Most TV viewers are used to seeing him as Natalie Portman“s handsome arm candy at awards shows, but on Wednesday, Benjamin Millepied was in the solo spotlight on the small screen.
The French-born dancer and choreographer turned up as a guest judge on So You Think You Dance — critiquing (sweetly and articulately!) the performances of the top 10 dancers on the FOX reality dance competition alongside permanent judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy.
The hunky, blue-eyed Millepied was formerly a principal ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet, and has choreographed for top ballet companies around the world. It was his work as choreographer (and featured actor) on 2010″s Black Swan that led him to Portman, 31; the Oscar-winning actress gave birth to their son Aleph in June 2011, and the couple wed in Big Sur, Calif. earlier this month.
His new dance group, L.A. Dance Project, performed a new number toward the end of the show; his wife Portman wasn”t spotted in the audience during the live broadcast.
“Nigel [Lithgoe] invited Benjamin,” a show source tells Our employees. “Nigel is on the board of the Music Center, where Benjamin”s LA Dance Project was launched. Nigel was impressed with the work he”s been doing and thought he”d be a natural fit to sit at the judges” table. He was a great judge and the show would have him back!”
On the couple”s romantic wedding day, they exchanged their vows by candlelight beneath a hand-crafted chuppah. “Natalie was beaming . . . The smile never left her face the entire night. It looked like it was the best day of her life.”