To kick this off, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us
unfortunate enough not to know you?
was born in Kiev, Ukraine. My parents were not very fortunate. I remember
in a tiny apartment, I would have to travel to school in a public bus and
all the cold winters. All I could think about was that one day, I will
somehow jump to
my small television, I would become a part of these amazing places,
and stories. At age six, I got admitted to the Ukrainian Dance Academy,
studied ballet, folk and tap dance. I travelled all around the world and
to the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. After Moscow, I traveled to London
joined The Royal Ballet School. I also trained at the Rambert Ballet and
Dance Company, and became a part of PineApple Studios where I
all sorts of dancing like hip-hop, Spanish flamenco, salsa even break
my unfortunate injury, I could finally follow my childhood dream of
an actress. I got admitted to and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater
American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and even the Actorís Studio in West
Iíve learned from some of the greatest living actors and teachers that
and prepared me for success in the film business.
Natalie with Mel Gibson
First of all, we
probably have to talk about your involvement in Expandables 3 - so
what can you tell us about the film, your character and the shoot as such,
and how did you get involved with the project in the first place?
see myself as a versatile actress, who is great in action. Having a ballet
me easily transition into the world of martial arts. I love training new
my body discipline, and approach my work from a healthy point of view.
Being a part
of Expendables 3 was an amazing achievement and I consider myself very
lucky to work
with such talents and legends in my industry. Even if I was given a small
still worth it. I got the part after several planes and cars taking me to
Bulgaria on my
off during my shoot of The Killer Mermaid/Nymph. I had to do the long trip
before I finally got approved for the small part where I played Mel
Gibson's wife. My
character's name was Christina, which was given to me on the set. It was a
true to see my name on the trailer door during the filming in Bulgaria in
Stallone's and Mel Gibson's. When I got on set, I wasn't nervous until I
how big the crew and the whole filming production was. During the shooting
scene I was coming down the stairs where I finally realized that my dream
a Hollywood actress had finally started its path. I was nervous and
I saw Mel Gibson coming up towards me, It's that moment that made me get
lost in the
scene during that particular minute, and I realized it's that time that the
in the moment.Ē Mel Gibson was a great help to me on set, helping me
the scene and create the reality necessary for the shoot. He helped me
important in the scene: knowing exactly who you are and why you are there.
the shoot began, Mel Gibson and Patrick Hughes the director developed our
made it longer than what was originally. We had a great little moment
presented these two characters in a way that you knew exactly who they
the full scene didn't make the final cut and all that's left are my
my life lesson to where I had a great opportunity to work and share a
with the great legend, Mel Gibson.
very recent movie of yours is Nymph/Killer Mermaid - a few
words about that one, and to what extent can you identify with the film's
like to feel adrenaline in certain ways in my life, one comes from
watching or creating films.
Nevertheless still the most important thing for me is safety. That being
said, there are
things that are intriguing to me and get my adrenaline going like being a
part of a fun horror
movie. I like the moments created on set with the fake blood, staged
fights, and challenges
that I'm being faced in order to become a better actress. It's kind of
pretend as kids, except this time you get paid for it. Horror films are
drama, in drama where you create or relive emotions that are true to you.
In horror films,
they are so unreal that you just have to enjoy the scenes and believe in
them to the fullest.
So the more you believe in your situation and your performance the more
will enjoy it. The fake blood, fog machine, and the creepy writing is just
part of creating the tension. The real performance and the challenge comes
an actress creates the whole story and acts it out with real horror. The
the more successful it will be.
A Perfect Vacation - what can you
tell us about that one?
Perfect Vacation is now titled Awaken. I came across a news article once
about a boy in
China who woke up on the street and realized his eyes were taken. Nobody
knew how or
why it had happened, but it did. Once I saw the article, I knew I had to
that would somehow resonate truth. There's at least two million people on
go missing every year. Some of those people never get found and get
loved ones. So I decided to write a script that had a true heart with a
and strength. I was hoping that it would bring some awareness out there
this particular problem of "black market" and the lengths these
traffickers go to get
these human body parts. Which in truth they will stop at nothing.
Any other recent or future
movies of yours you'd like to talk about?
been in several projects lately. The recent film I finished shooting is
The movie is about a convict that gets implanted with the memories and
of a spy. The film keeps asking how far do you go to accomplish your
which point does justice simply become revenge? The film stars Tommy Lee
Reynolds, Gary Oldman, and Kevin Costner. I play an assistent to Jordi
Shoo Shoo. Criminal gets released in August of 2015. The other film Iíve
acted in is called The Second Coming of Christ. I play a reporter named
watched the world melt down with a global crisis. My company 7Heaven
and I produced this project. One of the other films Iím producing is
Hope. The movie follows a police detective named Frank as he investigates
drug syndicate. Frank and my character Divinity, explore a city full of
violence, and sorcery. The film will start principal photography next
film Iím producing is Addicts. This project is a wonderful character
piece about these
self destructive but highly-successful people who are attacked by their
The film starts production sometime in 2015.
Before you got
into acting, you made a name of yourself as a dancer and choreographer -
so what can you tell us about that aspect of your career?
childhood, even before I knew how to choreograph or dance professionally,
put together shows on special occasions outside of my grandma's house.
this even included complete strangers that I d pick from just meeting
always knew I was a performer, and a true artist gives themselves
completely to the audience.
That artist doesn't hold back and when it's real, the audience lives
through our storytelling.
