Jake Gyllenhaal Praises Ex Natalie Portman: She Is 'The Audrey Hepburn Of Our Generation'

Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman pose backstage during the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 8, 2011 Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman pose backstage during the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 8, 2011

It seems everyone loves Natalie Portman – even her ex!

Jake Gyllenhaal, who briefly dated Natalie in 2006, recently showered the “Black Swan” beauty with compliments — even comparing her to one of America’s most beloved film stars.

“Natalie is the Audrey Hepburn of our generation,” Jake said on Saturday, before awarding the actress with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, according to People. “She is elegant, graceful, has amazing eyebrows … is talented, really short, funny, smart, dedicated, incredibly kind.”

In addition to raving about the 29-year-old expectant mother’s talents, Jake also took the opportunity to get in a few jabs at his former flame.

“She’s a vegan, which makes it really frustrating when you’re picking a place to eat,” Jake laughed. “She’s also recently announced that she’s going to be a mom, and her child will probably need therapy after seeing ‘Black Swan.’”

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Natalie is feeling very “lucky” these days with a new fiancé, a stellar performance in “Black Swan,” which has sparked loads of award buzz and a baby on the way.

“The apocalypse is coming so, I figured, get it all in before 2011 is out,” Natalie joked with Access’ Shaun Robinson at a junket for her new film, “No Strings Attached,” on Friday of her exciting year. “I feel very lucky. It’s been a really, really lucky, lucky time.”

As for how the first-time expectant mother is feeling, Natalie is craving “anything with vinegar” and has a new request for her upcoming awards show gowns.

“Not too tight,” Natalie told Shaun. “As long as it’s loose, I’m all happy.”

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