Playing complicated and self-assured women was Natalie Zea's ticket to stardom. Since launching her career as a spoiled socialite on the soap opera "Passions" (NBC, 1999-2008), Zea continued to impres...
Harris County, Texas, USA
|Californication||2013 2006 - 2013||Actor||Carrie||20137|
|Franklin & Bash||2014 2009 - 2014||Actor||Isabella||20147|
|Under the Dome||2013 2011 - 2013||Actor||Maxine||20137|
|The Defenders||2010 2009 - 2010||Actor||Meredith Cramer||20107|
|Royal Pains||2014 2007 - 2014||Actor||n/a||20147|
|Two and a Half Men||2013 2002 - 2013||Actor||Colleen||20137|
|Medium||2010 2003 - 2010||Actor||Sophie Cullen||20107|
|The Shield||2008 2000 - 2008||Actor||Lauren Riley||20087|
|Dirty Sexy Money||2008 2006 - 2008||Actor||Karen Darling||20087|
|Law & Order: LA||2010 2009 - 2010||Actor||n/a||20107|
|The Following||2014 2011 - 2014||Actor||Claire||20147|
|Eyes||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Trish Agermeyer||20047|
|Kiss and Tell||1998||Actor||n/a||19987|
|Freddie||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||Sally||20057|
|The Other Guys||2010||Actor||Christinith||20107|
|Just Legal||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||n/a||20057|
|MDs||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||Young Woman||20027|
|Macbeth in Manhattan||1998||Actor||First Witch||19987|
|Macbeth in Manhattan||1998||Actor||Samantha||19987|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||2013 1999 - 2013||Actor||Needra Fenway||20137|
|D.C.||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Saleswoman||19997|
|Passions||Actor||(2nd actor in role) (from 11/15/00)||7|
|Cast as series regular on short-lived ABC drama "Eyes"|
|Cast as Raylan's ex-wife Winona Hawkins on FX's "Justified"|
|Made feature film debut in "Macbeth in Manhattan"|
|Cast in role of Gwen Hotchkiss on NBC daytime soap "Passions"|
|Played socialite Karen Darling on ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money"|
|Played the ex-wife of an escaped serial killer (James Purefoy) on Fox drama thriller "The Following"|
|Played role of Lana Tisdel in Kimberly Peirce's short film "Boys Don't Cry"; also had uncredited cameo in 1999 film|
|Cast in recurring role of Jemma on HBO series "Hung"|
|Landed recurring role on FX's "The Shield," playing a love interest to Michael Chiklis' Vic Mackey|
Natalie Zea was born on March 17, 1975 in Harris County, TX. She aspired to be an actress at an early age, and began performing in school productions at Monahans High School. She had to put a stop to her acting dreams, however, when a drunk driver hit her as she walked home from a party. The accident left the then-17-year-old with a broken nose, pelvis, and leg. After she recovered, Zea moved to New York City to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Shortly after graduating from college, Zea launched her acting career with small parts in the short film "Boys Don't Cry" (1995) and its Hollywood version released in 1999, starring Hilary Swank as a transgender teen who is murdered after people discovered his real sexual identity.
In 2000, Zea landed her first big break after joining the cast of the soap opera "Passions," as Gwen Hotchkiss, a socialite involved in a love triangle with lawyer Ethan Crane (Eric Martsolf) and her friend Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald (Lindsay Hartley). After two years on "Passions," Zea continued to make inroads on television with guest starring roles on popular dramas like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-09), as well as a series regular role on FX's crime thriller "The Shield," where she played the brief love interest of series lead Michael Chiklis' Vic Mackey, an LAPD detective who enforces his own brand of justice through breaking any laws he deems a roadblock.
Zea kept building career momentum with a starring role on the drama series "Dirty Sexy Money" (ABC, 2007-09) about the Darlings, one of New York City's most powerful families, and their reluctant lawyer Nick George (Peter Krause). She played Karen Darling, a socialite who had been married three times and had an affair with their family lawyer. Zea was pitch-perfect as a predatory vamp, and often stole scenes from the show's more seasoned actors, including Donald Sutherland. After the series ended, Zea kept up her TV guest appearances on shows such as "Hung" (HBO, 2009-2011) and "Law & Order: LA" (NBC, 2010- ), where she played a high-powered defense lawyer, and on Showtime's comedy-drama series "Californication," as one of the many love interests of David Duchovny's Hank Moody.
Her steamy scenes on "Californication" helped shape a sexier image and landed Zea a spot on Maxim's Hot 100 list in 2008. In 2010, Zea guest starred on the action drama "Justified," based on Elmore Leonard's novels Pronto (1993) and Riding the Rap (1995). She played the ex-wife of Timothy Olyphant's character, Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshall with unconventional methods of enforcing the law. After a few guest stints on the show's first season, Zea was promoted to a series regular. Her character evolved from being the woman who left Givens for a realtor, to being drawn back into Givens' world while struggling to make her current relationship work.
By Candy Cuenco
|Travis Schuldt||Companion||Met while co-starring on "Passions" (NBC); Lived together|
|Monahans High School|
|The American Musical and Dramatic Academy|
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