Natalie Portman on her future career plans: “I’m cooking a child.”


Well, it looks like this tragedy of a maternity dress was designed by Vionnet, usually a solid label. What would possess a hip fashion house to put gold bedazzling on a faux collar and cuffs? Ugh. Anyway, it’s All Natalie, All The Time, and it will be through the awards season. She was at the Palm Springs International Film Festival with her fiancé Benjamin Millepied, although he’s not in any photos from the event. Which is interesting, isn’t it? He shows up for her, but she issued the memo: “No famewhoring. All of these events are about ME, not you.” I guess we won’t be seeing another “I’m a dancer-director-writer-producer-chef” interview anytime soon? Anyway, during her awards acceptance speech, Natalie gushed a bit about Ben:

Natalie Portman got a little verklempt about her husband-to-be on Saturday. Accepting the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the tight-lipped pregnant star couldn’t help gushing about Benjamin Millepied, the dancer/choreographer whom she met while making Black Swan.

As Frenchman Millepied, 33, looked on from the audience, Portman, 29, got teary-eyed as she thanked her fiance who “partnered me in the movie and who now partners me in life.”

About three months along with Millepied’s child, Portman concealed her baby bump with a Vionnet dress and proudly wore her stunning engagement ring — revealed the first pics on Friday — as she accepted her trophy.

[From Us Weekly]

At the film festival, Natalie did additional press too. When Parade Magazine got a hold of her and asked what her future career plans were, she replied “I’m cooking a child.” I guess meaning that she’s taking time off? She also spoke about her Oscar dreams: “It’s obviously a big honor [to win an Oscar]. The company in which it puts you even to be mentioned among these other women is a huge, huge honor and a huge compliment. It’s just an extremely flattering, just meaningful to be among these people I really respect and admire.” Wow, she REALLY wants it. More than any other potential Best Actress contender. I wonder what that means for her chances?



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  1. Delta Juliet says:

    Weird way to put that but whatever.

    I get such a “cold” feeling from them as a couple. Do you think they will even make it to the altar?

  2. Happymom says:

    I still cannot get over the hideousness that is this dress. As bad as the gold is, I really think the worst is that cheap-ass ruffle on the bottom-it looks like a cheesy figure skating outfit from 1965.

  3. Bella Bella says:

    re: Cooking a child. lol– It makes me think of my turn at eight months pregnant when my husband asked me to help him with his tie. For some reason it really pissed me off and I waddled down the hallway all pissed off that he dare ask for my assistance. I was yelling, “Oh no! I’ll help you. Heaven forbid I not help you with your tie while I’m busy GROWING HUMAN LIFE!!!”

    I’m not proud. It set woman back about fifty years.

    Oh and I remember why I was pissed. I was watching DVR Real Housewives and eating a snickers at like… nine in the morning. :/

  4. brin says:

    Guess we know who wears the iron tutu in that family.

  5. Kaye says:

    That dress reminds me of the monstrosity that Katie Holmes “designed” and wore to some function.

  6. Squirrel says:

    Am trying to think under which desperate circumstances that dress would be ok. The only instance I can come up with is a 70s version of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind when she makes a dress out of curtains due to sheer necessity and desperation. This dress here would have been made out of a table cloth, under cloth and two fake gold tea light holders.

  7. bros says:

    haha bella bella. I think thats a great comment! I totally would yell that if I were pregnant. about everything. you want a glass of water? im busy growing human life! you want me to get the dry cleaning? Im busy growing human life!


  8. OriginalGracie says:

    @Bella Bella: awww, I can so relate to that!!!!

    I would’ve been pissed too.

    And, a Snicker’s bar at 9 am would be very tasty no matter what.

  9. liz says:

    I actually love the dress. She deserves that Oscar – -not saying she isn’t a self-entitled snob, nose high in the air narcissist, but she earned that trophy.

  10. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    She is showing just like I did —EARLY.

  11. Bodhi says:

    Awesome Bella Bella!!

    I routinely refer to myself as currently “brewing up a baby”. And when I feel like reading on the couch all day & my darling husband asks me very gently to please do the dishes so he can do some other bit of housework, I have been know to say “I’m working on Bean’s heart right now thankyouverymuch!” And then I feel like a slug & do the dishes… most of the time… lol!!

  12. Diane says:

    lol @ bella bella, too funny!

  13. Cheyenne says:

    I can’t put my finger on it, but something seems to be off about this woman. I mean seriously off.

  14. the original bellaluna says:

    “Cooking a child” brings to mind the wicked witch, baking a baby in her oven. NOT the image that comes to my mind whilst pregnant. (Having been so 4 times, I’m secure enough in my womanhood to say that.)

    @ bella bella – You are too funny!

