Benjamin Millepied of "Black Swan" named director of Paris Opera Ballet
Benjamin Millepied, left, and Natalie Portman arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2012. / AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Benjamin Millepied, the dancer and choreographer who helped transform Natalie Portman into an obsessed, paranoid ballerina for "Black Swan" and later married the actress, was named director of the Paris Opera Ballet on Thursday.
Millepied, 35, is a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet who left in 2011 to create his own dance company in Los Angeles, L.A. Dance Project. He'll start at the Paris company in October 2014, when the current dance director, Brigitte Lefevre, retires.
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He told The New York Times that he planned to continue running the L.A. Dance Project until he began his new job, when he would move to Paris with Portman and their son.
Millepied and Portman met during the making of "Black Swan," Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller that stars Portman as a ballet dancer.
Portman won the best actress Academy Award for her performance in the movie.
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