As part of the Academy Awards celebration festivities I, along with my husband Chazz, had the pleasure of having an pre -Oscar lunch with HollywoodMom-to-be, Natalie Portman. The honor was completely mine as we dined with the Oscar nominated actress, her director, Darren Aronofsky and her fiance, Benjamin Millipied, New York City Ballet star and film’s choreographer and toasted their film, Black Swan.
Not only did I find Natalie to be glowing with the beauty of her pregnancy but calm and excited for the wonderful months ahead. A very pregnant Natalie will be going to the Academy Awards this weekend and will hopefully come back to NY with the Oscar for Best Actress. As we dined at the 21 Club over vegetarian dishes and fish we talked about motherhood and how it magically shapes and transforms you as a person and as an actor. Everyone at our small table had their own little pieces of advice for Natalie and Benjamin some funny, some serious. But my advice was simple and pure…. no role in any film will compare to the amazing role we play as mothers. What our babies bring to us opens up a world of colors and experiences that we could never see before therefore changing us for the better. It won’t be easy but it definitely will be worth it. As I wished her all the luck with her baby and with her film, I knew that motherhood would make her life even more perfect than it was already.
If you haven’t seen Black Swan please run and see it before the Oscars, which are this Sunday February 27th, 2011. Natalie Portman gives a stellar performance as a NYC principal ballerina struggling to come to terms with the pressures of the ballet. Her dancing is so beautiful but it is her acting and her intensity that mesmerizes us all.
As a young girl Natalie trained until she was 12 and only recently began dancing again for the film. We talked about how difficult it was to live the life of a dancer and how much training it takes yet the love of ballet stays with you forever. Just as her beautiful role of Nina will stay with me.
Photo from John Steven Fernandez