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Actress Natalie Loren Kwatinetz Talks ‘The Tribes of Palos Verdes’, Career

Photo by John Hong

Photo by John Hong

Born in Liverpool, England, actress Natalie Loren Kwatinetz was captivated by American films from an early age.

Although her striking looks would eventually lead her to a successful modeling career –including working with famed British fashion photographer, Bob Carlos Clark, Natlalie eventually became an in-demand DJ before launching an acting carer with a resume that includes appearances in “Entourage”, “Violence” and 30 Seconds To Mars’ short film, “Up In The Air”.

Natalie’s next role will be in the upcoming Jennifer Garner film, “The Tribes of Palos Verdes”.

The film focuses on the lives of two teenagers who move to Palos Verdes, an affluent suburb of Los Angeles. Their mother (Garner) teeters on the brink of a nervous breakdown while one of her daughters turns to surfing to escape her troubled home life. Natalie plays Gina, a member of the local tennis club that their mother dislikes. The film, which also stars Alicia Silverstone and Elisabeth Rohm is expected to be released in late 2017.

I recently spoke with Natalie about “The Tribes of Palos Verdes”, her career and more in this exclusive new interview.

How did this project come about for you?

It was a typical audition process. Originally, I had auditioned for a different role but when I went in to meet with the director, Emmett Malloy, we decided to go with anther role for me. I was very excited to be a part of it.

What attracts you to a script?

Great writing and getting to work with different directors and talking to them. I love great characters and storytelling and being taken on an emotional journey.

How would you describe the story of “The Tribes of Palos Verdes” and your character, Gina?

It’s the story about Jennifer Garner’s character and the lives of her teenagers when the family moves to Palos Verdes. While there, she meets my character. Gina is someone who likes to play tennis and have a perfect life, which is something Jennifer’s character doesn’t find very attractive [laughs].

What was the chemistry like on set and getting to work with Jennifer Garner?

It was great working with Jennifer. Her character was so different from things she’s done in the past. The vibe on set was amazing; everyone was ready to work, and it’s great to be around that creatively. 

Did you always know you wanted a career in entertainment? Was it something you always aspired to do?

Absolutely. I started out as a model and had a huge passion for music as well. I was a DJ for a while, performing as Luxury Kills and performing at a lot of clubs in L.A. and fashion shows in New York. It was a fun time. I soon started to get more involved in acting because it was another passion of mine. Although I still love music I eventually decided to give up DJ’ing and concentrate more on film work.

What is it about the creative process that excites you the most?

I love it when you get a script and you know the director and character and can already get a feel for what kind of vibe it’s going to be.

Do you ever see yourself getting on the other side of the camera at some point?

I’d love to eventually get into directing and producing. It’s definitely something I’d like to do at some point.

What’s something people may not know about you?

I like to paint and draw and would actually like to go to art school — if I could find the time [laughs]. I really like drawing faces and trying to capture expressions.

Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?

I’ve been living between New York and L.A. Right now, it’s pilot season now and there are a few things happening that I can’t announce just yet — stay tuned!

What excites you the most about his next phase of your career?

I’m just looking forward to working on more great projects. There’s a lot of things happening in L.A. right now, so it’s very exciting.

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