Australian actress Nathalie Kelley was born in Lima, Peru in 1985. Nathalie was raised in Syndey, Australia. Nathalie has been an aspiring actor since the age of 13. She went to the same high school as Nicole Kidman. The talented actress made her film debut as the character…more
Nathalie drives a 2000 VW Jetta.
Nathalie's favourite book is The War at the end of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa.
Nathalie runs on the beach as a form of exercise.
Nathalie is 5' 7" tall.
In 2006, she was in a commercial for Schick Quatro razors.
As of 2006, she is currently living in California to continue her acting career.
She participated in the New South Wales Drama Festival.
Nathalie was classmates with actress Thea Gumbert (Mary Hegarty in the movie Ned Kelly)
As of 2006, Nathalie has a three-picture deal with Universal.
She was trying to decide whether to continue her education or try to become an actor. She decided to try to act and eventually landed a starring role in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
When she started the filming of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Nathalie had just obtained her driver's license. She had only driven automatic vehicles before the movie which made for a steep learning curve with the advanced art of drifting.
At the age of 16, Nathalie became a salsa dancer. She used the money she earned to finish her education.
Nathalie worked with volunteer groups in the poorer areas of Sydney, specifically assisting with poor Aborigines in Redfern.
She was a university student in Sydney, Australia.
She was cast as the lead character in a pilot for the WB network called Mermaid but the show was never picked up.
She went to the same high school as Nicole Kidman. The school is named the North Sydney Girls High School which is located in Sydney, Australia.
She left Australia in 2005 to come to the United States to pursue her acting career.
Nathalie was raised in Sydney, Australia.
She plays the character Neela in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Nathalie: (the craziest thing she's ever done for love) When I was 18 years old and I'd finished school I went to Brazil for 7 months to work with street kids, but also because there was a boy I was in love with who lived there. That was pretty crazy. Apart from that I've got a good head on my shoulders. I let the boys do the crazy things for me. [laughs] I'm not about to do crazy things for them.
Nathalie: (how she pampers herself) I'm an Australian, I walk around barefoot, I don't do my hair unless it's an event [laughs]. I'm so low-key that it's been something that I've had to teach myself to do, to take care of myself and get my nails done here. In Australia I volunteer with kids and it wasn't a clean environment always and I spent a lot of time on the streets with them. What good is it if I had my hair and nails done? Now I'm in a different environment so I have to take care of myself. I pamper myself by going to the nail salon, but I get so impatient because it seems so pointless because I know I will ruin it in one day! [laughs] It's too much waiting. They need to invent quick-drying nail polish.
Nathalie: Being in Tokyo was closer to home than living in L.A., but I guess just in general Australian people are chatty and open and in Japan it was hard for me to communicate with people because the majority of the people there don't speak any English at all. It's very cosmopolitan city, and you'd imagine everybody speaks English so it's very deceiving. Apart from that it was exciting to film in Japan and I didn't miss home too much.
Nathalie: (the most complicated scene in "Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift") The scene in the garage when Lucas and D.K. were exchanging words and I was there having to deal with both those guys; acting up against and with both of them. The more people are in the scene it changes the dynamics of it, and it was early in the shoot. It was more interesting than complicated, I guess.
Nathalie: (her favourite scene in "Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift") Definitely the last scene where I get to start the race. I always wanted to do that (laughs) ever since I watched Grease when I was a little girl. I had to work myself up and talk myself into doing that because that part of my character isn't really me. I had all these extras watching me and it was kind of a tough job, but it was exciting to see it at the end. To finish the movie like that was awesome.
Nathalie: (on what she learned while filming her first film, "Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift") It was intimidating at first to have this big film and I'm a big fan of Michelle Rodriguez, Eva Mendes and Jordana Brewster, I had huge shoes to fill, I'm just a girl from Australia. This is something that is going to get so much exposure that you don't want to mess it up. I kind of had to learn it on the spot because they threw me right into it. But at the same time to have a big studio like Universal behind me and people like Justin believing in me is a real confidence booster. I feel like I pulled off this big multi-million dollar action film. I never imagined myself doing this kind of thing so this has opened my mind to other things now.
Nathalie: (on how her driving style has changed since she moved to Los Angeles) I'm officially more crazy on the road now so if you are in Los Angeles look out because I am right behind you! [laughs] Drifting isn't something you can translate onto an L.A. freeway, that's pulling around corners but I have more confidence behind the wheel. I have to because if anybody sees me drive and recognize me from the film I better do a good job. I have to keep up the illusion.
Nathalie: I would love to do a Latin American film. I have to brush up on my Spanish. I would love to do a historical piece set in Cuba or Peru. I'm sad that Benicio del Toro already finished his Che Guevara film already because I would have loved to play his girlfriend. [laughs] I'd like to go back to my roots, so something in South America would be a dream role for me.
Nathalie: I wasn't like Eva Mendez or anything, someone super-sexy like that, I was just going to be this young schoolgirl. It was brave. I couldn't believe it.
Nathalie: I'd wanted to be an actor since I was 12 years old – I'd done programs, I'd always done it in school - it's just something I always wanted to do, and I knew I had to go out there and get noticed. It wouldn't come to me.
Nathalie: (on movie offers) I have to hold out for the stuff I want to do. I've got to stick in there, and not just jump onboard the next thing that is offered to me.