French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, the husband of Jewish actress Natalie Portman, told an Israeli newspaper that he is converting to Judaism.
Millepied told the Hebrew-language Yediot Achronot in an article published Jan. 29 that he is “in the middle of the conversion process.”
Becoming Jewish is “very important for me,” Millepied told the newspaper.
Portman, who was born in Jerusalem and is a dual Israeli-American citizen, is in Israel with her husband through March casting a movie she is directing based on the book “A Tale of Love and Darkness” by Israeli author Amos Oz.
The couple will relocate to Paris, where Millepied will work as director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet.
Portman said in September in an interview with the French magazine Madame Figaro that she is interested in becoming a French citizen.“ But I don’t know if it’s possible because I already have an American and an Israeli passport,” she said.
Portman and Millepied were married in a Jewish wedding ceremony last year. — jta