By Evonne Ermey
The star of James Blake’s new music video “My Willing Heart” is not who you would expect, it’s Natalie Portman’s baby bump.
Backlit in black and white, underwater, and in bed, the haunting melody of “My Willing Heart” coupled with Portman’s swollen belly is strange and beautiful. And to be clear, it’s not really Portman who stars in this video, it is her unborn daughter. Portman’s goose pimpled belly floats like an orb in and out of frames and it’s so strange and, like we said, so beautiful!
It’s been just about a month since Natalie Portman gave birth to her daughter Amalia Millepied, but “My Willing Heart” is a precious documentation of the those months when mother and child were still coupled, like the ultimate pregnancy photo. The video was directed by Anna Rose Holmer.
Congratulations Natalie Portman, and Kudos to you and your beautiful, arthouse music video, James Blake!