Natalie Portman goes blonde: ‘My mom says I’m like a different person’

Natalie Portman has lightened up. The actress accompanied her new husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, to his L.A. Dance Project at Walt Disney Concert Hall over the weekend and showed off a new look: honey-blond hair.

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Wearing a white Dior Couture dress that seemed fancier than the one she wore to her Big Sur, California, wedding last month, Portman — who posed with her pal Robert Pattinson on the red carpet — talked about her new look to The Hollywood Reporter. Revealing that the change was made for an upcoming movie role, though she wouldn't mention which one, the 31-year-old said, "I did it just a couple of days ago," adding, "My mom says I'm like a different person."

The Los Angeles-based colorist responsible for Portman's tress transformation is Tracey Cunningham. "Natalie makes a beautiful blonde!" Cunningham told Us Weekly. "She needed to make the change for an upcoming movie role, and using Redken's Blonde Dimensions we achieved a gorgeous, multi-dimensional golden blonde."

Most people associate the Academy Award winner with brown hair, but she has had a blonde moment before. For the 2004 movie "Closer," she donned a blond, blunt cut wig for her role as stripper. Her more memorable hair makeover was in 2005 when she shaved her noggin bald for her role in "V for Vendetta." She later told USA Today, "I was really excited to get to shave my head — it's something I'd wanted to do for a while and now I had a good excuse. It was nice to shed that level of vanity for a girl."

At Saturday night's event, Portman was happy to support her new husband, with whom she has a 15-month old son, Aleph. His L.A. Dance Project company performed three pieces for the crowd, including one that he choreographed. Portman's friends Kate and Laura Mulleavy from the label Rodarte — who designed her rather modest wedding dress as well as her "Black Swan" costumes" — created the costumes for Millepied's dance piece. There was a star-studded guest list at the event, which drew celebrities including Robert Pattinson, who is Portman and Millepied's neighbor.

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The Hollywood Reporter asked the "Twilight" actor if audiences could expect to see him dancing in a film in the future, but he quickly shot down the idea, saying, "I was inspired, but I know my limitations."

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