Who is Natalie Martinez?
A model and actress with over 35 credits to her name, who is perhaps still known best for her role as Case in the 2008 movie “Death Race”, but also for her appearances in numerous music videos, Natalie Martinez was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on 12 July 1984, in Miami, Florida USA. She holds American nationality although she comes from a family of Cuban descent, and she presents herself as Latina, saying that Latina for her has a meaning of being a strong woman.
Early life and education
Natalie was raised in Miami by her parents, Nunez Odalys and Manuel Martinez, who aren’t well known, since Natalie prefers to keep their lives away from the media’s attention.
It’s known that her mother was her biggest support when it came to her modeling career – she was the one who saw an ad for Jenifer Lopez’s new clothing line, and thanks to her, Natalie auditioned.
At that time, she was in her senior year at Saint Brendan High School, and upon matriculating in 2002, and after she beat over 5,000 other girls for the gig, Natalie moved to Los Angeles, California.
Roles in movies
Although she began modeling at the age of 15, Natalie hadn’t dreamed about becoming an actress, however, she eventually started auditioning, making her big-screen debut in 2008, portraying Case in the action science-fiction thriller “Death Race”, also starring Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson and Joan Allen.
Three years later, Natalie portrayed Mari in “Magic City Memoirs”, and then in 2012 she was seen in “The Baytown Outlaws”, “End of Watch” and “Widow Detective” before her role as Natalie Barrow in “Broken City”, alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in 2013.
In 2015, Natalie appeared as Madeline in “Self/less”, followed by her role in the TV movie “Warrior” before parts in the 2016 movies “The Land” and “Message from the King”. In the following year, she was cast to play Nicole in “Keep Watching”, while her most recent movie role was her portrayal of Avery Castillo in the 2021 movie “Reminiscence”, a romantic science-fiction mystery, also starring Hugh Jackman, Thandiwe Newton and Rebecca Ferguson.
Roles in series
Natalie made her acting debut as Michelle Miller in the series “Fashion House” in 2006, followed by her role as Pilar Martin in “Saints & Sinners” in 2007, and then she was seen as Maria Martinez in the TV mini-series “El Dorado” in 2010.
In the same year, she was cast to play Detective Ariana Sanchez in “Detroit 1-8-7”, and then in 2012, Natalie had the recurring role as Detective Jamie Lovato in “CSI: NY”, and concurrently was seen as Linda Esquivel in “Under the Dome”.
In 2015, Natalie portrayed Jess Murphy in “Secrets and Lies”, and she also starred as Alicia Mendez in “Kingdom”, played guest roles in “American Dad” and “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” in 2016, and was next seen starring in “APB” in 2017, before in the following year guest-starring in “The Crossing”.
Natalie portrayed Chase in the TV mini-series “The I-Land” in 2019, and produced the seven episodes of the series.
The next year was cast as Allison Ferro in “The Fugitive”, before playing Amy Kindelan in “Ordinary Joe” in 2021.
Fans of Natalie will be happy to hear that she will be heard in the new Netflix animated movie “Wendell and Wild”, which is in post-production, and she is also a member of the cast for the new series entitled “Bad Monkey”, which is in post-production, but is yet to have a release date.
Love life and relationships
Natalie has been the subject of various rumors concerning her love life – some of them were saying that she’s in a relationship with a famous singer with whom she worked, however, she hasn’t spoken about these assumptions.
It’s known that she was in a relationship with American actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson, known for his role in the series “That ‘70s Show”, the two dated for almost a year back in 2004.
It was rumored that Natalie also dated fashion model and actor, Taylor Kinney, with whom she worked on the series “Fashion House”, however, the two neither confirmed nor denied the gossip.
As of March 2022, Natalie seems to be single, she hasn’t been married or engaged, and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts about Natalie
She has the moniker ‘Miami’s JLo’ (Jennifer Lopez), and is a spokesmodel for JLo.
Natalie loves eating meat, and once said: ‘I grew up eating meat, platanos, and arroz con pollo. I don’t believe in starving yourself, but sometimes I do cleanses and diets to prepare for a role.’
Her favorite car is a ’69 Barracuda.
When she was younger, she enjoyed playing outside, and liked baseball and kickball but she also liked playing video games on her Super Nintendo. One of her favorites was “Street Fighter”, as she said that it was the only game that she was good at.
In her spare time, Natalie goes hiking with her dog.
She works out three times per week, and on the other days does yoga.
In one of her interviews she said that one of her wishes is to become a mother, ‘I think childbirth is one of the most amazing things you could ever experience,’ she added.
Natalie is very selective about her roles – ‘I think it depends on the character, what she’s going through, what the script’s about, what the story tells – it’s a lot of little things. I’m not gonna lie: sometimes, the location’s very enticing’, she said in her interview for showbizjunkies.com.
Her Instagram account has been followed by over 320,000 people.
Age, height, and net worth
Natalie’s age is 37, with long brown hair and brown eyes; she weighs around 140lbs (64kgs) and is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall, with vital statistics of 34-25-36.
According to sources, thanks to her modeling and acting career, as of early 2022, Natalie’s net worth has been estimated at over $4 million.