Natalie Mendoza

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Juno Kaplan on The Descent: Part 2

Born:

8/12/1978, Hong Kong

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  • Natalie Jackson Mendoza was born in Hong Kong on August 12, 1978. She is the daughter of Noel Mendoza, a jazz pianist, and Robin Jackson, a televison personality. She has a sister, Rebecca Jackson Mendoza. Natalie began acting at age 15 when she won a role in the musical Cats. She later appeared in productions of Miss Saigon, Charity and Les Miserables. In 2006, she earned a role on the British series Hotel Babylon. Until 2001, Natalie was engaged to singer David Campbell. Later, she dated actor Joseph Fiennes. In April, 2006, she married music producer Eliot Kennedy.

    Birth Name:

    Natalie Jackson Mendoza

    Gender:

    Female

    Birth Place:

    Hong Kong

    Also Known As

    Natalie Jackson Mendoza

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    • Natalie: I have dabbled in a bit of design for a street label called Voodoo Dolls, and became the face of the label for a while in Asia and Australia, and they asked me to design my own line for their surf label - which was quite a few years ago now.

    • Natalie: I only learnt rock-climbing whilst I was on the set and I found it quite addictive because you have to be present in that moment and focus completely on each movement, reach out and grab, otherwise you will fall. Until I did that training, I didn't realize how many thoughts are constantly pouring through your head, and you can become really quite unfocused in normal day-to-day life. It's almost like an active meditation, which is really difficult, but I love it.

    • Natalie: My sister is a regular performer and actually lives in Nashville, so I just fell in love with the place. I always thought it was a city solely for country music, but realised very quickly that all the best musicians are there and they can play everything. It's an incredibly inspiring place to be and I want to buy a home out there -- we are looking at that already. The people out there are amazing. They have retained their heart and haven't succumbed to capitalism -- you really feel that southern warmth the minute you step off the plane.

    • Natalie: Personally, I'm a bit of a chameleon when it comes to fashion -- I mix Prada with something vintage I might pick up from Portobello market. But I really have to think about it now for my music, what with image being so important.

    • Natalie: It seems that I have always been singing and acting and I see them both as equally important to me. I trained at The Old Vic but music has been in the house from when I was young, so it's in my blood. It's great that I can do both and I am really excited about where my career will go from here.

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    • Natalie learned rock climbing to prepare for a role in the film The Descent.

    • Natalie's skills include acting, ballet, martial arts, classical piano playing, rock climbing, singing and yoga.

    • She played one of the Diamond Dogs, China Doll, in the 2001 film "Moulin Rouge!".

    • Natalie took acting classes at the Bristol Old Vic.

    • Natalie is the sister of Rebecca Jackson Mendoza. In 1998, Natalie and Rebecca formed the Australian pop band Jackson Mendoza. They had such hits as 'Ordinary Girl' and 'Venus Or Mars'. They disbanded in 2000.

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