance world.” For Millepied, the movie was a crack in the door to Hollywood, and he wasn’t about to let three choreography stints, a headlining tour of France, and a battery of dance performances stop him from getting his foot in there.

A couple of months into the project, Millepied volunteered himself for a part in the film as Kunis and Portman’s dance partner. “I called Darren and I was like, ‘I would love to play this part,’ ” Millepied says. “He was like, ‘You don’t have to suggest yourself—we already think you’re totally right for it.’ ” He had only about six lines but that was enough. “I really, really got into it,” Millepied says. “You’re standing up next to those actors, like Natalie, and you’re like, ‘F*&@.’ ” Fresh awe fills his face. “I was blown away—especially by Natalie, who was amazing to watch.”

That statement, and the sunrise glow on Millepied’s face when he makes it, are organic proof that he and Portman are happily dating. The tabloids haven’t cut the culture crowd’s It couple any slack. In January the New York Post insinuated that Portman was a home wrecker because Millepied was rumored to still be living with his ballerina girlfriend Isabella Boylston when he and Portman got together. Predictably, the two have been stalked by paparazzi, both in New York and during Millepied’s trips to Los Angeles. “It’s . . . everybody’s asking us,” he says. “We just want to keep things to ourselves.”

That might be harder for this generation’s Baryshnikov than it was for Baryshnikov. Back then there was no TMZ or Perez Hilton, where shirtless photos of Millepied will undoubtedly end up, hearts encircling the Bauhaus tattoo on his abdomen (he got big into 1920s art and furniture a few years back). But Millepied has determination. He has inner calm. He has a shitload of work to do. “My schedule’s booked for three years,” Millepied says. Besides the ballet he’s choreographing for the NYCB, he has two pieces playing at the Paris Opera and one in Amsterdam—all before the end of the year. He’s also got “a couple of things” he hopes to shop to Broadway producers someday. Then there are movies—beyond Black Swan. Millepied admits to having directorial ambitions. And acting? “I think you can learn to act,” he says.

If all that sounds ambitious to the point of delusion, it helps to consider Aronofsky’s first impression of Millepied: “He’s very exciting to be around because he’s got a lot of passion and a great eye. His future’s gonna be vast—and very unique.”

As for dancing, Millepied doesn’t really book himself beyond what the NYCB requests of him these days, confounding some of his colleagues, who tell him he’s squandering his prime physical years. “Everybody’s like, ‘You should just dance now’—that I can’t do.” He’s talking about choreography but could be referring to any number of new passions. “I just have this other interest I love, you know?”

[From Details]

God, he’s so sexy. I have a thing for Baryshnikov too, so this isn’t the first ballet dancer I’ve idly thought, “Damn, I bet he’s crazy flexible.” Oh, and do you think Natalie was a homewrecker? I had forgotten about that, but CB wrote about it back in January. You notice Ben doesn’t really deny it, but from what I know about the professional dance community, it’s not like they stick with the same partners night after night, you know?



Photo courtesy of Details.

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  1. canadianchick says:

    Mmm hottie! He could pirouette to my house and I wouldn’t complain.

  2. YT says:

    Hello! Nice eye candy! I wouldn’t mind having one of those around.

  3. Tar says:

    Daaaamn. Hot.

  4. Samantha says:

    Digging a little I found, “An abstract tattoo runs up the left side of his stomach, inspired by the Bauhaus painter Oskar Schlemmer.” Very nice.

  5. Snarf says:

    The porn ‘stashe has to go.

  6. kia says:

    We have millipieds in my house right now, they’re creepy little things! I suggest smacking it with a shoe, that should handle the problem….oh wait, that’s MILLIPEDES, oops my bad. I’m sure this guy gets that all the time!

  7. Kevin says:

    Cross between Colin Farrell/Robert Downey. Good One kia!

  8. Luci says:

    Put a dancer in your life campaign!

  9. A.K.A says:

    @Kia :
    HAHAHA!!! That’s funny because I thought the same thing(of his name)!! We get millipedes in our house too and I’m terrified of them!Some of them are 15 cm long and these ones don’t die with just one smack of a shoe! 😀

  10. Spring says:


  11. LindyLou says:

    That lucky bitch…he is uberHOT. Thanks for the pics Kaiser!

