Natalie Portman becomes latest celebrity to visit Havana

Posted: 15-Jan-16 16:41

She tried to make it incognito (to the international media at least) and she nearly succeeded too but the news in Cuba have spread like wildfire and it's finally official: Natalie Portman is in Havana right now enjoying a private family holiday in the island during which she was not only dining at the now legendary La Guarida paladar but also making a stop at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba's headquarters in the capital, where she, accompanied by her son, had a private encounter with prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso and where she witnessed several warm-up and rehearsing sessions by the internationally acclaimed Cuban Ballet Company.

Natalie Portman becomes latest celebrity to visit Havana

It’s not yet established when it was that she landed in the Cuban capital but it has just been revealed that, for a few days now, US actress Natalie Portman has been enjoying a private holiday in Cuba in the company of her five-year-old son Aleph, and husband Aleph Millepied, director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet.

Her visit so far has included plenty of culture-soaking and sightseeing along Havana’s historic sites. Even when she has tried to go under the radar and has been spotted walking along the city streets like an ordinary tourist not drawing much attention to herself or her small entourage, the photos that made the alarm go off included one of her posing next to the waitressing crew at the famous La Guarida paladar restaurant in Havana, which they were quick to post on their Facebook account and another one of an unnamed sourced published in Vistar Magazine which shows the Oscar-winning actress sitting next to the queen of Cuban ballet, Alicia Alonso, whilst cradling her young son.

As part of a visit to the Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s headquarters at the Gran Teatro de La Habana, Natalie and her family had a private encounter with legend of Cuban ballet, Alicia Alonso, who famously criticised (whilst refusing to watch) the ballet-inspired film Black Swan (for the negative portrayal of the “behind the scenes” ballet world as a ruthlessly competitive industry) in which Natalie Portman starred with a role that was to earn her her first ever Oscar prize in 2011.

As well as meeting the 94-year-old prima ballerina assoluta in person, during her time there she also reportedly attended various rehearsals by the members of the Cuban Ballet Company.

Natalie Portman’s recent visit to Cuba may not have gone under the radar after all (at least this time) but according to different media sources this was not her first to the island.

Portman's presence in Cuba comes after the also recent visits of other acclaimed US actresses including Helen Hunt and Kristen Bell who are still on the island as they prepare for the filming of the final episode of the fifth season of House of Lies in Havana, the American TV series hit which will have Cuba's capital as the main backdrop to this latest season's finale.


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