Natalie Portman's Husband Benjamin Millepied Is Converting to Judaism

Celebrity News Feb. 1, 2014 AT 10:30AM
Natalie Portman's husband Benjamin Millepied is converting to Judaism Natalie Portman's husband Benjamin Millepied is converting to Judaism! Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Mazel Tov to the Millepieds! Natalie Portman's husband Benjamin Millepied is currently in the process of converting to Judaism, the French-born dancer-choreographer revealed to Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot this week.

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The Oscar-winning actress, 32, is currently living in her native Israel until March with her husband and their baby son Aleph, 2, as she works on her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Portman's hubby told the local paper that he had fallen "in love with this country" and becoming Jewish is "very important for me."

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Millepied, 36, who is currently in the midst of the conversion process, added to the paper that he is anticipating the process to "come to an end soon and I will become a Jew."

His Israeli-born wife, who moved to the United States at age 3, recently gushed about her family's next relocation after Israel -- to Paris! "When Ben asked me if I wanted to go to Paris, I freaked," she told Marie Claire. "Everyone dreams of living in Paris." Millepied -- who has been working with his dance company, L.A. Dance Project, since 2012 -- will become the new director of the Paris Opera Ballet come September.

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The gorgeous couple first met on the set of Black Swan back in 2010, where Millepied served as choreographer and had a small onscreen role. They married in a private, nighttime Jewish ceremony in Big Sur, Calif. in August 2012.

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