I like to make people smile and I hope with my choreography and dance I
help them lose track of time while enjoying the shows. That's why I became
I wanted to give back what has been inside me since birth. It's an energy
out into the world and feeds the people with different emotions. My
always been on strong topics, something that might make people ponder and
long after my shows. My latest choreography, which I wrote, composed, and
is a full ballet called Stella. It was created to support the environment,
people with the truth about how often we are our own worst enemy, that
determine how we treat nature and the people around us is often
got you into acting eventually, and what can you tell us about your
education on the subject?
wasn't the best student at high school. In my academic classrooms, I would
often get bored, did not like to stand out and most times sit in the back. One time, I was put
my classmates and told to read one of Pushkinís stories. I knew my
reading would be
and monotone, and I could feel the other students getting tired. It was
the first time I followed
my instincts and started adding gestures to my read. My classmates quickly
reacting to my performance with support and laughter. After I was done, I
that I had acted out the entire play and I had enjoyed it greatly. From
then on, I
that one day I would become an actress. After I got injured, I finally
decided to follow
my dream and move to Los Angeles to become an actress. I filled these
of living in LA with education, understanding, and learning the craft of
to as many schools as I could, because in my understanding education is
the key to
Can you still remember your
first time in front of a movie camera, and what was that experience like?
first experience was when my mom was filming me doing my dance
all sorts of ďinterestingĒ acts. I've always enjoyed the spotlight and
front of the camera. My first experience on a movie set was with one of my
teachers, Sally Kirkland. Sally took me on her shoot and put me in the
in her movie called Coffee Date. The whole time I was sitting there,
to drink coffee, from that moment on I knew I wanted nothing more but to
an actress and have the camera follow my closeups. I wanted to become what
lead actors were, interesting, strong and powerful who can carry the whole
of your career highlights?
grew up in London and one of my favorite things to do was to go and hang
out at Leister
Square. Me and my brother would often sneak into the theaters and watch as
movies in a row as we could handle. On the way to the theater, we would
pass by these
large premieres with huge movie stars on the red carpet. There were so
outside the theater, I could never even get a glimpse of them. My biggest
to one day walk the carpet on that same street and be a part of that
magnified group of
actors. Partially, my dream came true this year where I attended the
on that very same street I walked so many times with my brother. That
was definitely the highlight of my path, I had walked the red carpet with
legends in the movie world and I was lucky enough to be a part of that
Of late, you have also tried
your hands on producing. So what can you tell us about yourself as a
producer, some of the films you've produced, and about your production
company 7Heaven Productions and the philosophy behind it?
an actress in Hollywood is the toughest, most challenging thing that I've
It's not the work that scares me but the competition. In order to get
myself more seen,
I decided to create my own content and showcase my acting talents. These movies
would allow me to play parts that I donít usually get cast in but I can
see myself doing
in the future. So I opened my company, 7Heaven Productions. The name came after
I realized what I wanted my movies to demonstrate. It's very important for
me to make
films with strong meanings and true aspects of life. My main desire is for
to watch my films and to feel as if they just fell from the 7th cloud.
So, I wanted
to capture the freedom, the truth, and the feeling of outer space.
Thatís what I intend
for my work, to resonate something different with my audience each time
it. There are several films that Iím working on with my company.
Devilís Hope, one
these films, a story about a disturbing New Orleans criminal enterprise
that sells a
designer drug. This new drug makes people crazy and perform all kinds of
upon people. This policeman detective Frank, goes undercover to find the
kingpin and shoot that person down for good. Frank needs help from my
Divinity, an enigmatic Gypsy with her own strong moral code, to solve the
Addicts is the other film, a story about a party of high successful people
in a house with an evil phantom. The apparition starts tearing down these
exposing and exploiting their very human weaknesses. Iím very excited
about both of
these properties and I canít wait to showcase them soon.
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
been taught by some of the best teachers in the world who had thought me a
ways of how to approach the scene. Some of these methods are the Method,
Stanislavsky, and Meisner. So what I've learned so far is that each human
and each human body is like a unique instrument. Once in a while, it needs
and fixing. Everybody's approach is different, so I've learned not to get
the idea of what is acting. These parts are always changing and
innovating. Just as I
am growing and evolving as a woman, I'm also evolving and growing as an
Actresses (or indeed
actors) who inspire you?
get inspired by Judy Dench, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren. I like actresses
who to this
are considered the top stars, who's films will live forever. It's their
work that inspires
to study harder and learn to challenge myself and to create something that
Your favourite movies?
like movies that inspire me and make me want to create something of my
own. A film
can bring different emotions in people and inspire them to be better
that I remember that made me go into acting are Gone With The Wind,
and A Streetcar Named Desire. I like films that end with hope where you
your own endings. Movies that make you think several days after you
watched the film
and push you to want to watch it again. Those are the kinds of movies I
want to be involved
with, whether it's producing or starring in.
and of course, films you really deplore?
I am an artist, that means there are things that I like and I don't, I have
my own opinion like
others and films that I like and I like less. Like any artist, I cannot
judge what works or
doesn't. Some people will like it and some people won't. Being an actress,
to films and even if they're not hitting my expectations, I always find the
positives and learn
from their mistakes. The movies I dislike could be something somebody else
Plus, if I don't see bad films, I don't know how great the good ones are.
from a producer's point of view, I know how hard it is to make a movie, so I
their efforts to finish their projects and actual find a way to put them
out there. A
film, like a clothing or a piece of art, will either be enjoyed by a
person or it won't. For me,
any movie is worth learning from. It's my way of growing as an artist.
Facebook, whatever else?
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can also follow
me on Twitter, @natalieburn01.
usually live-tweeting all my events there, so
a great way to keep in touch with me. Finally, you can follow me on
the profile Natalie_Burn.
always sharing interesting and experimental photos so please
follow me to see my creative side and my achievements at work.
Anything else you are dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
just want to thank my fans and the audience for supporting my career and
helping me grow in this industry.