Natalie Martinez, a model and actress, is a recognizable name in the American entertainment industry today. The Cuban American started out with a bit of an advantage that has worked perfectly well for her. When Natalie was twenty-four years old, in 2008, veteran American singer, Jennifer Lopez saw the talent in her and personally hired her as the spokesmodel for her fashion line, J.Lo. Since then, the talented model/actress has been on a steady career rise. Today, she boasts of countless achievements in her acting and modeling career. Read on to learn important facts to know about her.
Natalie Martinez is an American national with Cuban roots born in Miami, Florida on July 12, 1984 to Manuel Martinez and Odalys Martinez. Further details on her parents or family backgrounds such as the professions of her parents or the names and number of her siblings (if any) are not available at the moment. While the kind of childhood Natalie had is not known, she is said to have started dreaming of becoming a supermodel from her early years.
She received training under nuns and priests at the Miami-based Roman Catholic high school, St. Brendan’s High School. After high school, the model proceeded to Miami Dade College, in Florida, for her higher education. However, it is unknown at this time what course of study she pursued at college.
Although Natalie Martinez has once been rumored to be in a relationship with her fellow actress and model, Nadine Velazquez, this was never confirmed or denied. Nevertheless, it is quite apparent to everyone that the two belles get along quite well.
Movies And TV Shows
As an actress, Natalie Martinez has done well for herself in TV, film as well as in music videos. What’s more, she is one of the few actors/actresses who started out her career with starring roles. In her first credited TV role, she starred as ‘Michelle Miller’ in the MyNetworkTV nighttime soap opera Fashion House. She appeared in 55 episodes on the show that aired between September 5 and December 5, 2006.
The following year, she received her second credited role on TV which was also a lead role. She appeared as ‘Pilar Martin’, in 62 episodes of the MyNetworkTV’s telenovela, Saints And Sinners which premiered in March 2007. Her first film role came in the 2008 film Death Race where she was cast as ‘Case’. This has turned out to be one of her most referenced movie roles ever.
Natalie’s next main role on TV was as ‘Detective Ariana Sanchez’ in the ABC’s police procedural drama series Detroit 1-8-7 which aired between 2010 and 2011. She appeared in 18 episodes of the series. She was then cast as ‘Detective Jamie Lovato’ in the hit CBS police procedural series CSI: NY. She appeared in 12 episodes of the series between 2012 and 2013.
Going further, between 2013 and 2014, the talented actress appeared in another main role as ‘Deputy Linda Esquivel’ in the CBS science fiction drama series Under The Dome, appearing in 14 episodes.
Natalie Martinez’s other main TV roles have included acting as ‘Jessica Murphy’ in the ABC’s mystery anthology series Secrets And Lies (2015, 10 episodes); as ‘Alicia Mendez’ on the Audience Network’s drama series, Kingdom (2015 to 2017, 16 episodes); as ‘Theresa Murphy’ on the FOX procedural drama APB (2017, 12 episodes) and as ‘Reece’ in the ABC science fiction thriller, The Crossing (2018, 11 episodes). She landed the main role as ‘Chase’ in the Netflix science fiction web series named The I-Land. Natalie was also cast in the 2019 film Uglydolls.
As already mentioned, Natalie Martinez has also graced a number of music videos, these include Señorita by Justin Timberlake, We Be Burnin by Sean Paul, Live & Breathe by Self Scientific, Ne’ool Eih by Amr Diab, Rain Over Me by Pitbull (feat. Marc Anthony), and Yo Te Quiero by Wisin & Yandel.
Natalie Martinez’s Career Achievements
It was already mentioned that Jennifer Lopez had employed Natalie Martinez to work as the spokesmodel for her fashion line J.Lo in 2008. But what we did not tell you is that Natalie was chosen among 5000 candidates who entered for the enviable position. Needless to say, that was a great feat achieved by Natalie.
Also, as a model, Natalie has covered highly prestigious magazines such as Maxim UK and Cosmopolitan (Mexican Edition). Though she hasn’t won any major awards yet, considering her talent and charm, it is certain to happen in the future.