If you’re like me and you hail from the Great White North, this young lady has been a part of your life for decades.
Even if you weren’t aware of her presence.
No, she’s not a stalker or the world’s most gorgeous ninja, she’s one of the most underrated actresses of any age. Natalie Brown has been in the background of some of the most significant moments of my life, all while on a television screen. Natalie – who doesn’t age and apparently isn’t an actual vampire – has more film and TV credits to her name than a really smart scholar but to millions she’ll always be this chick:
As far as introducing yourself to the public, that wasn’t a bad start was it?
Natalie hasn’t looked back since then. (She really should get her neck checked.) She’s carried shows. She’s played secretaries, detectives, ex-girlfriends of werewolves, fictional vampires, and everything under the sun and among the stars but she’s never shied away from making unforgettable commercials.
While it should be noted that I am a happily married man… Natalie is unbelievably-sexy and funny as hell in this commercial, isn’t she?
Needless to say, when my fellow bellmen realized Natalie was going to be today’s guest their reactions were… enthusiastic, to say the least.
“Seriously, Hook? She’s hotter than any hooker we’ve ever had in here!”
“She’s super hot! And she can really act!”
“The ketchup chick? I’ve had a crush on her for forever!”
“Who the hell’s Natalie Brown?”
We beat that last guy, obviously.
Natalie’s work on the exceptionally-written end-of-the-world/vampire drama, The Strain has been nothing short of exceptional. No spoilers, but as Kelly Goodweather, Natalie has found a role she can really sink her teeth into. (Yes, I’m guilty of extreme punnery.)
Time to get down to brass 5×5 tacks, right? As I told Natalie before she read these awesome queries: “Yes, these questions are more than a bit quirky, but the way I see it, an actor that’s been around as long as you have (but you look timeless!) must be bored to tears by the same old queries. Luckily, I’m here to “help”.
ONE) You’re one of the most recognized actors in our home and native land of Canada but has the rest of the world recognized your awesomeness?
I’m always surprised and amazed when I get fan mail from the U.S., Germany, and anywhere overseas. The reach that television has and the myriad ways we can now view it makes it possible for shows to resonate with audiences everywhere. My agency used to get messages in the middle of the night from Romania where apparently “Sophie” was a hit. 🙂
TWO) As a bellman I’m fascinated by all things related to travel; do you have any travel rituals, Natalie Brown? (Booking a room at the end of the hall, using an assumed name, being served by a one-armed bellman, etc.)
I don’t have any travel superstitions, but I do love a window seat. Not only to rest my head against, but also for the perspective that take off provides- the rush of the world speeding by at 100+ miles an hour, and the ensuing calm of watching the chaos slowly disappear. Any problems or “baggage” I may be carrying always seem to shrink in significance.
THREE) Above all, an actor has to be flexible in order to “sell” a character but has there ever been a role that made you go, “Yeah, right! I don’t think so! They can get Helene Joy!”
Whenever I’m up for a challenging role, my instinct is always to cast someone I know better suited to it, but these are always the opportunities for the most growth. If it doesn’t terrify me at least a little, than it’s not worth doing.
(Magnificent answer, no?)
FOUR) If you could be any houseplant, what would you be and why?
Not sure if it counts as a house plant, but I’d be rosemary in an indoor herb garden- hardy, fragrant, spicy, delicious and capable of surviving the winter!
(Nice! Do you see why Canadians love this chick?)
FIVE) If you could go back in time and star in any film, what would you choose?
(I have to be honest… I can see that. Bet Natalie would’ve killed that role.)
If you’re not a fan of Natalie Brown by now… you’ve most likely suffered a head injury. Or you’re suffering from hysterical blindness. Either way, you’re pretty much screwed and need to seek medical attention immediately, because she’s delightful, people.
My thanks to Natalie – and all of you, of course – for being here today. You’re all good eggs. One final thought: celebrities are ridiculously-busy and they certainly don’t need to make time for fans with super-small blogs with even smaller audiences.
But Natalie Brown is no ordinary celebrity.
Thanks again, Natalie. You’re a helluva gal.
See you in the lobby, kids…