Nathalie Kelley

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Nathalie Kelley
Born (1985-03-03) 3 March 1985 (age 29)
Lima, Peru
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Nathalie Kelley (born 3 March 1985) is a Peruvian-born Australian actress. She is best known for her roles in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Body of Proof.

Early life[edit]

Nathalie Kelley was born in Lima, Peru to a Peruvian mother and Argentine father. She moved to Sydney, and dreamed about being an actress when she was 13 years old. She attended North Sydney Girls High School on Sydney's North Shore. When she was 16 she became a salsa dancer, which helped her get the money to finish her education. The "Miss Latin America competition" also earned her a much-needed $1,000, before she took a year off and went to Brazil. The things Kelley saw there prompted her to shun show business and come home to launch herself into a social science degree at the University of New South Wales. She volunteered with Indigenous Australian youth in the inner-city suburb of Redfern before moving to Los Angeles and eventually becoming a film actress.

Career[edit]

In 2005, Charmed executive producers Brad Kern, Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent developed a one-hour pilot for The WB titled Mermaid.[1] Kelley was cast as the series protagonist Nikki, a mermaid who is rescued by a young man when she washes ashore in Miami. The pilot was not picked up as a result of The WB and UPN merging into The CW; the resulting network passed on the show.[2] Kelley has since appeared on both Lone Star and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2010, Kelley played the love interest in the music video for the Bruno Mars song "Just the Way You Are".

In June 2006, Kelley received her breakout role in the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the third installment of the Fast and the Furious. Kelley played the role of an Australian schoolgirl attending a Japanese high school. The film was released to largely mixed reviews and made over $158 million worldwide. In March 2008, Kelley appeared in the low-budget drama crime film Loaded alongside Jesse Metcalfe. In March 2011, Kelley had a small bit role in the retro comedy film Take Me Home Tonight, which starred Topher Grace, Anna Faris and fellow Australian Teresa Palmer. The film was shot in Los Angeles in 2007 but its release was delayed by Universal Pictures for unknown reasons. The following month, Kelley appeared as the protagonist in the low-budget horror film Urban Explorer, which follows a group of four urban explorers who explore an underground world beneath metropolitan Berlin. The film received favorable reviews from critics.[citation needed]

In August 2011, Kelley signed on in a major recurring role in the second season of the ABC crime drama television series Body of Proof. Kelley appeared in ten episodes and made her final appearance in the episode "Going Viral Part One".[3] In 2014 she has won regular role in the Lifetime series Un-Real.[4]

In 2012, she played a vampire princess in the video clip "Luna Llena" from Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Baby Rasta & Gringo.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Neela
2008 Loaded April
2011 Urban Explorer Lucia
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Beth
2013 Infiltrators Gin Cross
2015 Fast & Furious 7 Neela Reprising Role

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Mermaid Nikki Television pilot
2010 Lone Star Sofia 1 episode
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Monica Gimble 1 episode
2011–2012 Body of Proof Dani Alverez season 2, 10 episodes
2014 Un-Real Grace Series regular

Music Videos[edit]

2012 Baby Rasta y Gringo Luna Llena Love Interest
2010 Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" Love interest

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