Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied Are Having a Baby, But Do They Need to Get Married?carolyncastiglia
Actress Natalie Portman confirmed today that she is having a baby with her “Black Swan” co-star Benjamin Millepied. Millepied, 33, also choreographed the film and is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Between the parents-to-be, it’s hard to tell which one is better looking, so their baby is sure to be cinema royalty and a total knockout.
According to The LA Times, Portman – who turns 30 in June – will likely be nominated for an Oscar for her role in Aronofsky’s ballet thriller. She seems to be at a perfect juncture in her life and career to welcome a baby. On top of her pregnancy, People published an exclusive this morning announcing that Portman and Millepied are engaged. But is a shotgun wedding the best idea for this hot Hollywood duo?
An unwed couple dealing with an unplanned pregnancy is excellent film fodder (see Juno, Knocked Up). But what about real-life couples facing that dilemma? Can a marriage entered into because of pregnancy last? Using Hollywood couples as examples, the chances of reaching a 50th – or even 5th – wedding anniversary seem pretty slim.
Like Portman and Millepied, Reese Witherspoon and her ex Ryan Phillippe were co-stars on the 1999 film “Cruel Intentions.” Phillippe proposed to Witherspoon after they found out she was pregnant. The couple married in June 1999 and had their first child, Ava, in September; they divorced in 2006. Actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams never married, but their relationship ended two years after their daughter Matilda was born. Matilda was conceived shortly after the couple met working on the 2004 film “Brokeback Mountain.”
It’s difficult to say why these relationships didn’t work out. Were the couples too young? Were these merely on-set romances that couldn’t go the distance? Or was the stress of having a child (or two) too much? Hollywood marriages are notoriously difficult to keep together, so Portman and Millepied are facing an uphill battle. Let’s hope the baby they have on the way only serves to cement their bond, not break it.
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Source: LA Times