With a role in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and girlfriend named Natalie Portman, renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied is about to leap into the upper echelon of celebrity!
The French native is featured in a story for Details Magazine where he opens up about how he nabbed the role in the upcoming dramatic thriller, the comparison between his and the legendary Michail Baryshnikov, and his dreams of becoming a dance in the United States.
A FEW DAYS AFTER THE REHEARSAL, 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.”
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