  12. NYC says:

    My god that man is sex on legs. And yes you did not read the article LOL. He states that the mark on his abs is a tattoo.

    “the Bauhaus tattoo on his abdomen (he got big into 1920s art and furniture a few years back”.

  13. maria says:

    Yum, yum and yum. A body and a mind. Yum.

  14. original kate says:

    he reminds me of the soup nazi from seinfeld. “NO SOUP FOR YOU!”

  15. Kiska says:

    His body is incredible.

  16. Fire says:

    This guy is f*cking hot! I think I like him more without the mustache though:

    And, yeah, the article talks about his tattoo. I think Kaiser was too enthralled with the pics. ;o)

  17. ering says:

    Were you referring to Devendra Banhart? He’s an excellent musician and deserves a lot more respect than you’re giving him.

  18. CandyKay says:

    I have met Benjamin, and he is very nice in addition to being very hot. He is also very short, like most ballet dancers, including Baryshnikov. Possibly Tom Cruise size or shorter.

    I’ve dated a male ballet dancer on and off for many years, and while he’s got a fantastic (short) body and is an intelligent guy, he doesn’t know much about anything besides ballet.

    Like the vast majority of dancers – including Ben – he didn’t go to college, because the usual university years (18-22 in the U.S.) are the years when you’re working at corps and solo level and hoping to become a principal dancer by age 23 or 25. Trying to talk to him about politics or economics or my job or basically anything that’s not directly related to ballet or other ballet dancers is an exercise in frustration.

    He’s also incredibly overscheduled – during the season, he rehearses all day and there are usually performances in the evening. He travels a lot for work, and even when he’s on vacation he usually wants to go someplace where he can watch other ballet companies perform.

    Ben sounds even more overscheduled, with choreography in addition to his rehearsal and performance schedule. I wonder when Natalie ever gets to see him.

  19. normade says:

    Yeah, and he’s a dancer, so he’s prolly really short too.

  20. insidescoop says:

    H*ll yes! Dang Natalie, you’ve got it. Yum yum yum yum yum. mmm mmm mmm

  21. Bun says:

    @ering – Yes! Devendra Banhart is awesome. His music is great and he sounds so sexy when he sings in Spanish. Personally I was a bit jelly when she was dating him. But yeah, he’s not traditionally hot or whatever.

  22. Leek says:

    I would go for a mustache ride with him.

  23. aury says:

    yummy. thanks for the photos. natalie is one lucky bitch.

  24. elaine benes says:

    I’ll take one to go, please.

  25. fizXgirl314 says:

    Damn he really is hot… but still a ballerina :-/

  26. Lina Valderrama says:

    The *inkblot* on his stomach is the logo for the 80s band Bauhaus. I love them!

  27. mills says:

    “He is also very short, like most ballet dancers” – this is untrue. Ballet dancers are all ranges, especially nowadays. He may be on the shorter side, and that’s likely why he can take on so many side projects. Taller leading dancers are more in demand, to be honest.

  28. Mikale says:

    Not seeing the hotness. You lose 50 hot points for being a male ballet dancer anyway.

  29. lolli says:

    so this is the dude who left his pregnant wife for natalie portman? what a catch, have at it natalie!

  30. tanya says:

    overrated. He’s got a wonk eye and yeah, he totally left his wife for natalie, and teh wife’s been vocal about it. Total twats, the both of them.

  31. kroq says:

    A pregnant wife? Never heard about that one. I did read before that her ex Gael Garcia Bernal left HER for his baby mama.

  32. memnoch666 says:

    Yes, totally hot and Millepied translates to 1000 feet; hmmm,whatever could that be referring to?

  33. Zelda says:

    Yuck to the face.

  34. driouxcipher says:

    The tattoo was used most prominently on the cover of the Bauhaus 1979 – 1983 compilation record, released in 1986. The logo was closely associated with the band, for obvious reasons.

  35. Michelle says:

    Tattoo is also used by the band, Bauhaus, circa early 80’s.

  36. Mistral says:

    Ballet dancers have sick bodies (yes, I went and used “sick” like I was a squealing 15 year old). Love that his name fits his profession.

  37. Ashley says:

    Not that hot. The body isn’t even that hot. He looks short.

  38. erin says:

    A man ballerina? Eww. No thanks. I like men who act like men, thanks.

