Meet Natalie Portman's man, Benjamin Millepied
February 16th, 2011
05:15 PM ET

Meet Natalie Portman's man, Benjamin Millepied

For dance aficionados, 33-year-old Benjamin Millepied is better known as a principal dancer for the New York City ballet, but to nearly everyone else, he's the guy who is now engaged to Natalie Portman...and is also the father of the baby she's expecting.

The French-born Millepied - who choreographed Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," which starred Portman - posed in a series of photos for ELLE magazine's March issue with his dancing partner of 10 years, Jenifer Ringer. You can see more photos here.

Portman, 29, hasn't been too shy about discussing their relationship; she thanked Millepied during her acceptance speech for the best dramatic actress in a motion picture Golden Globe for "helping me continue [to create] more life."

She went on, "Benjamin choreographed the film, and also you might remember him in the movie as the guy, when they ask, 'Would you sleep with that girl?' he's like, 'No.' He's the best actor, it's not true - he totally wants to sleep with me!"

But Millepied was a bit more bashful in his interview with ELLE. When asked about his relationship with Portman, he became tongue-tied and looked toward the floor as he responded, "We're just two people."

He had an easier time talking about the film. “Darren was so focused, and I could see the intensity in the performances during the shoots,” the dancer said. “There was something emotionally consuming taking place. I’m very happy for everyone involved.”

At that point, ELLE notes, Millepied relaxed a little bit. “And I’m thrilled to be a dad, too, of course," he smiled.

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  1. Thanha Eugenies

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    July 11, 2012 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel

    The guy looks like a total lunch box... Yeah, I swear I'm not jealous..

    February 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bes

    Okay this has all the makings of Eva Longoria and "her" Tony Parker. She is soooooooo into this guy and he sounds like he could care less. He'll hang in till the kid is born and then take a powder. And if she wins the Oscar for best actress she will surely get dumped....that's the pattern. Geez, he knoced her up and he's acting like whatever. Don't get out the Hupa (or whatever it's called just yet).

    February 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ThePhoenix

    who DOESNT want to sleep with you woman! The SNL rap video solidified it

    February 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ThePhoenix

    I have nothing but contempt for this man, even tho I never met him. Its just NOT fair I tell you

    February 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mandy

    She actually hasn't been open about him. A little more then she ever has about a guy but not really. She's very private. She dhouldn't have to talk about him with anyone. Neither should he. But I think it's odd all the sudden he is in Elle magazine. Marry a celeb and boom, magazine photo shoot?? what??
    Anyway....hope she wins! She's great. love her.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Arch Stanton

    Ms. Portman has been America's darling for some time, so it will be rewarding to see her win an Oscar for her work. That said, I caught Jenifer Ringer in an interview on TV yesterday and I found her to be one of the secret's I did not know about. Sure, I remember the inexplicable controversy about the critic who said a ballerina looked like she had gained weight, but I did not take the time to learn about the artist herself. In the interview yesterday, everything she said and did seemed to exude personality and charm. No wonder she had been the principal dancer for the NY Ballet for a decade! She is, simply, beautiful to the core. Now, for the butts that like to post incomplete phrases to poke fun, the truth is that I know more about other things like rugby, steel traps, and building kill boxes in my fire support plan than I do about ballet or the teaching of Blasis, but as a gentleman I have learned to tip my hat to a lady, especially one as beautiful as Jenifer Ringer.

    February 18, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eat Mo Chicken Any Man Ever Seen

    Ya...looks like a back door man to me.

    February 18, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gofannon

    Thought it was dude from 'The Office' at first. Now I'm disappointed. Mille-who?

    February 18, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ken

    Do you blame the guy? Every man would have left his girlfriend or wife for a shot at Natalie Portman .

    February 18, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. ferguson

    Isnt this man being accused of leaving his live-in ex-girlfriend at the drop of a hat after Portman's proposition? I am not sure, but is that how things are done in these circles? I guess I am naive about honor.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. r

    What's his net worth?

    February 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bobby Z

    Seriously, it's pretty trashy for him to leave his live in girlfriend of several years just to bone somebody that almost ANYONE would bone and then stuck with the consequences... And Natalie's speech just reeks of a homewrecker hoping his ex is watching the ceremony to hear her say that (which of course she is)

    February 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Freespirit

    Why do people think he's gay? I think he's gorgeous! However, it sure doesn't sound like he is nuts about Natalie, and I feel sorry for his ex girlfriend for sure. Definitely feel this is not going to last, but you never know.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. french fried bananas

    He looks like excellent genetic material to me. I'd have his baby. But marry him? Whatever for? People in the entertainment business tend to be too flaky for meaningful relationships, as we have daily proof.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. apm

    They seem like nice, normal people. Everyone should wish them the best and leave it at that.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. macjones

    He's gay AND French? YIKES.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  18. koko

    Im w/you ROLYAT, I dont know much about the entertainment world but hell there've been stranger couples. Look at "Mimi" and o crap whats that kids name? Wateva anyway, I thought that Bruce Willis & Demi Moore would b 2gether 4ever... Good luck 2 them, its difficult being in love in the limelight and yes, Im sure she may b a bit insecure about HIS celebrity. I mean COME ON! Hes in TIGHTS around a TON OF GORGEOUS WOMEN! ALL. THE. TIME!

    February 17, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  19. J Fritzl

    'When asked about his relationship with Portman, he became tongue-tied and looked toward the floor as he responded, "We're just two people." '

    Total gay response. You'll note he makes no indication that he is in love with this woman, he almost sounds embarrassed to be with her. He's excited about their child? Elton John was excited when a woman had his child, too, that doesn't mean he's attracted to her.

