The lithe and graceful Lone Star actress Natalie Zea attended Monahans High School in her hometown of Pasadena, TX, in the early '90s, graduating in 1993. In pursuit of a dramatic career, Zea subsequently moved to the Big Apple, where she enrolled in the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and built a solid foundation as a theatrical player in such off-Broadway productions as [[Performer~P316603~Chekhov~antonchekhov]]'s The Three Sisters and [[Performer~P314726~William Shakespeare~williamshakespeare]]'s A Midsummer Night's Dream.
After graduation, Zea shifted focus; honing in almost exclusively on filmed work, she appeared in innumerable student and low-budget productions, and partially supported herself with work on television commercials, promoting such brands as Lucky Strike, Dove, Hellman's, and Snickers. A low-budget film collaboration with fellow actors [[Performer~P27281~John Glover~johnglover]] and [[Performer~P150595~Gloria Reuben~gloriareuben]], [[Feature~V177621~Macbeth in Manhattan~macbethinmanhattan]] (1999), followed, along with a two-year stint as Gwen Hotchkiss on the daytime drama [[Feature~V404698~Passions~passions[tvseries]]]. Zea also made her way into prime time, with guest work on such series as [[Feature~V220880~CSI~csi:crimesceneinvestigation[tvseries]]], [[Feature~V295550~Two and a Half Men~twoandahalfmen[tvseries]]], and [[Feature~V273395~Without a Trace~withoutatrace[tvseries]]], as well as a recurring part on [[Feature~V270119~The Shield~theshield[tvseries]]], as Lauren Riley. Then, in the mid- to late 2000s, Zea locked down two regular small-screen roles with ABC: Trish Agermeyer on the short-lived "financial intrigue" series [[Feature~V326493~Eyes~eyes[tvseries]]] (co-starring [[Performer~P16711~Tim Daly~timdaly]]) and filthy rich divorcée Karen Darling on the weekly prime-time soap [[Feature~V398648~Dirty Sexy Money~dirtysexymoney[tvseries]]]. She appeared in the first season of Hung, and enjoyed the regular role of Winona Hawkins in the well-regarded series Justified. On the big screen she could be seen in the comedy The Other Guys and the thriller InSight. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi