Natalie Portman has been dating Benjamin Millepied for about a year now. But considering that Black Swan premieres tonight, Natalie and Benjamin are going to be in the spotlight even more. And we’ve decided it’s about time you knew the facts on the French dancer and choreographer who was born in Bordeaux, France. First, the basics:
1. He is a stone cold fox.
This is the most important point. Remember.
2. His name means one million feet.
I’m not sure if that’s his given name. But it may possibly be the best name for a dancer ever. The end.
3. He has a Bauhaus tattoo.
According to Details:
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 we still like the idea of him being super into Gothy New Wave early 80s band Bauhaus…
4. He cast himself as the male dancer in Black Swan.
After working with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis for about a year on Darren Aronofksy’s movie, he suggested they cast him as the supporting male dancer. From New York:
“One day I called one of the producers and said, “I don’t want to be presumptuous, but it’s a very small role, do you think I could mention it to Darren?” And they were like, “Well, it’s a low budget film … ” But Natalie and Mila were comfortable with me at that point, and it made it so much easier — I was like a puppeteer to some extent sometimes.”
5. He can make anyone not look like a jackass.
According to Mila Kunis, he is a magician when it comes to teaching people to dance:
“Whatever he did, he always made it so that I was still able to do it and not look like a jackass. When he lifts you, he makes you feel light as a feather.”
We have a theory on how he makes his dance partners not look like assholes. And it may have to do with drawing all of the negative attention to himself. We really have nothing to base this on. Except for one amazing photo, courtesy of Getty: