Natalie Portman Is Ravishing in Red on InStyle

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Lady in red: Natalie Portman heats up the February cover of InStyle.

Wearing a velvety scarlet-red Marc Jacobs halter dress, gleaming Vionnet cuff bracelet, and a dreamy smile, Natalie Portman looks appropriately romantic on the February cover of InStyle magazine. Inside the issue, the sizzling actress shares her thoughts on love, sex, and, yes, her upcoming baby.

Portman, who announced in December that she was not only engaged to French dancer Benjamin Millepied but also pregnant with his child, tells the magazine she is thrilled about her new role as a mom-to-be.

“This is the most private of private experiences,” says the actress. “But I am completely awed by the whole process we are living through. I cannot express how lucky I feel.”

Club Monaco model/New York City Ballet member Millepied, 33, met Portman on the set of her thriller Black Swan, where he served as the film’s choreographer. Clearly he had all the right moves.

“I look for all the same things I would in a friend,” the 29-year-old beauty, who was photographed for InStyle by Michelangelo Di Battista, says of the qualities she seeks in a partner. “Obviously, you need the sexual attraction too, so it’s like your best friend who you are also really attracted to.”

Friendship and sex are the subject of Portman’s new movie No Strings Attached, a romantic comedy in which she and Ashton Kutcher play friends with benefits. How does Portman feel about occasionally partnering up with a pal?

“I certainly have friends who could deal with that and others who could not,” she says. “It’s something I’ve seen in high-achieving women—they compartmentalize. You’ve got your work, your friends, your exercise, and your sex. [Grins.] You can tick off those boxes.”