  39. Orbit says:

    He’s got two acting credits: “Barbie of Swan Lake” and “Barbie in the Nutcracker.” Yes, that Barbie.

  40. Michelle says:

    Looks like Hugh Laurie. I get the feeling that his shoulders are really small, hence his penchant for the mexican wave 😛

  41. Sara says:

    Hot hot hot!

  42. CandyKay says:

    @mills. I agree that tall dancers are in demand – probably because they are so rare! Candace bushnell’s husband Charles Askegaard, a middling talent if there ever was one, is still dancing into his 40s, largely because he is tall and can partner the tall ballerinas.

  43. VIktoryGin says:

    Short? Meh. He can get it any day of the week if he wanted.

  44. jc126 says:

    He’s very hot, but I thought it was a bummer that Natalie Portman and Gael Garcia Bernal didn’t stay together.

  45. Beejay says:

    Baby got back…AND front. Grrrrrauw!

    Man, the hotness is killing me.

    Gotta go, mustdip brain in crushed icechips to subdue the dirty thoughts…

  46. Mingo says:

    Stupid tattoo, ballet dancer, porn stash. Enough said.

  47. Red Rooster says:

    Can we ban the word “like” from all conversations? To see it used in print is even more tiresome.

  48. anna says:

    He is a star-struck douche ~ cheating on his girlfriend of many years… fuck just cause stupid Portman showed up… gross !!It will be over before you know it.

  49. Anonymous says:

    I worked on Black Swan, and everyone thought that Millipied was a pompous snob. I don’t care what he looks like.

  50. Melissa says:

    The tattoo he has on his side is of Oskar Schlemmer, Bauhaus emblem (1922).

  51. treefoog says:

    He’s got butter face. Gross.

  52. mojo2010 says:

    anyone who “wants to get their foot in the door” in hollywood at 33 is not to be trusted – what was she thinking? this woman could have anyone – I’m sure he’s clever enough, at dancing – but…come on! she’s political, she’s intelligent – this ALWAYS happens with hot, smart women…they haven’t gotten out enough (dirty enough?) to put good sex into perspective (been there…)

  53. Penelope says:

    Meh…not my type

  54. Sandra says:

    Not hot, considering, at 5’5″, I am taller than him.

  55. Worked on set says:

    I worked on the Black Swan set. Benjamin is around 5’3″ or 5’4″. Natalie Portman is around 4’11” or 5’0″. They are going to have one tiny, short baby.

  56. flicflac says:

    He is a pro dancer. He is athletic, not a surprise.
    Unless dating a star like Portman makes him hotter he is not hot at all…

  57. violet says:

    Natalie is 5’3 he looks around 5’5, 5’6. But yeah I have heard that taller dancers are more in demand. I’m a dancer and I’m 5 foot exactly so I’m extremely light and a girl who is 5’9 or something and a ballerina would still be light to lift but you have to have the right partner, my partners about 5’5 and we work perfectly together.

    Also I don’t think he left his wife for her, he left his girlfriend and she wasn’t pregnant. Who knows maybe they were on the verge of ending it, maybe she was a huge bitch, maybe she was insane, its not our business to judge other people’s relationship when in reality we know absolutely nothing about it in the first place.

    But to recap, hes a total babe.

  58. John Cole says:

    My gaydar is going wild… Sorry ladies.

  59. Sarah says:

    He’s a hairy one. Look at his chest, he totally waxes it in that pattern. They are going to have one hairy short offspring. I’m sure it will still be cute though cause she’s awfully pretty.

  60. jennifer says:

    Meh, he’s not that great looking. He’s got a weird shaped head and seems super tiny, but I guess Natalie’s pretty small too. Personally, I think she could do a lot better than this dude.

  61. Koowie says:

    He’s good looking. For all the people who says he’s not, you know you want his body. lol

  62. JB says:

    Doesn’t anyone think this guy is too skinny? Yeah, he’s fit, but looks about 110 lbs soaking wet. Too scrawny for me.

  63. Lexila says:

    He may be hott, correctionhe certainly is hott but hes an ahole to boot. Seems that before he started dating Portman he had a live in girlfriend and Portman had a boyfriend. They both cheated and he dumped his live in for Natalie. I know that people should always follow their happiness but not cool.