    Probably just got drunk and fooled around during 'Black Swan', and he's haunted by it. *sigh* Oh Natalie, you need someone hetero to be your baby daddy.

    February 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      You're dumb. You don't know anything about this person and yet you claim he's gay. The only way you would know that is if you were gay with him. C'mon, grow up.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Neekbone

    Im too busy to care

    February 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  21. anne

    Thanks coco and sig.

    February 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dawn

    doomed..and they are both trashy...feel sorry for the unborn baby.

    February 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. slg

    Anne if you google him it's all over the internet, this article does not mention it but it is the truth. He left his live in girlfriend, who is another dancer in the ballet, for Natalie once they started filming Black Swan. And Natalie soon became pregnant with his child. I feel very sad for his ex-girlfriend, supposedly they were together for many years, she could not compete with the Hollywood glamour of Natalie Portman I suppose. What a shame.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Pliny

    Where are his other 998 legs?

    February 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Pliny

    His name: Bo-Bo The Sperm Boy

    February 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  26. emim05

    JackieInDalla said it best. Enough said.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dan

    Ryan from the Office!

    February 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Superhiro

    This guy looks like a bootleg Prince.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  29. anne

    Where did everyone hear he left someone or was engaged? The article states "dance" partner of 10 years; nothing about marriage, engaged, living with somone else.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • coco

      They're not talking about the girl he dances with, thats business they're talking about his ex girl friend. He might not be super famous out side the dance world but, he's pretty famous in the dancing world he has achived most stuff as a dancer, and it was known that he had a girlfriend for many many years before N.Portman.

      February 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. rolyat

    He left another woman's port for Natalie's Port. It's just a matter of time "Nat" before he backs out of your port and pulls into someone elses port. Besides, he looks gay.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • musings

      What do you know? My brother and his son are both dancers/ice skaters. And both have had a constant stream of beautiful females in their lives. The problem for them in that they either put their art first or cannot make enough money to "provide" in this economy. Gay? Since when is having an aesthetic personality strictly gay? It's not. They're athletes, primarily.

      February 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      You look gay...oh, and p.s. People don't "look" gay.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Jay

    He looks like the guy from Perfect Strangers...

    February 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Kevin


    February 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Laura

    This man was engaged previously and left his for Natalie, so it doesn't bode well.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  34. burning_beard

    we all know it's aaron rodgers with short hair. duh!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Barak Ollama

    I wonder if he'll be tempted by Travolta and Cruise?

    February 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  36. J0nx

    She is so weird and so liberal. No matter how beautiful she is I could never get over that hyper-smart, quacky, liberal personality of hers. Good luck frenchie because you're going to need it.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Marco555

    Loved Black Swan. Every scene in that movie was great. Start to finish.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  38. M

    Funny, this article doesn't mention that he had a live in girlfriend when Black Swan started filming. I agree with the above comment, this relationship is not going to last.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  39. PH

    We are in a depression! An Natalies man?

    February 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  40. hm

    His name looks like "millipede"

    February 17, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  41. jenn

    he will forever be known as natalie portmans man

    February 17, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  42. b=Dog

    Portman sucks... she's nothing but a dumb Polanski supporter.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ross

      and you........are an idiot.

      February 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPfan

      She is an incredible actress and should win the Oscar.
      BTW, ditto on Ross accurate assessment and may I add you are a complete moron and loser.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  43. D

    OOOOOO...he is $exy!!

    February 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      He is a "millipede" and yet they shot him from the waste up. I wanted to see his many legs.

      February 17, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Yuck. I just don't think he's very attractive. To each his or her own, I suppose. Maybe he has a lovely personality.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  44. TJ

    I love Natalie Portman and hope she wins the Oscar, but I have a feeling that this relationship is not going to last. When all the hoopla fades, usually after the Oscars, so will this relationship. Sorry Natalie, but I think you'll be a single parent.

    February 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIG

      I'm inclined to agree. This has "in the heat of the moment" written all over it. He's not a big celeb and nor is he mega rich and so there is likely to be a huge disparity in this couples' lives resulting in insecurity in one of them. However, I wish Natalie and Benjamin the best and hopes the relationship lasts as long as possible, until death does one of them part.

      February 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackieInDallas

      What all of you are forgetting is that in HIS world of dance, he's considered a superstar. And it takes a great deal of self confidence, adaptability, and flexibility to become a male featured dancer and choreographer (and I mean both mentally AND physically for all three attributes!). Personally, I never thought that Brad Pitt and Angelina would be together this long...and I thought that several recent breakups were shocking, so I'm not about to make a guess about this relationship. None of us have a crystal ball to see into the future of the hearts of these two people. Let them be.

      February 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Looch

      I'm depressed. I wish it was my D.N.A., swimming inside of Natalie Portman.

      February 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol Senal

      Unfortunately I think you are right. The whole romance is so intense and so fast that I don't think it has much of a chance. I don't think he will be able to tolerate the scrutiny and the bubbly way she talks about him. To bad I really think she's a fine actor.

      February 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol Senal

      The note listed was a reply to TJ.

      February 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jillybean

      He left another woman for her and I agree the passion will fizzle out.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • EricLr

      She's pretty, and a lot of guys fantasize about her. But she strikes me as the kind of person who would be an insufferable bore to put up with in an actual long-term relationship. Every interview reveals that she's a complete airhead, and she's a overbearing Zionist zealot to boot. They only reason she even got into the ivy league is because of her celebrity, after all. Is there anyone who thinks that this guy isn't just a gold-digger in it for the fame boost? Because he sure isn't in love with her mind.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • sg

      Sad, but I'm inclined to agree.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |

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