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.
Natalie's father is Spanish/Filipino and her mother is English/German.
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.
Natalie: I went out to Nashville for a few weeks during filming to do some recording, and ended up writing a song for Vanessa Williams while I was there.