Natalie Zea

Natalie Zea

Natalie Zea(born March 17, 1975) is an American actress, known for her performances on television. Zea began her acting career in theatre. Her first major role was on the NBC daytime soap operaPassions(2000–2002), where she played the role of Gwen Hotchkiss . Her breakout role was on the ABC primetime soap operaDirty Sexy Moneyas socialite Karen Darling , where she starred from 2007 to 2009. Zea also has made many guest appearances on television, starred in the number of independent and made for television movies, and had the recurring roles inThe Shield,HungandCalifornication.In 2010, Zea began starring as Winona Hawkins in the FX critically acclaimed crime drama series,Justifiedas regular cast member during the first three seasons and recurring guest star later. In 2013 she also began starring as Claire Matthews in the Fox seriesThe Following. Zea also starred as Mickey Holmes-Harris, the lead character, in the canceled before airing ABC comedy-drama series,Members Only, and in 2016 set to star in the TBS comedyThe Detour.

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 Natalie Zea's Early life

Boys Don't Cry. In 1999 feature film version ofBoys Don't Crythe role was played by Chloë Sevigny .She also appeared in many national commercials for companies such as Dove , Snickers and Hellman's Salad Dressing.

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 Natalie Zea's Career


.She made her feature debut in the Shakespeare-themed independent dramaMacbeth in Manhattanin 1999. In the following year, Zea made her television debut in an episode of short-lived The WB drama series,D.C.. Later in that year she was cast as Gwen Hotchkiss Winthrop , a businesswoman and socialite, and the member of the wealthy Hotchkiss family , in the NBC daytime soap operaPassions. She appeared in soap on the regular basic from November 15, 2000 to October 3, 2002. On her leaving, Zea said "I have decided not to renew my contract withPassions. Although I enjoyed my experience, and learned quite a bit, especially initially, I know that the best thing for my career, and my craft, is to pursue new challenges. So after some deliberation, an amicable parting of ways seemed to be the best decision".Zea is the second actress who played the role of Gwen. Susan Lucci 's daughter Liza Huber played the role from July 5, 1999 to November 8, 2000, and again, after Zea left from show.

. She played the role of Lauren Riley, a love interest of Michael Chiklis ' character Vic Mackey . In the following year, Zea has won her first series regular role on primetime television, on the ABC drama series,Eyesopposite Tim Daly . The series was canceled after a single season. Her next major role was on the ABC primetime soap opera/comedy-dramaDirty Sexy Moneyopposite Jill Clayburgh , Donald Sutherland and Peter Krause . Zea played spoiled socialite Karen Darling. The soap aired from 2007 to 2009, and was canceled after two seasons.In 2009, she had a recurring role during the first season of the HBO comedy seriesHung.She also had many guest-starring roles, onCSI: Crime Scene Investigation,Two and a Half Men,Without a Trace,Medium,Franklin & Bash, andPerson of Interest.


Californicationas a new love interest for David Duchovny ' character.In film, Zea had supporting role in the 2010 comedyThe Other Guys.As lead actress, she co-starred alongside Sean Patrick Flanery in the 2011 independent thrillerInSight, and in the Lifetime movieBurden of Evil(2012).

The pilot premiered in February 2014, but not was picked up to series.Later in that year, Zea was cast in two independent films:Too Latein the female lead role opposite John Hawkes , andThe Grey Ladyas lead character.

Members Onlywas cancelled by ABC before premiere .On December 2, 2014, Zea was cast as lead opposite Jason Jones in the TBS vacation comedyThe Detour.

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 Natalie Zea's Personal life

In October, 2015, Zea gave birth to a daughter.

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 Natalie Zea's Filmography


1995 Boys Don't Cry Lana Tisdel Short film
1999 Macbeth in Manhattan Samantha / First Witch
1999 Lucid Days in Hell Naomi
2008 From a Place of Darkness Brenda
2010 The Other Guys Christinith
2011 InSight Kaitlyn
2011 Method Actress Short film
2012 Burden of Evil Caitlyn Conner Television film
2013 Sweet Talk Delilah
2015 The Grey Lady Melissa Reynolds
2015 Too Late


