How did you first get into acting?
I started off dancing, modelling, and worked mainly in commercials for years. It was only when I began taking my career seriously and took a TONNE of acting and voice classes, that I began working in film and television and finally really considered myself an actor.
What have been some of your favourite roles?
Playing "Sophie" was a dream role. A sassy leading lady, strong, independent single mother, surrounded by a hilarious and talented cast, great wardrobe, and shot in Montreal. What could be better?! :) Also, I'm loving the character I'm currently playing on another CBC show called "Cracked." She's a detective who's much tougher, sexier and more direct than I could ever dream of being, and it's fun to play someone so different from myself. Sophie and I had many more similarities.
What's something the average person doesn't know about acting?
Rejection, rejection, rejection. You may audition for 100 roles before you land a single one. And you never find out if it was because of your talent, your hair colour, being too much taller, shorter, older, or younger than the other actor already cast. ... you just hear nothing for what feels like forever before you finally hear a "yes!" You definitely need a strong sense of self to not take it personally.
What's something an emerging actor doesn't know about acting?
There's no such thing as "making it." The hard work never stops. Especially in Canada, you can go from being a leading actor on a national series one minute to auditioning for small roles in low-paying short films the next, and not work for two years afterwards.
Favorite hip hop tracks of all time?
Grandmaster Flash - "The Message"
Tribe Called Quest - "Check the Rhime"
Run Dmc - "It's Tricky"
Rob Base - "It Takes Two" (on my first mixed tape, & knew ALL the lyrics to - had to!)
Neneh Cherry - "Buffalo Stance" (yup)
Jay Z - "Hard Knock Life" & "99 Problems"
Common - "The Light"
Mos Def - "Umi Says" & "Ms. Fat Booty"
The Roots - "The Seed"
Lauryn Hill - "Doo Wop"
50 Cent - "In da Club" (can't help it)
Drake - "Over"
Maestro - "Let Your Backbone Slide" (Love to the 416 :)
Are you a dancer or head bopper?
Once a dancer, always a dancer. But don't dance NEARLY enough.
What would a soundtrack include on your biopic?
It's a bit yikes-y, but here it is:
I might call it: "From Timmins to Toronto, with a little Tokyo in Between"
"Dress You Up" (Madonna) - learning how to finally wear that first communion rosary
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (Culture Club) - my first crush
"Making Love out of Nothing at All (Air Supply)" (learning to sing)
"Jive Talkin" (Bee Gees) - watching Dance Fever, honing future moves
"Pour Some Sugar On Me" (Def Leppard) - driving in cars with boys
"Question of Lust" Depeche Mode
"Livin on a Prayer" (Bon Jovi) high school grad
"Crazy" (Seal) - minor obsession and final dance solo
"Still the One I Want (Shania Twain) - ode to my home girl
"Cannonball" (Breeders) - first year at York University, life in "Res" in '92
"The Message" (Grandmaster Flash) modelling (& partying) in Tokyo
"Finally" (Julie McKnight) representin a decade of house music anthems and throwing parties through the '90's)
"Cause=Time" (Broken Social Scene) one of many concert faves, and my alarm clock wake up tune for like 3 years
"Excuse me Miss" (Jay Z and Pharrel) first LA pilot season anthem
"One Love" (Bob Marley) where I'm at.
Not sure I would actually BUY his soundtrack, but it is what it is!
If you could go back and give your self advice before your first audition, what would it be?
"Imagine you've done this a thousand times, (which you will) Breathe into that, and Trust yourself."
What projects do you have coming up?
The werewolf series, "Bitten" on "Space Channel, playing "Diane McAdams."
Second season of "Cracked" on CBC playing "Detective Rachel Fenton." both air this fall, 2013.
And my first animated feature film, which I can't speak of yet!
You can find Natalie on: IMDb, twitter