  15. PrettyTarheel says:

    @ bella bella: Don’t feel bad. Every time my husband wants to complain about his day, I’m like, “yeah, well, I made a lung today. Top that.”

  16. Wicked SteppMom says:

    Have people really not heard “cooking up/baking up a baby?” It comes from “She’s got a bun in the oven.” Not that either one is super-classy…or prevented me from using them! I had Hyperemesis (basically, I barfed if I breathed) w/both my successful pregnancies & lost a significant amount of weight, and felt like crap all the time. If Hubs would ask me to do something, I had no problem yelling at him “Yeah, sure! I’m just bakin’ up a baby here…I’ll get right on that, just as soon as I pull my head out of the toilet & you pull yours out of your butt.”

  17. Rosanna says:

    i think she’s having a girl

  18. the original bellaluna says:

    @ Wicked SteppMom – As one who spent 2 out of her 3 successful pregnancies praying to the porcelain god, I hear you. Loud and clear, sister girlfriend!

    I was hospitalised for over a week. They took blood like I had it to give. I lost SO MUCH weight; and I finally informed the docs that if they wanted any more blood, they’d have to induce a period, because I had no more to give. When the only “good” vein I had left in my body was one in my foot, they finally left my alone.

  19. Beth says:

    She can do no wrong.

  20. H26 says:

    I had hyperemesis too. When I was pregnant with my first, my hubby and I took a trip to San Diego. I could keep nothing down before noon so when we were walking in the morning I need to stop to rest a lot. My husband made some comment about it and I was all ” hey you got to eat this morning and I got to puke, I am growing a baby here give me a break” and that was the last I ever heard of it. :)

    To any others who get or have hyperemesis, ask your doc for zofran, it did wonders for me being able to eat.

  21. mmf says:

    I still use the “I carried you inside me for nine months.”
    My baby is 21.
    But cooking it up, kinda weirds me out.

  22. Anon73 says:

    @Happymom — spot on !!

    “it looks like a cheesy figure skating outfit from 1965. “

  23. TQB says:

    Aw, man, I totally said this last night: “I’m cooking our child, do you think you could maybe cook our dinner tonight?”

  24. cheyenne says:

    Beth: She can do no wrong.

    In whose mind?

  25. tsagrednerp says:

    Let’s be real right now it’s her race to lose and she’s gonna keep dude in check until she can waddle herself on that stage to collect the oscar and make some weepy pregnant lady speech about how her baby’s inspiring her to expand her craft.

    I think she did well in the movie, thought she could have pushed herself a little more and get really lost in the roll but they arent really asking actors/actresses to do that anymore so I expect she’ll sweep.

    I give this relationship 2 years, you know when she realizes he’s been cheating and only wanted his 15 mins. and not her and the baby.

  26. tsagrednerp says:

    Yes I realize I’m being totally mean especially about the pregnant lady thing…I kinda don’t mean it, having kind of a shitty day.

  27. danielle says:

    @mmf: i use this same line all the time and my kids are 5 and 3! i use it more as a guilt trip type thing though like if i ask my son for a kiss and he says no, i say “i carried you inside of me for 9 months!!” and even though he’s only 3…something tells him that he has to give in haha

  28. RHONYC says:


    she’s having a baby.

    good 4 her.

    big woop. :-(

  29. Str8Shooter says:

    Mmmmmmmm….wonder what she’s gonna have for the side dishes???

  30. Camille says:

    I’m starting to really go off this chick. Its the Anne Hathaway Oscar thing all over again. I have to admit that if Natalie loses out on the Oscar I will have a good old ‘LOL’. :D

  31. anonononominimity says:

    the rest of us get prison time for uttering such things.

  32. truthzbetta says:

    Her answer was an acceptance speech! Does she own the thing? This MTV edited backstage melodrama (this idea has been done to death a thousand and one times — there are remakes of remakes of this story) is full of a cast not even trying to be about the work.

    They are all calling the paps about their own melodramas.

    Director, two stars, and a K-fed all telling us about their hook ups or break ups and showing up with heartstring pulling pictures of their broken families or families to be.

    I don’t like this bunch’s Oscar campaign style. No “let the work speak for itself” here. And no wonder. We’ve seen three major versions of A Star is Born alone.

  33. Angel says:

    Bella Bella … I haven’t laughed that much all week XD

  34. Bodhi says:

    the rest of us get prison time for uttering such things.

    What? That makes no sense whatsoever

  35. Trashaddict says:

    Makes me thing of the Bill Cosby monologue about his wife giving birth. “They pulled it out with the salad spoons…and I said, put it back! It’s not done yet!”
    Most hysterical send-up of childbirth yet.

  36. hater says:

    it’s her posture that’s so annoying. she always looks so prim