2000 D.C. Small role Episode: "Blame"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Needra Fenway Episode: "Gentle, Gentle"
2002 MDs Ghost Episode: "R.I.P."
2000–2002 Passions Gwen Hotchkiss Winthrop Series regular
2004 The Shield Lauren Riley Recurring role, 5 episodes
2005 Two and a Half Men Colleen Episode: "We Called It Mr. Pinky"
2005 Eyes Trish Agermeyer Series regular, 12 episodes
2006 Freddie Sally Episode: "Freddie and the Hot Mom"
2006 Without a Trace Jennifer Nichols Episode: "Crossroads"
2006 Just Legal Episode: "The Rainmaker"
2007–2009 Dirty Sexy Money Karen Darling Series regular, 23 episodes
2009 Hung Jemma Recurring role, 4 episodes
2009 Medium Sophie Cullen Episode: "Deja Vu All Over Again"
2010 The Defenders ADA Meredith Kramer Recurring role, 3 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Los Angeles Sarah Goodwin Episode: "Hondo Field"
2011 Franklin & Bash Isabella Kaplowitz Episode: "She Came Upstairs to Kill Me"
2011 Royal Pains Judy Windland Episode: "Traffic"
2011 Person of Interest Diane Hanson Episode: "Pilot"
2012–2013 Californication Carrie Recurring role, 4 episodes
2010–2015 Justified Winona Hawkins Series regular (seasons 1-3); Recurring guest star (seasons 4-6), 44 episodes
2013–2014 The Following Claire Matthews Series regular (season 1); Recurring guest star (season 2), 23 episodes
2013 Under the Dome Maxine Seagrave Recurring role, 3 episodes
2014 The Rebels Julie Levine TV pilot
2014 Members Only Mickey Holmes-Harris Series regular
2016 The Detour Robin Series regular

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 Natalie Zea's References

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  2. "Natalie Zea". Soap Central. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  3. Dan J Kroll (June 26, 2002). "Zea Opts Out As Passions' Gwen". Soap Central. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  4. "Dirty Sexy Money: Underwood Believes the ABC TV Show is Over". TV Series Finale. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  5. "Natalie Zea adds some dirty, sexy money to Hung". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  6. Matt Webb Mitovich (2012-04-03). "Natalie Zea on Justified Season 3 Contract Status". TVLine. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  7. Nellie Andreeva (June 23, 2011). "Natalie Zea Closes Deal To Continue On 'Justified', Books Arc On 'Californication'". Deadline. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  8. Bruce Fretts. "Cheers & Jeers: Justified, My Love". TV Guide. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  9. Ford, Allan (2010-08-06). "The Other Guys Review". FilmoFilia. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  10. "'InSight,' Directed by Richard Gabai — Review". The New York Times. September 1, 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  11. ""Burden of Evil" Preview". Lifetime. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  12. "Keck's Exclusives: The Following's Natalie Zea Going Under the Dome". 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  13. Andreeva, Nellie. "Natalie Zea Toplines Amazon Pilot 'Outlaws', Peter Jacobson To Co-Star In Lifetime's 'HR'". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  14. Todd VanDerWerff (March 11, 2014). "Amazon picks up four series, disappointing Natalie Zea once again". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  15. Borys Kit (April 5, 2012). "Oscar Nominee John Hawkes to Star in Indie Thriller 'Too Late'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  16. Jen Yamato (April 28, 2014). "Natalie Zea Set For Indie Thriller ‘Grey Lady’ Opposite Eric Dane". Deadline. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  17. "Natalie Zea To Star In ABC Series ‘Members Only’ Directed By R.J. Cutler". Deadline. August 4, 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  18. Liz Raftery (August 4, 2014). "Natalie Zea to Star in ABC's Members Only". TV Guide. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  19. Lesley Goldberg. "ABC's 'Members Only' Not Moving Forward (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  20. Nellie Andreeva. "Natalie Zea To Star In Jason Jones & Samantha Bee’s TBS Vacation Pilot - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  21. "Natalie Zea & Travis Schuldt Engaged :". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  22. "Natalie Zea Marries Travis Schuldt: The Following Star's Wedding - Us Weekly". Us Weekly. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  23. "Natalie Zea Pregnant, Expecting First Child with Travis Schuldt – Moms & Babies – Celebrity Babies and Kids - Moms & Babies -". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  24. "Natalie Zea Is Pregnant: Justified Star Expecting First Child - Us Weekly". Us Weekly. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  25. Leon, Anya (November 5, 2015). "Natalie Zea Welcomes Daughter Reygan". People. Patrick Gomez. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 

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