Natalie Zea is an American actress probably best known for her roles on “The Following” and “Justified,” though she has also appeared on the soap “Passions” and “Dirty Sexy Money,” as well as “The Shield” and “Hung.”
She’s been tapped to star in the Amazon comedy pilot “The Outlaws,” where she’ll play the wife of a pro-football team owner who now needs help to run the flailing organization after her husband dies.
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She wrote on Twitter: “Original Gangster. (I love kitty katz. I also play ex-wives on JUSTIFIED and THE FOLLOWING.)” Though born in Houston, Natalie Zea was raised in Monahan, Texas. She graduated from high school in 1993 and then received a BFA from The American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York.
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She said, “I’ve been so fortunate. When I started, I had a really hard time getting work…there was the WB. My age was perfect for it, but I just never came across as a youngster. I had to grow into my age in order to start working, and by the time I did, it was when things started to get good.”
As for her career, Natalie Zea said, “I think, especially when you’re on TV, once you become associated with one genre or the other, it’s near impossible to break into the other one, even if you have experience with both…I’m not a one-trick pony.”
As for the quality of writing she sees, she said, “I think television scripts have become really intriguing and well-done. And writers have stopped drawing any actual line between film and television they used to never cross.”
As of 2013, Natalie Zea got engaged to her former co-star from “Passions,” Travis Schuldt. They have been a couple for 10 years. She said, “He wanted to make sure he gave the car a thorough test drive before he bought it.”
Natalie caught herself watching “The Other Guys” at home, and she said, “I happened to catch myself, which is always such a strange and surreal experience – when you’re flipping channels and you see yourself staring back at you unexpectedly.”
Natalie Zea resides in Los Angeles.