After 35 years, Natalie Portman is going to finally live out what she calls “Every Jew's secret wish” by putting up her first Christmas tree in her home, she told Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night.
The Jewish actress, who was promoting her new movie, Jackie, told Fallon that because this year the first night of Chanukah falls out on Christmas Eve, her family will celebrate both holidays at the same time.
"I celebrate Chanukah, I'm Jewish, but my husband's family celebrates Christmas," Portman said on the 'The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,' "So we usually do Chanukah at ours and Christmas at theirs. But this year it's the same time, which is really nice!"
Portman, who is married to French dancer Benjamin Millepied, initially asked her husband if it would be okay with his parents if they didn’t have a tree for the holidays, but her parents quickly intervened saying that she should make an exception and put one up.
“My whole life, no Christmas tree. And then all of a sudden they have this great excuse because it’s kind of every Jew’s secret wish to have a Christmas tree. … It took 35 years to get here,” she told Fallon.
Jimmy Fallon gifted the Jerusalem-born actress with a silver and blue tree ornament, replete with The Tonight Show logo and designs of a dancing Jimmy Fallon. The Oscar winning actress and Millepied, who converted to Judaism in 2014, will be celebrating the joint holidays in their LA home with family and their 5-year-old son Aleph, reported the Times of Israel.
The couple is expecting baby number two in the Spring, according to ET. Despite how large her bump is, she told Fallon, “I’m a small person in general. So you show a lot faster and a lot more when you’re small. Everyone thinks I’m about to pop, about to give birth any minute. I have months to go.”
Portman’s role as Jackie Kennedy in the new movie "Jackie," set to come out Dec. 2, has already been making headlines for the actress's exceptional performance. “She gets the former First Lady's breathy voice, her quiet style — and ever-present, barely-held-in-check nervousness,” a review in The NY Daily News said.